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World Class Fishing

Enjoy the natural beauty of Shelby County on Toledo Bend Reservoir and Lake Pinkston.

Visit Historic Shelby County!

Historic sites dot the landscape throughout Shelby County.

Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

Historic Shelby County Jail ~ Home to Shelby County Chamber of Commerce

John D. Windham Civic Center

26,000 square foot facility hosts events of any size.

RIO Theater

Preserved movie theater with first run movies

Welcome to Shelby County… Gateway to the Texas Forest Country

On behalf of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce, we welcome you to our website!

Shelby County is a myriad of untapped resources. From our historic courthouse, to our historic museum, and to the lakes and landscapes of our beautiful area, we invite you to read further about our community and we extend a special invitation for you to visit us soon.

We've got a friendly, down to earth quality to our community and promise you won't meet a stranger.

Visit our calendar of events page and plan to attend two of the most picturesque festivals in the South, along with a multitude of fishing and recreational activities offered in the area, all throughout the year.

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Thursday,  July 2 ~ Saturday, July 4

Live demonstrations, folklore, carnival, live entertainment,
arts & crafts, parade, pageant, rides, lazer light show and more.


Thursday, July 9th
5:00pm - Opening Ceremony (Official Watermelon Cutting)
Rides Open and Vendors Open
10pm - Festival Closes
Friday, July 10th
3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open
5:30pm - Local Entertainment
5:30pm - Sign up for Pet Show (No farm animals, pets only)
6:00pm - WAM Pet Show
10pm - Festival Closes
Saturday, July llth
7:00am - WAM Fun Run
7:30am - WAM 5K Run/Walk benefiting Shelby County Outreach Ministry
3:00pm - Rides Open and Vendors Open
4-5 pm - Seed Spitting Contest and Speed Eating Contest
5:00pm - WAM Largest Watermelon Weigh-in
6:00pm - WAM Pageant
l0:30pm - Festival Shuts Down

Arm bands will be available for each night of the festival for the

rides and are $20.00. Armbands can be purchased Thursday &
Friday from 5:30 till 10:00 and Saturday 5:30til1 10:30. Admission
buttons are good for entry to the festival or all three days. Adult
buffons are $4 each. Children five and under get in free.


From graceful water fowl to
elusive deep woods songbirds,
Shelby County is home to
hundreds of species. This guide
will get you started on your
birding adventure. We have
plenty of comfy hotels and
restaurants to pamper you
while you are here.


The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce is organized to promote and advance economic enrichment and development, tourism and the social and civic interest of Shelby County and adjoining areas.