Big Changes Proposed for Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival

BRYAN, Texas Big changes are in the works for a Bryan festival that's had trouble just breaking even over the years.

The Downtown Bryan Association officially took over management responsibilities for the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival. Officials with the group said they want to move the festival from the Fall to the Spring. They presented their ideas to Bryan City Council at Tuesday night's workshop meeting.

Sandy Farris with the Downtown Bryan Association said there are several reasons to move the date of the festival, including better weather and avoiding the already busy football season.

"We want to work with all the parties who are interested in Texas Reds, and determine the best date for the festival," said Farris.

If the move is approved by council, Farris said their won't be time to plan for the Spring of 2014, so the next event will be held in 2015. Farris said this would give them plenty of time to get ready.

"It would give us ample time to plan well, to execute it well and to market it statewide," said Farris.

Not everyone is happy about the proposed change. Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said he thinks Springtime is already so packed with events that it wouldn't be a good move for the festival.

"I think there's a lot of things going on in April and May. And all the months are busy except June of July. But it's just too hot to host it during the summer time," said Bienski.

Ultimately, it will be up to the mayor and council to decide.

Farris said no matter the outcome, the Downtown Bryan Association wants to pick a date and stick with it. The event has been rescheduled several times over its seven-year history.

Farris said they're also considering enhancing the name to include more of what the festival has to offer.

Bienski said the city could have a decision by next Monday.


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