Dust off your camo for Camofest Saturday


The Fourth Annual Wild Game and Wine Camofest will be in downtown Bay City from 1–6 p.m. this Saturday. The festival takes place mainly on Avenue G in the historic downtown square of Bay City and entry is completely free, although there are various paid ticket levels to sample the game and wine offerings. 

Camofest is a celebration of the painter Forrest Clemenger Bess (1911–1977), a native of Bay City and renowned worldwide. During the Second World War, Forrest was commended for creating camouflage while serving in the Army Corps of Engineers.

There will be several wineries, and a cash bar for wine by the glass and for purchase by the bottle will be available as well as Texas craft beer.

The festival will feature live entertainment by The Zydeco Dots from 1–2:30 p.m., Tidehaven High School graduate Colby Swift from 2:30–4 p.m. and Texas Joe Bailey & Sweet Leaf Junction from 4–6 p.m.

The Texas Grand Slam Package is $50, which is the best value and lets patrons participate in everything at the festival.  

The Wild Game and Wine Food Camp Package is $15, which includes a wristband that is good for one entry into the Wild Game Food Camp.  

All drinks and wine sample tickets are sold separately. 

One Sheet of Camofest Cash is $20/per sheet; Camofest Cash tickets are valued at $1 increments and sold in sheets of 20. 

All online sales will end at midnight on Thursday and can be picked up through Friday at 1112 Seventh Street from noon–5 p.m. or at the will call booth the day of the event.

For more information on Camofest, go to www.baycitycamofest.com.

To become a vendor at this year’s Camofest, download the Vendor Application on www.baycitycamofest.com and mail, fax/email the application to Bay City Camofest, Bay City Main Street (1900 Fifth Street, Bay City), Fax: 979-323-1642/Email: sstory@cityofbaycity.org. To discuss Camofest and its vendor opportunities in more detail, contact Sheryl Vasek at camofestbaycityvendor@gmail.com or call Shelly at Bay City Main Street at 979-245-8081.

The fun-filled “Camo” weekend kicks off with a free concert on Friday from 6–11 p.m. at the Wolf Moon Concert with “Something Else” opening the concert and a Journey cover band “San Antonio Lights” taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.  There will be a beer tent, food and cornhole, as well.

From 8–11 a.m. the next day there will be a Skeet Shooting Competition at Serve Outdoors Matagorda Cajun Haven Range & Sporting Club (1499 Hwy 2431, Markham), the awards will be called at Camofest along with the Duck Calling awards, and at 11:30 a.m. will be a Camo Half K, then Wild Game and Wine from 1–6 p.m. will round out the “Camo” weekend. Get tickets at www.baycitycamofest.com.

The Bay City Main Street Program is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the historic downtown district. Camofest is designed to introduce people to a variety of attractions downtown and highlight Matagorda County’s natural beauty and bounty.

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