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Searching for an area full of fun, family and fellowship? Look no further than the city of Huntsville and Walker County. The quality of life offered to visitors and residents is like no other. The community prides itself on their outstanding scholastics, plentiful work opportunities and attractions and events sure to entertain all.

The family-centered community is bustling with festivals, parades and seasonal events, providing entertainment for all ages. The annual Fair on the Square, held the first Saturday in October, has been a main attraction in the Huntsville area for nearly 45 years. Staged in the heart of historic downtown Huntsville, the fair is hosted by the Huntsville-Walker County Chamber of Commerce and features nearly 400 booths, including unique items, some handcrafted, sure to help shoppers get ready for the Christmas and fall holidays. The fair also features live music on stage in the beer garden for an afternoon of sipping on a beverage while soaking in some Texas country music. The Wine Knot provides a quaint atmosphere for patrons to sip and taste wine from many Texas Vineyards and also enjoy cheese, fruit and crackers provided by the new local H.E.B. store, as well as food pairings from several local restaurants. There is even something for the children at the Kids Korner. From petting zoos to bungee runs, kids of all ages are sure to have a great time.

The Walker County Fair & Rodeo has brought in crowds for 40 years. This 10-day event each March pays homage to many strong traditions in the area. Guests will enjoy the queen and court pageant, barbecue cookoff, fair food, rides, livestock and music.

However, these festivities aren’t all that bring visitors to the area.

Visitors and historians also come to the area to learn more about the legendary Sam Houston. Huntsville became the home of Sam Houston who served as the first and third president of the Republic of Texas, governor of Texas, governor of Tennessee, U.S. senator and Tennessee congressman. Houston’s life in Huntsville is commemorated by a 77-foot statue near Interstate 45, his grave and the Sam Houston Memorial Museum.

In addition, the Sam Houston Folk Festival is held annually and is sponsored by a committee associated with the Sam Houston Memorial Museum, said Huntsville City Secretary Lee Woodard.

Sam Houston was also honored by the naming of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. For more than 137 years, the university has strived to honor its historical roots through excellence both in the classroom and with extracurricular activities.

While the university continues its tradition of excellence, the local K-12 schools also receive excellent marks and contribute to a high quality of life. The area boasts three public school districts, as well as two private school, providing families with ample educational choices for their children.

The area also doesn’t fall short when it comes to dining options, from sushi to deli foods, just about any cuisine can be found. Many new restaurants have put down roots in Huntsville during recent years and more are in the works.

In addition to area eateries, the Business and Community Expo and Taste of Huntsville have given residents and visitors an opportunity to try out tasty treats supplied by area restaurants. The expo, sponsored by the Chamber, has been showcasing local businesses through this event for more than 30 years. n By Gennie Taylor