Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival


What is TX PHP Fest?

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival, or TXPHP Fest, is a celebration of history and culture, that includes walking tours, a marketplace, food vendor, and a kids’ zone. Admission is free!

The Texas Purple Hull Pea Festival started in 2014 to celebrate cultural traditions in agricultural and food related to the Southeast Texas region, more specifically the historic Shankleville community in Newtown County. Learn more about TX PHP Fest.

The TX PHP Fest hosts a family-friendly environment for all generations to enjoy.

  • Historic Tours of the Addie & A.T. Odom Homestead, the Shankleville Community cemeteries, the infamous spring of Jim & Winnie Shankles’ love story.
  • Purple Hull Pea Contests – Pea picking, shelling, and cooking.
  • Kids’ Zone includes arts, crafts, games, & a bounce house.
  • Matthew H. Clay, Jr. Memorial Concert featuring a great array music as the sun goes down.

Shankleville is on FM 1415 Newton County between highways 63 & 87 near Jasper, Newton & Burkeville.

Search “Shankleville” on Google Maps.

Newton is ~13 miles from Shankleville. Jasper is ~18 miles away.

Book directly with the Holiday Inn Express in Jasper at (409) 384-8400 to receive the group rate of $145.00. Mention the “Texas Purple Pea Festival” to receive the group rate.

It is hot and humid in June. Bring hats, personal fans, and wear light clothing. If you plan to take a tour, wear sturdy shoes. Feel free to bring umbrellas, lawn chairs, and blankets to make the day comfortable. A cooling station will be available on-site, as well as cold water and other beverages will be on sale with proceeds going to support the Festival.


We’re looking for vendors to participate in the TX PHP Marketplace. Food, jewelry, clothing, wood work, iron work, art and crafts, and much more.

Interested in becoming a vendor? Complete our TX PHP Marketplace Vendor Application and contact admin@shankleville.org for questions.

Our event sponsors make it possible for the TX PHP Fest to present a lively community event and to support the growth of the festival each year. By joining the Shankleville Historical Society, Inc. as a sponsor, you help to support this desired community event.

Email admin@shankleville.org to become a sponsor.

Thank you to our 2024 Festival Sponsors!

What are Purple Hull Peas?

Purple Hull peas originated in Africa, and botanists believe they came to the United States during the slave trade in the 18th and 19th centuries. Used primarily in the southern United States, the pods and seeds were initially eaten by those enslaved and were used as a forage crop for livestock, earning them the name “cowpeas.” The seeds eventually grew in popularity in home cooking after the Civil War and became a staple in traditional, southern holiday meals. Contrary to its name, purple hull peas are not peas, but more akin to beans. (Excerpt from specialtyproduce.com)

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