Quality of Life

The residents and businesses of Center enjoy a quality of life which embraces the advantages a rural life has to offer.

Community Events

The Go Hog Wild Cook-Off, now in its third year, started out as a way to have some fun while trying to control a local feral hog population.  A sponsored hog hunt is joined with a cook-off with a festival atmosphere.

The annual What-A-Melon Festival is sponsored by the Center Rotary Club and is a celebration of the famous "Shelby County Watermelons" still grown to this day.  The event is held at the Downtown Historic Center Square. Events include a watermelon weighing contest, children's tent, watermelon “biggest bite” contest, carnival rides, arts and crafts, and food booths.  Added in 2012, was the first annual "What-A-Melon Crawl" 5K.

The annual East Texas Poultry Festival is sponsored by the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce.  This three-day festival is held inside the Downtown Historic Center Square and includes arts and crafts booths, food booths, 3-day carnival, live entertainment, parade and poultry judging and auction.  Also added in 2012, was the first annual "Chicken Run" 5K.

Recreation Opportunities

With over 1,200 miles of shoreline, Toledo Bend is the largest man-made lake in Texas and is only 15 miles from Center.  Take a scenic drive through the Sabine National Forest and catch a sight of the abundant wildlife and birds. 

The Center park system is second to none for a community of its size.  Mini and Center Parks includes new equipment, pavilions, bathrooms and in the Mini Park a new Splash Pad Waterpark has been opened.

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Quality of Life