Holiday festivities in Madisonville


Madisonville’s Gingerbread Market, hosted by Sweet Pickin’s Market, Madisonville Department of Marketing and Tourism and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, will take place on Friday and Saturday at the Sidewalk Cattleman Association Pavilion and will be followed by the annual Christmas parade.

The idea to add the market to the Christmas festivities on the weekend of the parade started with Laura Lawrenz, Director of Marketing and Tourism for Madisonville, and Tammy Farkas, who owns the Sweet Pickin’s Market with her sister Jana Vise. Farkas recommended the market and they went to Liz Ward, the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Coordinator. From there, they worked to secure the MSCA Pavilion for the market.

According to the event’s Facebook page, vendors will have antiques, vintage items and handcrafted items such as jewelry, signs, soaps, linens furniture, boutique clothing, gourmet food and more.

“We are hoping it brings new people to Madisonville and Madison County to shop, stay and eat for the holidays as well as enjoy the lighted Christmas parade and cookies with Santa,” said Farkas. “Madison County has a lot to offer and the people are wonderful. Everyone should see how fabulous it really is to live, work and shop here.”

They are also working with the Madisonville Animal Control no kill shelter to raise funds. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards helping the shelter get items needed to help care for the animals they house. They are currently in need to food, blankets, toys for the pets, towels, kennels, food bowls and other essentials.

Because of the MSCA’s generous help with the event, another portion of the proceeds will go to help them purchase animals for the kids. Volunteers from Madisonville High School and House of Hope will assist the event.

There are many local vendors from Madison County, but some will come from as far as Nacogdoches and Houston. A number of local sponsors have assisted as well including MARI, Brookshire Brothers, Monterey Mushrooms, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Madisonville and the Meteor.

“The sponsors and volunteers have helped make this event possible,” said Farkas. “It has been exciting to see the entire town and county pull together for this event.”

Tickets cost $4 in advance and $5 at the door and can be purchased at the Sweet Pickin’s Market in Bryan or the Madisonville Meteor.

Some of the vendors you will find at the event include Scensty, Waltscreek, Usborne Books & More, Face Fantasy Painting, Roberta’s Crafts, Ruby Moon, La Ti Da Handmade Creations, Skulls & Roses/Stacy Lara, Eclectic Dragonfly Furnishings, LLC, Libby’s Quilting Creations, Alonah Hair and Skincare, Dangles, Twinkles & Dreams, Huntsville Pets Helping People, Matcek Sawmill Company, CNH Exchange, Texas Tins, Virgin Artisan Soaps, Cynfulee Sweet & Delicious, A rare find fashion boutique, It’s a Nono & Llli Thing, Sawfishdesigns, Clay’s Pots, Grandma Kim’s Fried Pies and Breads, X2 Ranch Designs Crafts and Embroidery, Ivy Lane, Mary Jane’s Kitchen, Texas Best Kettlecorn, Jo’s Food Sale, Game Day, Metal Art from Mexico and Lolly’s Lovelys.

The doors to the market will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday. On Friday, the doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and the 38th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will follow at 5:30. After the parade, pictures with Santa and cookies will be available at the Kimbro Center.

The parade’s Grand Marshall will be 14-year old Faith Farris, a Midway resident and decorated rodeo competitor. Farris was the National Youth Cutting Horse Association year-end reserve world champion in 2017 and she surpassed that effort this year by earning the NYCHA year-end world champion title.

Farris is a back-to-back winner of the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Title. She is currently a freshman in high school and has aspirations to study cosmetology and become a makeup artist.