Upcoming Potjie Festival

Update:  There has been an increase in Festival fees. Adults: $15, Child: $10 for the weekend.
As more details become available, it will be posted here. So keep an eye on this page! We will also announce the release of details via our mailing list, the Facebook Group, as well as our new Facebook Page. If you are not yet on our mailing list, and are planning to attend Potjie 2013, sign up now. The link is on the right. You can also join our Facebook Page by clicking the Like button on the right…  - 8/21/2013
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Here are the details for Texas Potjie Festival 2013:

Potjie 2013 will be our 13th annual TX Potjie Festival, and as before, we expect that it will be a magnificent event…

On this page:


Where: KOA Campground in Rusk, TX – Address: 745 FM 343, Rusk
When: Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2013 (Labor Day weekend)

Note: Some mapping services show the location of Rusk KOA a few miles east of its actual location. The marker on the map above shows the exact location of the KOA entrance.

Types of Visitors

The Texas Potjie Festival has two types of visitors:

  1. Campers: People who are staying in the KOA campground for the whole weekend of the Festival.
  2. Day Visitors: People staying outside the campground in hotels and who enter the campground during each day for one or both days. (If you will be a day visitor, here is how to get the most out of Potjie.)

Festival Competitions

The Potjie competitions take place on Sunday, September 1. The Boerewors, Biltong, and Youth Potjie competitions which take place on Saturday, August 31.

Main Potjie Category: Lamb
Open Potjie Category: Anything except the main category, which is to be confirmed

Other Competitions

    • Best Boerewors in TX (Saturday)
    • Biltong (Saturday)
    • Droëwors - new in 2013!
    • Youth Potjie (Open Potjie for 17 & under on Saturday)
    • Bread
    • Dessert
    • Cook/campsite


Call Rusk KOA at (903) 683-6641 to make reservations for cabins, RV stands, or tents. Mention that your reservation is for the Potjie Festival. To help with your reservation, here is a map of the Rusk KOA campground.

KOA Reservations Information

      • 10% discount on reservations made and paid in full by 6/1/2013.
      • Attention RV campers: Subject to availability, KOA re-assigns the same sites from the prior year if possible. There is a wait list for anyone who requests a different site, but prior year assignments take precedence over new requests. KOA will strive to keep the RVs in the preferred locations wherever possible, but will have the right to move RVs to accommodate the campground needs.
      • To accommodate late-comers, KOA will offer unreserved RV and Tenting in two areas. The unreserved tent area will be in the open area behind Cabin 5 (see the KOA map) while the unreserved RV area with electric and water will be where the main tent was in 2010. Naturally, any available space on the campground’s main area will be offered first.
      • For people booking multiple sites, or with multiple people on one site, KOA needs the following:
        • Each site must be in the name of the individual who will be occupying it – KOA cannot hold multiple sites in one person’s name.
        • KOA needs the names of all adults who will be staying on sites. This should help them get people registered more quickly and on the proper sites.

KOA Dog Policies

      • Please understand that these dog policies are intended to cover KOA and the Potjie Festival for liability issues and for no other reason.
      • No dogs over 25 lbs will be allowed.
      • If you bring your dog:
        • A $50.00 deposit for pets will be collected at check-in.
        • Contact your Homeowners Insurance and add “KOA Rusk Campground – 745 FM 343 East Rusk, TX 75785″ as an ADDITIONAL INSURED  to your policy for Aug 30 – Sep 2, 2013 (this is free and takes about 10 minutes). Bring a copy of the policy declaration to provide to KOA at check-in.
        • Bring proof that your dog has had all the required shots. Dogs will not be allowed on the campground without the required paperwork.
      • Dogs HAVE TO be on leash whenever the dog is outside its dog cage or outside the owner’s RV or cabin. Owners who refuse to keep their dog(s) on a leash will forfeit their $50 deposit and will be asked to leave the festival.
      • If you want to bring your dog/cat, you can use the Vet boarding facilities in Rusk. Call (903) 683-5315 to make arrangements in advance to check you dog in.

