5 things to do in Tomball, Magnolia this Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29

The city of Tomball hosts its Honky Tonk Chili Challenge on Saturday, May 27.

The city of Tomball hosts its Honky Tonk Chili Challenge on Saturday, May 27.

The extended weekend features several patriotic-themed events in Tomball and Magnolia.

Bear Arms of Texas hosts its inaugural Magnolia Silkies Day and Fun Run on May 27 to benefit veterans and veteran nonprofit organizations. The event features a run for children, military formation run and a 5K run/walk in addition to various entertainment. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 (pre-registration through Friday), $30 (runner registration day of event). Unity Park, 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. 346-703-0192. www.beararmstx.com

The city of Tomball hosts its Honky Tonk Chili Challenge on May 27 featuring old style country music and a chili cookoff with child and adult teams from across Southeast Texas. Artists include Tony Booth, Doug Bogss and the Cowboy Jazz Band, Amber Digby and Midnight Flyer, and Liz Talley. The festival also features a dance area, food, vendors and a kids zone. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Tomball Historic Depot Plaza, 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-351-5484. www.tomballtx.gov

Market Days at Rosehill Junction hosts a patriotic-themed outdoor marketplace on May 27. The venue offers a selection of home decor, food and craft vendors. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 22019 Decker Prairie-Rosehill Road, Tomball. www.marketdaysrosehill.com

The Farmers Market on Tamina presents its Memorial Day Weekend market featuring complimentary watermelon sangria cocktails in addition to farm and craft vendors. The market staff will also be raising funds for a local nonprofit organization serving veterans. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 32907 Tamina Road, Magnolia. www.facebook.com/farmersmarketontamina

The Tomball Wal-Mart will host a Memorial Day celebration featuring a flag retirement ceremony in conjunction with the Tomball VFW Post 2427, a local Boy Scout troop and the Tomball High School ROTC members. 10:30 a.m. Free. Wal-Mart, 27650 Business 249, Tomball. 281-351-2616.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.


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