June 20, 2024

The City of Temple announced that it is set to receive $15 million dollars in federal funding for infrastructure improvements on I-35 and I-14. The projects will increase the highways’ capacity, help meet the needs of the area’s growing population, and improve safety and quality of life for residents who use them to commute — including those stationed or employed at Fort Cavazos.

Highway connectedness is a major appeal for investors looking to move their operations into the region. These improvements will also increase freight mobility, which should help further facilitate economic growth and continue to cement Temple as one of the most connected cities in the state of Texas.

Read on for more June updates and events going on around Temple.


Bell County Farmers Market Is Back Up & Running

The Bell County Farmers Market is back, taking place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to noon. Until further notice, it will be set up at its temporary location at 301 W Ave A in downtown Temple before eventually moving back to W Adams Ave. Farmers markets are not only ideal places for local farmers and artisans to market their goods directly to the public—they also encourage community-building, promote healthy eating, and often prioritize sustainable business practices. Thriving farmers markets can also attract people from around the region who want to buy fresh produce or just be part of the community. Learn more about the Bell County Farmers Market.


Popular Belton Foodie Spot Sets Up Shop in Downtown Temple

Downtown Temple continues to be an attractive destination for artisan eateries, hip hangouts, cultural events, and visitors looking to enjoy the benefits of a dynamic downtown district without so much of the hustle and bustle of bigger cities. Water Street Waffle Company, a Belton restaurant that’s a foodie-crowd favorite, is expected to open a second location at 116 South 1st St. in downtown Temple soon. Known for their chicken and waffles, waffle sandwiches, and creative waffle desserts, the restaurant will also debut a new menu to give their Temple location some different flavors from the original.


Local Group Celebrates Juneteenth in Temple’s Ferguson Park

On Saturday, June 15, the Al Edwards Central Texas Juneteenth Association hosted a parade and festival at Ferguson Park in Temple to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. The event gave community members from all cultural backgrounds a chance to come together, learn about the history of emancipation, and raise money for the organization’s scholarship fund. included food vendors, live music, activities for kids and families, and speakers. Last year’s event was sponsored by The City of Temple, NAACP’s Temple Chapter, H-E-B, and Temple College, among others.

Al Edwards was a Houston-born member of the Texas House of Representatives who became known as the “Father of Juneteenth” for his efforts to have the holiday recognized in Texas and across the U.S. Due to his work, Juneteenth was eventually recognized and celebrated by 49 states before being declared a federal holiday in 2021.