TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The Marshall Chamber of Commerce is preparing for its 36th annual Fire Ant Festival on Saturday.
Thousands of people are expected to attend the event in downtown Marshall. Stormy Nickerson with the chamber of commerce shared the story of how the festival got its unusual name.
“George Smith, who was the actually the editor of the News Messenger at the time, 36 years ago. He said if I had named it the Magnolia Festival, would be still be talking about 36 years later?” Nickerson said.
She said people of all ages will enjoy the event, which will take place October 13.
“It’s actually a family fun-oriented event, we’re very proud of it because we have free concerts, free events, everything from free petting zoos to low-cost entertainment,” she said.
The festival opens Saturday at 9 a.m. and will last until 11:30 p.m.. The event is a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce.