Moo-La fest kicks off Thursday

E-T staff report
Moo-La Fest

The annual Moo-La Fest is scheduled for Thursday through Sunday at Stephenville City Park.

With live music, colorful hot air balloons, twilight balloon glows, a carnival, lots of food, dairy activities and more, this year's festival promises to offer something for everyone.

Moo-La Fest is touted as a salute to the region's rich dairy heritage.

The festival kicks off Thursday with Carnival Americana from 6-10 p.m.

Live music starts at 8 p.m. with Scott Kirby, who will be joined by Gabriel Donohue and Davin James, opening for Asleep at the Wheel at Birdsong Amphitheater.

At dusk on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, those attending can wrap up the evening with a hot air balloon glow from 8-9 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the carnival, various vendors, Grub Zone and beer sales will be available from 4-11 p.m.

Kicking off Friday's entertainment will be Dallas singer Michael Hix from 4-5 p.m. Wrapping up Friday's events is The Phil Collins Experience at 8:30 p.m. performing all the greatest hits from Collins' award-winning career as a solo artist and with the band Genesis.

Saturday's events will start bright and early with a hot air balloon fly-in at 6 a.m., followed by the Udderly Epic Fun Run at the City Park with the start and finish line located at NYC Complex concessions. For more information about the run, call (254) 918-1296 or email cblack@stephenvilletx.gov

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the dairy area will feature the Southwest Dairy Farmers Mobile Classroom. The traveling classroom features a milking parlor with a live cow and an oral presentation. 

Also featured on Saturday is the Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival. The wine festival is a separate, ticketed event with tickets available in advance or day of. Check out Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival on Facebook for ticket purchases, call (800) 484-1462, or email tft@texasfortstrail.com. All wineries are local Texas wineries.

Afternoon entertainment kicks off with Holli Garet at 2 p.m. followed by the Decades Band at 4 p.m. playing hits from the 60’s,70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s.

Wrapping up the day is Elton Dan, an Elton John tribute, as well as Gypsies, Doves and Dreams, a tribute to Stevie Nicks.

The festival wraps up on Sunday with the carnival available from noon to 6 p.m.

For more information on the festival, visit visitstephenville.com/moo-la-fest/

Moo-La Fest schedule of events

Thursday, June 3

• 6-10 p.m.: Carnival Americana

• 8-8:30 p.m.: Scott Kirby and Davin James

• 8-9 p.m.: Hot air balloon glow

• 8:30-10 p.m.: Asleep at the Wheel

Friday, June 4

• 4-5 p.m.: Michael Hix

• 4-11 p.m.: Carnival Americana, vendors, Grub Zone, beverage sales

• 6-9 p.m.: Pinspiration

• 8-9 p.m.: Hot air balloon glow

• 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Phil Collins Experience

Saturday, June 5

• 6-7 a.m.: Hot air balloon fly-in

• 8-11 a.m.: Udderly Epic Fun Run

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Dairy area featuring the Longhorn herd from the Texas State Historical Association and Southwest Dairy Farmers mobile classroom.

• 10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Carnival, vendors, Grub Zone, Texas State Historical Association

• 11 a.m.-4 p.m.: Cross Timbers Fine Arts Council, Texas Forts Trail Wine Festival

• 1-11 p.m.: Beverage sales

• 2-3 p.m.: Holli Garret

• 4-5 p.m.: The Decades Show

• 6-7 p.m.: Party Machine

• 6-9 p.m.: Pinspiration

• 8-9 p.m.: Hot air balloon glow

• 8:30-10:30 p.m.: Elton Dan and Gypsies, Doves and Dreams

Sunday, June 6

• Noon-6 p.m.: Carnival Americana