Spring and Fall are the favorite times of year for people who enjoy county fairs and festivals. Texas has so many on the spring and fall schedule it's impossible to take them all in, but two notable local festivals are underway close to home this weekend in Nacogdoches and Tyler.

The Texas Rose Festival is the biggest event of the year in Tyler.  It started Thursday and continues through Saturday.  The Rose Queen will be crowned tonight at Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of  The University of Texas at Tyler.  Tickets range from $15 to $65.

The Rose Parade begins Saturday at 9 a.m., and ends at Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium. Admission at the stadium is $3 dollars.

The Rose Queen's tea is 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden. The palette of Roses Art Show runs until 5 p.m. Saturday at the East Texas Fairgrounds Mayfair Building.  Admission is free.

If driving to Tyler isn't convenient, or affordable considering the price of gasoline, there's the annual Piney Woods Fair in Nacogdoches, five days of agricultural and educational fun, traditional fair food, vendor booths, carnival rides and a variety of entertainment for all ages.

The Piney Woods Fair continues through Sunday at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center.