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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 21:03

The East Texas Yamboree, one of the oldest continious festivals in Texas was established in 1935 under the direction of John Brogoitti, the Chamber of Commerce manager. Also involved were volunteers from the County Extension Service, the Rotary Club and the Gilmer HIgh School Ag Dept. The festival was planned to be in conjuction with the Texas Centennial Celebration.

The name Yamboree was used because the yam (sweet potato) had been a major cash crop in the area during the 1930's. Yam growers had been under a quarantine because of a weevil infestation but by 1935 the ban was lifted and yams were once again being shipped.

The festival proved to be so popular that the committee decided it would be a yearly event. The only years when the Yamboree did not run was a three year stretch during World War II.

The East Texas Yamboree is a non-profit organization directed by four officers and an elected board.All events are planned and executed by many community volunteers who spend countless hours year round to make sure that the over one hundred thousand who come during the four day celebration have a time to remember.

For more information contact the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce 903.843.2413

 

 

 
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