Festivals Energize Midlothian's Culture

By Rebecca Denton on April 29, 2011 at 10:56 am EST
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Midlothian is known for its vibrant community festivals, which are a key part of its rich culture that celebrates the best aspects of small-town life.

The city hosts a range of lively gatherings throughout the year, from the popular Easter egg hunt in April to the Light Up Parade in December. The events are sponsored by local businesses and civic groups.

“It’s a wonderful thing, and it’s what sets Midlothian apart,” says Parks and Recreation Manager James Berman. “This community prides itself on community. You hear the word ‘community’ all the time, but that’s truly what Midlothian is. It’s all about going to youth sporting events and participating in community events.”

The popular Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Festival in May features arts, crafts, food vendors, live music and other entertainment for the whole family.

In June, the Summer Balloon Classic takes place at Mid-Way Regional Airport on Highway 287 between Midlothian and Waxahachie. The event is an aviation extravaganza featuring 40 hot air balloons in addition to airplanes, helicopters, military aircraft, gliders, skydivers, powered parachutes, RC aircraft and more on display and in flight.

Also in the summer, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County hosts its annual Quilt Show, which features the intriquate works of Midlothian’s virbrant quilting community. The show is held in the Midlothian Conference Center, a 39,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The conference center offers catering services, convention space and wireless Internet access throughout – an impressive amenity for a town of Midlothian’s size.

Family movies at Hawkins Spring Park during the spring and summer, along with free summer concerts, community dances and other events at Kimmel Park and the downtown business district.

A thriving farmers market is held at the downtown Heritage Park during the warm-weather months. The city’s 11 parks are well-maintained and well-used, with many of the smaller green spaces booked year-round for parties, weddings and other special events.

Just a 30-minute drive from Midlothian in Dallas and Fort Worth are a wealth of other cultural attractions, including museums, theaters, the Dallas Zoo, the Fort Worth Zoo and much more.

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