Peppers are the main event at Palestine’s hottest festival. Photo courtesy of the City of Palestine

Palestine is the host of one of Texas’ hottest small-town festivals: the Hot Pepper Festival and Parade. On Oct. 26, eat delicious spicy foods, listen to live music, play family-friendly games, watch the parade go by, and compete in the Hot Pepper Eating Contest (if you think you can handle the heat)! There are also over 200 vendors who set up shop at the event, a farmers market with fresh local produce, and food and drink booths from local restaurants. Past years have included giant hamster ball races, a mechanical bull, human foosball, and more. The festival comes to an end with the Chili’s Street Dance that lasts into the night.


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