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Frequently asked questions

Where is Huntsville, Texas?


Huntsville Texas is located in Walker County in east Texas, approximately 70 miles north of Houston and 170 miles south of Dallas via Interstate 45. It is also located on Texas Highway 30 (west to Bryan-College Station) and Highway 190 (east to Livingston). We are nestled among the beautiful tall pines of East Texas. The fair is held on the quaint historic downtown square and covers 3 city blocks.




What is Fair On The Square?


For over 40 years the Fair on the Square has been a hot spot to find one of kind treasures and gift items. The Fair is hosted by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce and depends on the generosity of many sponsors and volunteers! Approximately 380 booths of arts, crafts, food and entertainment are sure to please festival patrons of all ages and gender. In addition, the Fair on the Square is an opportunity to bring literally thousands of visitors to our community, which boosts our tourism market. Visitors include not only people coming to the fair to shop but the vendors as well. The Fair on the Square provides an ideal opportunity to market the many businesses, organizations, churches and clubs that thrive in the Huntsville community. The Chamber is a member and COMMUNITY service organization whose mission is to promote an environment to enhance the economic success of business in Walker County. The Fair on the Square is just one element that helps us fulfill that mission.




What is the date and time for Fair On The Square?


Fair On The Square is held on the 1st Saturday in October EVERY YEAR! This year the event will be on October 3, 2020 from 9:00am- 5:00pm. It is an outdoor event! See ya there!




What lodging options are available in Huntsville?


There are several places in Huntsville to accomodate your needs. Check out our "Lodging" tab to find the perfect place for you! Don't forget to mention you're in town for Fair On The Square!




What is included in my booth fee?


You will receive a 10 x 10 booth space. Canopy tents are not required but encouraged as this is completely an outdoor event, we do not supply these, you will need to bring your own. Please secure your canopy as well, the majority of booths will be located on the street. Electricity is ONLY available for our food vendors. We would love to offer electricity to everyone but simply do not have the means to do so. When choosing your booth space take into consideration that most spaces have drive up access for loading and unloading, however; booths on 12th Street do not. These particular booths are located in the middle of the street, therefore; these vendors will need to park at the end of the street and carry in their items. Remember to also bring adequate help for setting up your booth. We plan to have many volunteers, some from SHSU, but we cannot guarantee that you will have help setting up and tearing down.




I am interested in being a vendor at your show?


We would love to have you join us at Fair On The Square! For more information, check out the "Vendor" tab located at the top of the screen.




Where can I park for the fair?


Need a place to park? We've got you covered! See our "Parking" tab at the top of the screen for more information!




Do you have handicap parking available?


Yes we do but it is limited. Several spots are reserved on the west and north side of the Walker County Courthouse, located on the corner of Sam Houston Avenue and 11th Street/Hwy 30. However these spaces tend to fill up quickly, so get there early!




What do tickets cost for Fair On The Square?


Admission is FREE! The Pre-Fair On The Square Concert is also FREE! Bring the whole family!




What's cookin at the Fair On The Square?


The popular Food Court will be open all day and will surely tempt your taste buds with some fair favorites such as sausage on a stick, kettlekorn, homemade root beer floats, and many “deep fried” favorites just to name a few! The Food Court is located in the Walker County Annex parking lot on the corner of 13th Street and University Avenue. There are also a couple of restaurants in the area that will be open as well, The Farmhouse Café, City Hall Café, Farmhouse Sweets and Eats, The Patio and The Café Texan. All of these are easy access and walking distance from the fair.




What else will be open in Huntsville on the day of the fair?


Many local merchants located on the square open their doors and extend their genuine Texas hospitality and they encourage you to stop by and see what they have to offer. In addition, Huntsville is the proud home of Sam Houston. The Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the Sam Houston Statue and Visitor Center are two must sees while in our community. The Texas Prison Museum and the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum also provide a wealth of information and enjoyment. See the chamber website for more opportunities of places to visit while you are here!




Can I bring my own golf cart?


Golf carts are not permitted on the streets. There is simply not enough room with all the spectators.




Can I bring my furry friends?


Small pets are allowed but MUST be on a leash. Also remember dogs cant flush…if it poops, YOU SCOOP!




Do vendors accept credit cards at the fair?


Most of them are able to do so with the technology options provided today. However, not all may accommodate this form of payment. We have several ATM’s available throughout the fair for your convenience.




Is there entertainment at the fair?


YES!!! A Pre-Fair on the Square concert kicks off the event on Friday night. The Pre Fair on the Square Concert is Friday, October 4th Gates OPEN at 8:00pm, concert begins at 9:00 p.m.-midnight FREE Entry! There is also LIVE music in the Beer Garden all day Saturday!




What happens if it rains?


You won't melt! We promise. But seriously, we all get wet! The Fair on the Square is designated a “rain or shine” event. The Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce will cancel the event only if it is determined that safety is an issue. We encourage everyone to pray for sunshine!!




What's in it for the kids?


The Kids Korner is located in Rather park, located on the corner of the 13th and University Avenue. Many of the attractions in the Kids Korners are FREE! The Boys and Girls Club of Walker County host an arts and crafts station along with Home Depot, providing hours of fun for children to build and create! Children can also enjoy the petting zoo, pony rides, bounce house, balloon artist, sno cones, face painting and more. Some vendor stations change from year to year so be sure to come out and bring the little ones and enjoy the fun!




Are there First Aid Stations?


There are First Aid Stations located throughout the Fair.





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