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October 5 2019 - Oil Festival Pageant October 12 - Oil Fest

Van Oil Festival 2019

We're breathing new life into the Oil Festival this year!  Along with all the same great vendors, food and activities going on all day, we'll have all the traditional events with the addition of a few new events we're sure you will enjoy:

Schedule of events

Oct 5 - Oil Festival Pageant Contest

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The 40th Annual Van Oil Pageant will begin on Sunday, September 22, 2019  with the mandatory Oil Pageant Tea at the “Movie House” in downtown Van.


The rehearsal will be on Wednesday October 2rd at the Van JR Hi Auditorium.  


The Pageant will take place at the Van Jr Hi  Auditorium on Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Download  registration and rules at the bottom of the page.  



Oct 12 7:00 am - 5K Run

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Sponsored by Camp Gladiator - Van

All profits will be donated to the Van ISD Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

Admission price includes the price of an awesome (notice the BOLD) T-shirt

Race packet pickup begins at 7:00am

Run starts at 8:00am


Wanna run?  Why not... click here  for more information and to register

Oct 12 10:00 am - PARADE

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Be sure to get your spot early for the annual Oil Festival Parade!  A lot of work has been into a lot of floats - get out and support your town (and maybe get some candy too... )


Wanna be in the parade?  Who wouldn't want to be in the parade?  Download registration and rules at the bottom of the page

Oct 12 1:00 pm - Grill'n and Chill'n

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If you are a carnivore, this is where you will want to be on Saturday at 1:00pm.  Cookers will be giving out samples and also selling their meats after the judging.  Can you say 'meat sweats'?


Wanna join the cooking mayhem?  You don't have to be a pro... just a good cook.  


Click here for rules

Click here to register

Oct 12 3:00pm - "Pot Rod" Races

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Yep - racing outhouses.  Being #1 in the #2 business is the mantra of this event... and it's exactly what it appears to be:  An outhouse on wheels racing as fast as 3-4 people can push /pull it.   "Hold my beverage while I do this...".  


Wanna race?  If you're a little creative and have 3 friends, C'mon! 


Click here for rules

Click here to register

Oct 12 5:00pm - Holly Tucker

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To close out the Van Oil Festival, Holly Tucker, contestant from season 4 of 'The Voice', is described by her coach, Blake Shelton, as "the most effortless, accurate, and powerful voice he had ever heard".  

The Festival is also proud to present two very talented opening acts:  Elfin Paige and local talent Chase McClanahan.  Don't miss this very special event!  


Early bird and online specials are in effect!  Folks coming from Waco - get your 1/2 price tickets now!   Easiest and cheapest is ONLINE!

Wanna be a vendor for Van Oil Festival?

We're on the lookout for all types of vendors from food to retail.  Download the registration form at the bottom of the page and send it back to us!