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The Great Texas Mosquito Festival is approaching it’s 33rd Annual Festival, scheduled for July 25, 26, & 27, 2013 in Clute, Texas (55 miles southeast of Houston). The Festival was started to promote and encourage tourism in the City of Clute. Over the years, the festival has grown tremendously, attracting some 13,000 plus visitors over the three-day event.
 
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival has received a tremendous amount of publicity across the country in newspapers, magazines, books, on radio and television stations. 

In 2012, Trip Advisor the World’s Most Trusted Travel Website named The Great Texas Mosquito Festival Number 1 in America as the Wackiest Summer Event.  This brought with it a huge array of news media from national television networks, newspapers, websites, and radio shows.  The Today Show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda talked about our Mosquito Legs and Mosquito Calling Contests on the air in July. Your Livable Garden Show which is the longest running garden show in Houston did a live interview with Dana Pomerenke, Chairman Great Texas Mosquito Festival.  Numerous other personnel took interviews from across the country to share in our annual event. 

In 2011, we received an award from Texas Festivals and Events Association for 3rd Place Best Miscellaneous Printed Material. The US Commerce Association notified us we had won the 2011 Best of Clute Award in the Outdoor Category.  Southwest Airlines Spirit Magazine picked our festival to showcase in their July issue where they did a write up and also placed a photo of Willie on their calendar of events.  Boat Us did a write up and placed us on their map showing the Gulf Coast.  We also received numerous interviews from around the world in the month of July. 

In 2010, Great Day Houston with Debra Duncan (Channel 11 KHOU) did a live interview segment from our festival grounds with Dana Pomerenke, Chairman Great Texas Mosquito Festival then aired our Haystack Dive event at the end of her show.  Our festival was a main story for the Travel Section of the Boston Globe in July.  SportsTalk Radio in the UK did a live interview on their Sunday show with Lin Richey, Marketing Director about our sporting events.  Numerous publications and websites such as womansday.com, todayshow.com, and others have written about our festival in 2010. 

In 2008, Author T. Jensen Lacey came to our festival to autograph her book Amazing Texas: Fascinating Facts, Entertaining Tales, Bizarre Happenings, and Historical Oddities About the Lone Star State.  On page 228 and 229 she wrote about The Great Texas Mosquito Festival: See What The Buzz Is About.  We are also in the Texas Hometown Cookbook by Sheila Simmons & Kent Whittaker on page 238 for the festival and Harvest Fun Fest.  Macmillan McGraw-Hill / School Solution Group has done a 2-page spread in the upcoming Texas Reading 2011 book that talks about the City of Clute and The Great Texas Mosquito Festival.

In 2007 the LeBron James Bubblicious® Ultimate Bubble Blowing League™ Tour came to the festival looking for those that could blow the largest bubble!  Our area had a winner that was invited by Bubblicious® to participate in the National  Bubblicious® Bubble Blowing Contest in New York all expenses paid.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for 14 year old Travis Terrell of League City, Texas. 

The Food Network was surfing the internet and came upon our website and were so intrigued that they sent some film crews down to film a portion of our BBQ Fajita Cookoff for a 30 minute segment on All American Festivals (Fajita Festival) that originally aired on January 17, 18, & 23, 2005.  

Besides local recognition, the festival has been seen in U.S.A. Today, Texas Co-Op Power Magazine, Texas Hot Country Magazine, Gulfscapes Magazine, The Anchorage Daily News, People Magazine, Newsweek,  Southern Living, Texas Highways, Bangkok Newspaper, and many more. Live at Five has broadcast from the festival grounds and CBS This Morning has picked it up by satellite. Real People, David Letterman, Johnny Carson Show, Nashville Now, and Fishin' Texas have all talked about the crazy festival down in Clute, Texas.    “Willie-Man–Chew” and his group were photographed with Debra Duncan after her show in the summer of 2002.     Radio stations across the United States have done numerous live interviews with the organizers - the SWAT team members. The American Embassy in Japan and the U.S. Tourist office in London, England have made several inquiries about the festival over the years.  This past year we have had interviews from California, London, Australia, Canada, and several other countries.

