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September 2022 Message

Things are about to get squirrely in Seguin! Just adds to our city’s uniqueness, since we are home to the World’s Largest Pecan!

In case you haven’t heard, the Seguin Commission on the Arts is developing the Seguin Squirrel Trail, a city-wide public art display celebrating Seguin’s unique character and identity.

If you’ve been to San Marcos and noticed the painted mermaid sculptures in their community, this is a similar concept, but our trail will feature fiberglass squirrel statues that are painted and placed in public areas throughout Seguin. Each 4 ft. squirrel statue will be a distinctive piece of art painted by an artist. So far, 5 squirrels have been sponsored and 2 of the squirrels are already created and being painted!

Businesses and individuals can sponsor a squirrel (up to $2,500), which includes the completed fiberglass squirrel with a pecan in its paws, a concrete slab and a plaque with the name of the artist and sponsor/honoree. There’s an additional fee for the artist (ranging from $500 to $1500). The design may promote the sponsoring entity in an artistic way.  The Seguin Commission on the Arts will need to approve the concept for how the squirrel will be painted to ensure the squirrels are appropriate for all ages who view them.

Finished squirrels can be placed in front of businesses or in a pre-approved public location on a first come, first served basis. The only requirement is that the squirrel be in a publicly visible location so that visitors can drive-by or take pictures with it. If anyone needs help finding a location, the Commission has many site locations available on a first come, first served basis.

Once it gets going, the Segun Squirrel Trail, which I’m certain is the only one of its kind in Texas, is going to be a brilliant way to promote tourism and encourage visitors to explore all corners of Seguin. I imagine people from far and wide will come to Seguin and take selfies with our eye-catching squirrel statues!

More information about the Seguin Squirrel Trail and how to sponsor a squirrel can be found online at https://seguintexas.gov/art

I can’t talk about squirrels without thinking about pecans – it’s almost time to go nuts at Pecan Fest on Saturday, October 29. Pecan Fest kicks-off with the annual Juan Seguin Pub Crawl on Friday evening, Oct. 28 from 7:30 to 11 pm at the downtown bars.

Come on down to Central Park for a full day of fun on Saturday, Oct. 29 where you can shop over 80 vendor booths at Trade Days (10 am to 5 pm), put your nut cracking skills to the test by entering the Get Crackin’ Contest (12:30 pm) and the Seguin Art League will have their Paint Out and Wet Painting Sale from 10 am to 4 pm. You can enjoy a free Film & Arts Festival at the Palace Theatre on both Saturday, Oct. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 30. There are so, so many things going on as part of Pecan Fest – to plan your Pecan Fest weekend, be sure to visit https://seguingonuts.com/

What fun - let’s go nuts. We can do it…. TOGETHER!

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