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the rules

The following Rules and Regulations have been put in place by GATORFEST officials to ensure the safety of all. Failure to abide by these rules may result in immediate removal from festival grounds and legal action.


  1. No cans, bottles, glass containers or alcoholic beverages are permitted on park grounds

  2. No coolers (except those required for official operation) are permitted on park grounds

  3. Pets are not permitted in the park

  4. Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code A person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411 Government Code may not enter this property with a concealed handgun or weapon

  5. Only displays which have express authorization from festival officials are permitted

  6. Swimming is strictly prohibited

  7. Use of hand held radios (walkie-talkies) is prohibited

  8. All festival attendees, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors, contractors and entertainers are subject to search by Texas GATORFEST security or local law enforcement officials

  9. Participation in any and all activities available at Texas GATORFEST is by choice and at the participant's own risk

  10. No refunds will be given for any reason. No exceptions will be made


Texas GATORFEST takes place in Anahuac, the Alligator Capital of Texas. This designation was bestowed on the city by the State Legislature of Texas because the alligators outnumber the humans almost 3 to 1!

Historic Fort Anahuac Park, located on the mouth of the Trinity River in beautiful Chambers County, is the Festival's scenic site. This truly unique festival combines the alligator, family and good old fashioned Texas two-stepping fun! A celebration of the alligator and its wetlands habitat, this family-oriented festival has something for everyone. Adult carnival rides, kiddie rides, assorted vendors and arts and crafts booths offer goods and experiences that every member of your family can enjoy. Unique attractions like airboat rides, live music and of course the star of the show, the American Alligator, offer festival goers a coastal Texas experience like no other!

The Great Texas Alligator Roundup, the premier event of GATORFEST, invites Texas alligator hunters to bring in their "harvest" to compete for cash prizes. The festival coincides with the opening of the 20 day core habitat alligator season in Texas and the Roundup sees an average of 10 percent of the alligators harvested from the wild in Texas annually. Previous years' winners have been almost 14 feet long! The Alligator Education Tent, where government and private organizations that deal with the alligator and its wetlands habitat, along with the live alligator displays throughout the festival provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife and specialty vendors offering alligator products, combine with the Roundup to give guests a rare opportunity for an "up close and personal" look at this fascinating reptile.

Live music and a variety of walkaround entertainers keep guests amused. Our entertainment is as varied as our guests - from rock and roll to country and western to zydeco and rhythm and blues, fold or gospel. 

All of this, combined with more than 20 food and drink booths offering a variety of fare including alligator prepared in an assortment of ways, make for a bargain in family entertainment.

Texas GATORFEST is a combined effort of The Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce and the citizens of Anahuac inviting visitors to come and see our beautiful and historic community. With a population of only a little over 2,000, the festivals totally volunteer staff of more than 500 workers is truly a representation of the pride that our citizens have in their community. GATORFEST brings more than half a million dollars into the community annually, benefiting many of the civic and nonprofit organizations along with area businesses.

For more information on Texas GATORFEST and the Anahuac area contact The Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce at 409-267-4190.

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