Our community values and appreciates what it means to thousands of guests visiting each year. We are excited to share stories and enjoy everything that it means to be part of the hunting, fishing and outdoor recreational activities we have to offer in our own backyard.

Marsh Fest will take place at Winnie-Stowell Community Park in Winnie, Texas on March 2 -4, 2018. This inaugural event will launch in honor of Trevor Lee Chesson.

Activities at Marsh Fest include the Texas State Open Duck and Goose Calling contests, IBCA sanctioned BBQ and Wild Game Cook-off, food and commercial vendors, live music featuring Tracy Byrd and George Dearborne, children’s activities, mutton busting and local scholarship opportunities.

Hunting, fishing, bird watching and wildlife are some of the area’s most popular resources; Winnie Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) is excited to bring Marsh Fest to the local community supporting various events, members and businesses throughout the year. Marsh Fest will also provide memorial scholarships to area schools including East Chambers, Hamshire-Fannett and High Island High Schools and donations toward the fishing teams for East Chambers and Hamshire-Fannett.

Marsh Fest 2018 will be the new host to the Texas State Open Duck Calling Contest. The duck and goose calling contest will bring some of the nation’s top competitors. The winner of the Texas State Open Duck Calling contest will receive entry to the World Championship Duck Calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Winnie Area Chamber of Commerce (WACC) is still accepting applications for cook-off teams, vendors and sponsorship for this inaugural event.

Friday Events:

5:00 PM     Gates and Vendors Open
7:00 PM     Entertainment: Ray Johnston Band on Main Stage
9:00 PM     Wild Game Cookoff
                   Entertainment: Tracy Byrd on Main Stage
12:30 PM   Gates Closed

Saturday Events:

8:00 AM     Gates and Vendors Open
                   Calling Registration begins
                   BBQ Cook-off Starts
9:00 AM     Calling Contest- Youth Duck (12 & under)
11:00 AM   Calling Contest – Intermediate Duck (16 & under)
1:00 PM     Calling Contest – Texas State Open Duck
                   Mutton Bustin’ Registration
                   Gator Country Alligator Expo
3:00 PM     Calling Contest – Team Meat Duck
                  Mutton Bustin’ Starts
4:00 PM     Washer Tournament
5:00 PM     Calling Contest – Open Meat Duck
7:00 PM     Entertainment: Spencer Marks on Main Stage
8:30 PM     Entertainment: George Dearborne on Main Stage

Sunday Events: 

8:00 AM     Gates and Vendors Open
                   Calling Registration Starts
9:00 AM     1st Calling Contest – Hunter Speck
11:00 AM    2nd Calling Contest – Team Speck
1:00 PM      3rd Calling Contest – Open Speck
3:00 PM      4th Calling Contest – Team Snow
5:00 PM      5th Calling Contest – Open Snow
8:00 PM      Gates Closed

Please note: All calling contest times are estimates. They will start at 9AM each day and each contest will run continuously after the prior contest.

Marsh Fest 2018 will be the new host to the
Texas State Open Duck Calling Contest

The duck and goose calling contest will bring some of the nation’s top competitors. The winner of the Texas State Open Duck Calling contest will receive entry to the World Championship Duck Calling contest in Stuttgart, Arkansas.


Marsh Fest BBQ Cook-off

March 2-3, 2018 
Winnie-Stowell Park in Winnie, Texas 

  • Brisket, Pork Spare Ribs & Chicken and Wild Game Entries
  • IBCA sanctioned 
  • Early Entry Bonus – Enter by Feb 15th for drawing for 2 Free Entries 
  • Payout: 80/20 Payout with $2,500 added Money 

Download Form for rules and details: Cookoff Form 2018


Live Entertainment (more details to come)

  • Tracy Byrd – Friday Night

  • George Dearborne – Saturday Night

  • $5 entry fee each night

Mutton Bustin Competition – March 3rd, 2018 
Winnie Park – Arena

Registration Begins @ 1:00 pm
Competition Starts @ 3:00 pm

“Championship Buckle Presented to the Champion”

  • All contestants must be 3-7 years of age and 65lbs. or less to participate.
  • Contestants must be dressed in the proper attire, including long pants and close toed shoes.
  • Helmets and protective vest are recommended. 
  • Begin taking entries on-site March 3rd @1:00 

For More Information Contact: 

  • Cade Barrow @ 409-201-1387
  • Chris Barrow @ 409-201-1357 
  • Winnie Area Chamber of Commerce Office @ 409-296-2231