Hotels Nearby

There are also hotels near the campground to consider. If you stay in a hotel, you will be entering the KOA campground and the Festival as Day Visitors:

      • Weston Inn & Suites (1 mile from the grounds) : (903) 683-8383
      • La Quinta Inn (15 miles away in Jacksonville): (903) 586-6504. Use this La Quinta link to get a 10% discount when making your reservation!
      • Holiday Inn Express (15 miles away in Jacksonville): (893) 589-8500
      • Southern Motor Inn (2 miles from KOA) : (903) 683-2688

Festival & Campground Fees

Generally, there will be two fees to pay, one for the Festival itself and one to Rusk KOA for the use of campground facilities.

Campground Fees

If you are a Camper (i.e. you are staying in the KOA campground), your KOA fee is included in your camping fees.

If you are a Day Visitor (i.e. you are not staying in the KOA campground), there will be a KOA fee of $5 per visitor over 5 years old per day, or $10 per visitor for the weekend. (So if you’re coming for only one day, you will only pay $5 per person.)

Festival Fees

All Festival attendees (Campers & Day Visitors) will have the following Festival fees:

      • Weekend Package: $15 per adult (18+) and $10 per child (5-17) for Potjie activities. You will get an armband to wear the whole weekend.
      • Day Package: $10 per day per adult (18+)and $6 per day per child (5-17) for Potjie activities (sokkie, potjie eating, etc.). You will get an armband to wear.

Day Visitors: If you plan on attending both days, the Weekend Package for the Festival fee is a better deal.

Please be aware that these fees exclude tax. Unfortunately the state requires us to collect sales tax. Fortunately, for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 children aged 5-17), the taxes on Festival fees would only be $4.13 for the weekend.

Radio Texas Potjie

Listen up for Radio Texas Potjie! This year we will be broadcasting music, daily announcements, and Sunday’s church service via an AM transmitter that covers the entire campground. So bring along your AM/FM radio and tune in! The frequency will be on the high end of the AM band, around 1700 kHz. If you have doubt about the frequency, ask at the KOA office what the exact frequency is. 

Fire Safety

In 2011, there was a burn ban in effect in Rusk, but KOA nevertheless allowed us to make fires. What would Potjie be without a fire? Thankfully, there is no burn ban this year! However, fire safety is still important and we ask that you pay attention to the following:

      • Cooking fires MUST BE CONTAINED in grills or fire rings.
      • Pine needles, leaves, etc. are extremely dry. Please clear the area around your grill to minimize the chance of a spark escaping and starting a fire.
      • Take note of where the closest water faucet to your campsite is located. Have a bucket or other container on hand that will allow you to get some water quickly if any fire gets out of hand.
      • Don’t leave an open fire burning at your campsite when there is nobody aged 18 & up at your campsite to watch the fire. KOA will extinguish unattended open fires and that is sure to make you an unhappy camper  :-(
      • SMOKERS: Please be careful about where you toss that cigarette butt. There are a lot of pine needles in the campground and an unextinguished cigarette can start trouble really fast! Ideally, extinguish the cigarette and put it in the trash  8-)

These rules are pretty simple and common sense. Let’s work together in keeping this a SAFE Potjie Festival.

Rusk Weather

Here is the weather for Rusk for the next few days:

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10 Responses to Upcoming Potjie Festival

  1. What is the prize for the T-Shirt and Coffee Mug design?

  2. This Blog site is much better than the old website. Whoever is responsible, well done.

  3. John Els says:

    Hi Micky. Thanks for your nice words about the new site. I handled the website itself and Francois Louw handles the web server. I asked Esme about the prizes. She says that she is still working on it, but will likely be a T-shirt with the winner’s design on it.

  4. alison says:

    What are the festival fees for?

  5. Admin says:

    The festival fees are used to pay for things like the rental of the main tent, dance floor, prizes, kids’ activities, etc.

  6. Russell Fig says:

    Hello everyone Howzit? I hope that I will funaly be able to make it this year now that I`have been given enouth notice in advance. It will be nice to se fellow South Africans . How ever it is a long trip from Boston.

  7. Admin says:

    Hi Russell. Glad you’re planning to come to Potjie 2013. It looks like it’s about 1700 miles or 26 hours to travel from Boston. If it’s only you coming down, it might be easier to fly to Dallas and then rent a car.

  8. Russell Fig says:

    Hello Mr,Miss,or Mrs Admin,

    Unfortuantly by drivers licence had been suspened from when I lived in the DC area due to the number of tickets I recived. Hopefuly I will be able to pay them by the time of the Potjie. If I am unable to by that time I am wondering if someone coud posibly come and pick me up in Dalas or is there any public transport to the Potjie?

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