Texas Reds Festival kicks off this weekend in downtown Bryan

POSTED: Friday, October 12, 2012 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 15, 2012 - 4:59pm

BRYAN -- Hopefully it won't rain too much this weekend because it's that time again to drink some wine and eat some steak at the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival in downtown Bryan.

It's Bryan largest event of the year and it all kicks off this weekend.

"The sixth annual Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival," said Joey Dunn, Bryan deputy city manager.

More than 20,000 people are expected to head downtown for some wine and steak.

Jason McQuaid and his wife drove all the way here from Laguna Beach, California to try and sell some of their hand blown glass.

"We're hoping to meet some really cool people and just educate them a little bit about the art that we do," said McQuaid.

The Proudest Monkey, a local bar new to the Texas Reds Festival this year, is also hoping to cash in this weekend.

"Oughta be a bit of a crazy weekend so we hope we get a lot of business and we've been trying to prepare for it," kitchen manager Arthur Mims said.

Despite the boom local businesses see the Texas Reds is in the red by about $141,000 but the city hopes this year will be different.

"The good news is this year we designated all the funding for that amount to come from the hotel/motel fund, the occupancy taxes," Dunn said.

If you decide to come enjoy the Texas Reds Festival this weekend gates open at 9 Saturday morning and it'll cost you five bucks to get in.


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