Click here to preorder your T-Shirts for Marsh Fest 2018

  • Preorders were available until Friday, Februrary 9, 2018
  • A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at Marsh Fest 2018



2018 First Annual Trevor Lee Chesson
Memorial Marsh Fest Sponsors:



Arboretum Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Winnie
County Line Diesel
Maverick – Jerry Nelson
Vortech Contracting, Inc.
Winnie Texaco


Autumn Morrell – Remax One
Hop-N-Jay Ranch – Chloe Hopson
National Toilet Rentals & National Tank & Equipment
Pure Cajun Specialty Foods & Catering / Texas Crawdaddys
Renegade Industrial Supply, LLC
Scott Equipment
Texas Marine
Texas Rice Festival
Winnie Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram


Al-T’s Seafood Steaks   / Stringaree Restaurant & Marina
Anahuac National Bank; East Chambers County Bank; Barbers Hill Bank
Brenda B Wilber CPA
Common Cents Credit Union
Riceland Medical Center & Clinics
Roger & Ranell Revia
Steel Painters, Inc.
Stratton’s True Value Napa
SWAT, Inc.
Texas First Bank
Triple C Project Services, Ltd.


Capital Farm Credit
Carl Griffith – GMJ, Inc.
Coastal Automotive Services – Theo Bertrand
Coastal Outdoors Group
Coastal Sprinkler Company
Diamond F Outfitters
Dairy Queen
Farm & Home Supply
Gentz Cattle Company
John J Wilber / Jeremy J Burrell
KBMT 12 News
Mayes Middleton
McIlvian Enterprises, Inc.
Vector Contracting, Inc.
Winnie Stowell Ducks Unlimited


Cope’s Trailers
County Judge Jimmy Sylvia
D & M Landco, Inc.
Famco Machine Shop
GoGibson Travel, LLC
M & J Fertilizer Company
Raymond James – Buck Thornton
Chambers County Farm Bureau


ACE / Leger Wastewater
Alvarez Ranch
Crawfish Croux Catering Company, LLC
Crystal Beach Club Properties, LLC
Dale’s Pools
High Island Cardinal Club
Lisa Rae Photo & Web Services
Longhorn Drive-In
Lone Star Lube Right
Market Basket
Megan Daigle – Farm Bureau Insurance
My Friends and Me Daycare
Pat’s Fireworks
Prosperity Bank – Rhonda Devillier
Slap Ya MaMa
Texas Prime Waterfowl
The Original Lercy’s
Wilcox Pharmacy
Winnie Stowell Ducks Unlimited
Winnie Veterinary Clinic
Winnie Welding Works


Bauer Ranch
Burr Ridge Fence Company
Cooper’s Manufacturing
Cow Girl T’s and More Embroidery
Daniel & Mandy Andrews
Dr. Frank Rose
Gene’s Powersports Country
Hatfield Garage, LLC
Here’s Your Sign / Print Dynasty
JLC Pools
Knights of Columbus #3452
Lee Family
Merle Norman Cosmetics & Boutique
M & M Air Service
Premium Oilfield Services
Scendero Outfitters
Southern Crane Works
Texas Financial
The Seabreeze Beacon
Wash & Storage


Del Papa
George Dearborne
Giglio Distributing Company
Tracy Byrd

Register your booth at Marsh Fest 2018 for Crafts, Hunting Supplies, Clothing, Art, Outdoors Products, Vehicles, Boats and more…

For more information contact our Winnie Area Chamber of Commerce office at 409-296-2231.

PG-18 Washer Tournament

Saturday, March 3rd at 4:00pm

  • Proceeds go to East Chambers Project Graduation
  • 1st Place winners get 2 sets of washer boards!
  • BBQ Pavilion (next to horseshoe pits at the Winnie-Stowell Park)
  • Sign up at 3:00pm on day of tournament
  • $40 per team (2 people)

For more info, contact Mona Horger at (409) 658-0343 or Tim Horger at (409) 527-0899

Area Hunting Guides


The Drake Plantation


Riceland Outfitters


Pipkin Ranch Outfitters


Broken L Outdoors


Oyster Bayou Hunting Club


CFO  – Central Flyaway Outfitters


Scendero Outfitters LLC
Texas Prime Waterfowl

Marsh Fest Tshirt Preorders have ended - You can find the shirts at the event March 2-4, 2018 Dismiss