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Oatmeal Festival 2019: Dale Watson and more

Dale Watson headlines the 2019 Oatmeal Festival on Saturday. The event begins Friday evening in Oatmeal and continues the next day in Bertram. Photo from

Get a healthy dose of fun and games at the annual Oatmeal Festival.

The Labor Day weekend celebration is Friday-Saturday, August 30-31, in the tiny community of Oatmeal and the nearby city of Bertram.

Texas honky-tonk veteran Dale Watson headlines the musical portion of the festival on Saturday night. Opener Jarrod Birmingham takes the stage at 9:03 p.m., then Watson, and you can boot scoot until about 1:03 a.m.

So, what’s with the odd-numbered times? Well, one of the first sponsors of the event, which started in 1978 to celebrate the overlooked Oatmeal community, was 3-Minute Brand Oats. All events continue to start and finish at either 3 minutes or 33 minutes after the hour in honor of the “3-Minute” name, even though the company is no longer a sponsor.

This year’s big sponsor is Bob’s Red Mill oats and whole grains company.

The 2019 Oatmeal Festival gets rolling at 5:03 p.m. Friday in the Oatmeal Community Center, 7324 CR 336 in Oatmeal. Enjoy arts and crafts vendors, a barbecue supper, a cake auction, an appearance by Mr. Groaty Oats, and the Miss Oatmeal Pageant.

The Ben Watson Band rounds out the first day with a performance at 8:33 p.m.

On Saturday, the action heads north to Bertram on an early trail ride starting at 8:03 a.m. The Run for Your Oats 5K also begins at that time.

Most of the activities and vendors can be found in downtown Bertram on Vaughan Street or nearby. The schedule includes:

  • 9:03 a.m. — silent auction
  • 9:33 a.m. — pet parade
  • 9:33-11:33 a.m. — oatmeal bake-off turn-in at the Allied building 10:33 a.m. — grand parade and Grits Guzzler
  • 11:03 a.m. — live music starts with Johnnie Mae Wheeler in the park
  • 11:33 a.m. — barbecue plates go on sale for $10; barbecue cook-off winners announced; and live music by Tomzap on the main stage
  • 12:03 p.m. — washer pitching contest; World Championship Games; children’s area opens
  • 1:33 p.m. — Bertram Homecoming at the Joanne Cole Mitte Memorial Library, 170 N. Gabriel St.
  • 2:03 p.m. — live music by The Steel Belts on the main stage
  • 3:03 p.m. — bake-off winners announced
  • 9:03 p.m. — Street dance featuring Watson and Birmingham

More live music can be heard at the Globe Theatre, 132 W. Vaughan St., starting with Algerita Hill at 11:03 a.m. and followed by Stetson Walker at 1:03 p.m. and Oatmeal Sound Company at 3:03 p.m. Theater wristbands are $5 and let the holder come and go throughout the shows.

For more on the 2019 Oatmeal Festival and registration forms, visit

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