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musical selections and guest performers make it truly accessible to the community. The Temple Jazz Orchestra is another very successful and critically acclaimed group of artists, performing all over the world. Many communitywide events are held throughout the year, and many draw visitors from across the state. Community Events Bring People Together Many communitywide events are held throughout the year, and many draw visitors from across the state. Spring • The Temple Jazz Festival is one of the most successful jazz festivals in Texas and is held at Temple College in March. • The Bloomin’ Temple Festival, now in its sixth year downtown, boasts regional and national music acts such as Charlie Daniels, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Kevin Fowler, as well as a variety of family activities over three days each spring. • The Central Texas Air Show is also a springtime favorite and draws thousands each year to see the aerobatic displays and pyrotechnics at the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Airport. Summer • The Annual Pioneer Day in June includes live music, entertainment, dancing, and food to celebrate Temple’s founding. • Families enjoy throwing out the blanket at Miller Park each summer to hear bands, enjoy a picnic, and watch a professional fireworks display at the July 4th Family Fun Fest. Fall • Each October, Temple revels in the music, culture, and foods of Texans with roots in the Slovak lands of Europe as part of Czech Feszt. Educational Fun Railroad and Heritage Museum For family fun with an educational spin, The Railroad and Heritage Museum is a great place to visit. The beautifully restored Temple Santa Fe train depot also houses the museum, which exhibits the history of the railroads and the local history of Central Texas. The museum hosts several events throughout the year, including model train exhibits, family fun days, and more. Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center The Czech Heritage Museum & Genealogy Center recently moved to an expanded location on Third Street and houses many artifacts pertaining to Czech history and immigration 13

Temple, TX 2011 Community Profile and Referral Guide

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