Every spring, folk songwriters and those who love the music they create gather at Quiet Valley Ranch just south of Kerrville for the Kerrville Folk Festival, an 18-day celebration of the storytellers in this unique musical genre. In its fifty-plus-year history, the festival has featured headliners and newcomers alike, and it’s become a gathering with a national reputation...so much so that the festival’s population rivals that of Kerrville itself!
Every October, the townspeople and business owners in Comfort are invited, and encouraged, to take part in their annual Scarecrow Invasion..and they do so in some of the most creative ways imaginable. It’s a fun tradition that enhances community spirit, and one that has grown over the years to inspire smiles all over the Hill Country. One can easily imagine the hard work and inspiration that goes into the displays you’ll see everywhere in town...and we mean EVERYWHERE.
There are jokes about small towns in the Hill Country (and, in our travels, we’ve heard them in a lot of other places in the US, too). You’ve probably heard some of them: blink and you miss it; it’s just a wide spot in the road; they roll up the sidewalks at 8 o’clock every night; Sally Jones had twins and doubled the town’s population. It’s perhaps because of these jokes that we’ve found the smaller the town, the more proud people are to claim being from them. We’ll revisit that point in a minute.