 
Hovering over the festival activities is "Willie-Man-Chew", the world's largest mosquito. Willie is a 26 ft. Texas mosquito, complete with a cowboy hat, boots, blown up wings and a big stinger. Willie is a favorite of all festival visitors, and he makes a great photo souvenir. Willie also does festival promotions throughout the year at other events.
 
The Great Texas Mosquito Festival is a three day (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), fun filled, family event. There are numerous contests, such as the Mosquito Chase "Run" (5 KM), Doubles Horseshoe Pitching, Doubles Washer Pitching, BBQ and Fajita Cook-off, Grill Master Competition, O' You Beautiful Doll Contest, Mr. & Mrs. Mosquito Legs Contest, a Mosquito Calling Contest, and many more outrageous events. We also have over a 100 booth spaces with a variety of foods, along with arts and crafts and many more.. The carnival provides three days of fun for children and adults.
 

Awards and Recognition Received

2013 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Award for Best T-Shirt design (2nd place)
2013 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Award for Best Promotions Poster (1st place)
 
2012 Trip Advisior names Great Texas Mosquito Festival Number 1 in America as the Wackiest Summer Event
2012 TFEA Marketing Award (1st Place)
 
2011 TFEA Marketing Award for Best Miscellaneous Printed Material Single Page Entries (3rd Place)
2011 US Commerce Association 2011 Best of Clute Award in the Outdoor Category
 
2010 TAF&E Marketing Award for Advertising-Outdoor Category (1st Place)
2010 TAF&E Marketing Award for Best Sponsorship Follow Up Report Category (2nd Place)
2010 TFEA Marketing Award for Advertising-Outdoor Category (3rd Place)
2010 TFEA Marketing Award for Best Sponsorship Follow Up Report Category (2nd Place)
 
2009 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best Promotional Advertising for Outdoor (1st Place)
2009 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best Other Merchandise (1st Place)
2009 TFEA Marketing Award for Best Event Invitation (1st Place)
2009 TFEA Marketing Award for Best Promotional Poster (1st Place)
 
2008 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best T-Shirt Design (1st Place)
2008 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best Website (2nd Place)
2008 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best Poster (2nd Place)
2008 TAF&E Marketing & Communications Awards for Best Pin/Badge/Button (2nd Place)
 
2007 TFEA Marketing Awards for  Best Hat
2007 TFEA Marketing Awards for Best Pin or Button
 
2006 TFEA Marketing Awards for Best Website
 
2005 TFEA Marketing Awards for Best T-Shirt Design 
2005 TFEA Marketing Awards for Best Website
 
2004 Texas Association of Fairs & Events Marketing & Communications Awards for 2nd Place Best Promotional Poster
 
2003 Event Crazy.com Top 100 Event in 2003 from over 100,000 across the United States
 
2001 TEFA Marketing Award for Best Hat, Medium Festival
 
1993 Texas Festival Association Marketing Award for Best Informational Poster in a Small Festival
 
1991 Texas Festival Association Marketing Award for Best T-Shirt for a Small Festival
 
 
The Original Story of How the Festival Started
 
From his vantage point high atop a moss hung oak. Willie-Man-Chew rested from his long search for a perfect home and surveyed the scene below. Here, in the early summer of 1981, the sight and sounds that greeted him were a delight to his senses. There were healthy, tanned humans playing ball, swimming in an Olympic-sized swimming pool, enjoying state-of-the-art playground equipment, laughing and having fun. Willie's discerning eye noted the lush greenery surround the homes and schools in the neighborhood. Springing, as he does from the finest bloodlines in southern Brazoria County, he realized that he had, at last, found the land of his dreams.
 
Willie quickly marshaled a group of humans as his official goodwill ambassadors and began preparations for the first of the annual festivals that honor him and his fellow mosquitoes the last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of July each year. These ambassadors, whom Willie affectionately and jokingly calls his "Swat Team" present three fun filled days of special events, games, food, carnival rides, and contests, craft booths, cook-offs and much, much more
 
Ya'll come down to Clute, Texas and join us .... for the fun of it!


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