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County
Bexar
Region
South Texas Plains
Population
2010 Census - 7,341
2000 Census - 4,285
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Helotes, Texas
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Helotes Texas History:
The Helotes area was once inhabited by Lipan Apaches and Comanches. A ranching and farming community developed in the area after the Texas Revolution. The town’s name was derived from the Spanish word elotes or “corn-on-the-cob.” During the late 1850s the area was settled by German and Mexican immigrants on land purchased in 1858 by Scottish immigrant Dr. George Marnoch. The Helotes post office was established by 1873 at Mueller’s stagecoach stop on Bandera Road. In 1881, Arnold Gugger and his wife Amalie operated a general store, homestead, blacksmith shop and saloon northeast of the stage stop which became known as Old Helotes. The center of town shifted from the stage stop to the area around the Grugger’s businesses. For decades Helotes was a stop on the cattle drive trail between Bandera and San Antonio. In the early 1919, Wilbert “Bert” Hileman built a dance hall and boarding house. He was also instrumental in getting old Bandera Road paved and opening the town’s first service station. He sold his property in 1919 when the town’s population began to decline. In 1946, the manager of San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, John T. Floore, opened John T. Floore Country Store, the world renowned dancehall which draws national music talent.The dance hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Historic Landmark. Old Town Helotes is located near the Floore Country Store and Helotes Creek. Helotes incorporated in 1981. Helotes is located on SH 16 (Bandera Road) outside of San Antonio Loop 1604, 20.7 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio, 26.5 miles northeast of Castroville, 23.6 miles slightly northeast of Mico, 29 miles southeast of Bandera, 26 miles southeast of Boerne, 50.6 miles southwest of Blanco, 36.5 miles southwest of Spring Branch, 40 miles southwest of Startzville and Canyon Lake, 41 miles southwest of New Braunfels, and 10.3 miles southwest of Leon Springs, Texas. 
 
Helotes Community Band:
Those of all ages are welcome to audition for band membership; all skill levels are welcome. Applications are available at Helotes City Hall at 12951 Bandera Road. Those interested may also attend a rehearsal on Monday nights from 6:30pm-9pm at the First Baptist Church of Helotes at 14889 Old Bandera Road. The band accepts gently used equipment, especially percussion instruments.
 
Floore Country StoreDance Hall, 1942, Helotes, TX:
In the early 1919, Wilbert “Bert” Hileman built a dance hall and boarding house. He sold his property in 1919 when the town’s population began to decline. In 1946, the manager of San Antonio's Majestic Theatre, John T. Floore, opened John T. Floore Country Store, the world renowned dancehall which draws national music talent.Floore Country Store has hosted Texas and American music legends such as Willie Nelson, Bob Wills, Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Robert Earl Keene, BB King, Little Richard and many more; it is known as the birthplace of Willie Nelson who immortalized John T. Floore in “Shotgun Willie.” John Floore and Willie were partners in the original Willie Nelson Music Company. The hall offers live music and dancing, and features a store and a restaurant. Floore is available for private events. The dance hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a Texas Historic Landmark. Open Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm; Sun, 11am-9pm. (210) 695-8827. 14492 Old Bandera Road, Helotes, Texas 78023. From Austin, take IH-35 South to Loop 1624 (Anderson Loop north of San Antonio). Go right (west) on Loop 1604 and drive approximately 22 miles to the SH 16 (San Antonio/Bandera) exit. Go right on SH 16, and drive approximately 2.5 miles; Floore Country Store will be on your left. Helotes Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  Helotes Texas Area Map
ights. (210) 588-9241. This dance hall is located in Helotes at 9723 Braun Road, 78250. 
 
Leon Springs Dance Hall, 1993:
From 1993 to New Year’s Eve, 2005 when it closed, the dancehall enjoyed an influx of sold-out events including annual Labor Day and New Year's Eve parties, private parties and special bookings, and weekends that when opened to the general public, would exceed attendance expectations. In 2006, the remodeled dancehall reopened under new management. It hosts live music concerts two or three times a month. It is available for private events. (210) 698-7070. 1515 Rogers Avenue. Email 
 
Annual Helotes BBQ Cook-Off, Jan:
Activities include the cook-off, live music, food, retail vendors, and more. Barbeque categories include chicken halves, pork spare ribs, brisket, and people’s choice. A small general admission fee applies. This event is sponsored by the City of Helotes and is held at the Helotes Festival Grounds at 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes. (210) 695-8877.  
 
Annual Cornyval Festival, First Weekend in May:
Activities include a PRCA Rodeo, approximately 75 arts and crafts, and food booths, the Kid’s Cat Fishing event, a carnival, lots of children’s activities, and live music. Proceeds benefit local charities. (210) 695-2103. This event takes place at the Helotes festival grounds at 12210 Leslie Road, Helotes. Email
 
Movie Night at the Park, May-Sept:
Free movies are shown once a month from May through September. Activities include the movie, Looney Toons cartons prior to the movie, and concession stands. The movie begins at dusk; bring chairs, blankets, food and drinks. The Helotes Community Band usually performs prior to the movie. Movies are shown at Helotes City Park at City Hall, 12951 Bandera Road.
 
BR Lightning Ranch Rodeo, Friday Night, June through September 1st, Pipe Creek:
The rodeo is held during these Friday nights at 8pm, weather permitting. Admission is $6 per person; children 5 and under free. Overnight trailer parking is available. The ranch is located 9 miles east of Bandera and 12 miles south of Boerne, and 22 miles west of Helotes. 818 FM 1283, Pipe Creek, Texas. (830) 535-4096.

Helotes Hills United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch, Oct:
This site is open for field trips. Pumpkin sales begin in early October. A Family Fun Day is held on a Saturday close to Halloween. Open Mon-Fri, 12pm-8pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-8pm. (210) 695-3761. 13222 Bandera Road, Helotes, Texas 78023.  Email
 
Annual Lighting of the Lights, Dec:
Activities include the lighting of the city Christmas tree, elementary school choir the Helotes Community Band performances, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This event takes place at the Helotes City Hall at 12951 Bandera Road. (210) 695-8877.  
 
Annual OTH Lighted Christmas Parade, Dec:
The parade begins on Old Bandera Road near Antonio Drive and travels south through Old Town Helotes and then along Riggs Road. It ends near Our Lady of Guadalupe Church at 13715 Riggs Road. This event is sponsored by the City of Helotes. (210) 695-8877. 
 
MarketPlace at Old Town Helotes, First Saturday of Every Month:
This market features music, food, fresh produce, arts and crafts vendors, and more. Open 10am-5pm. (210) 695-5916. This event is located in the heart of Old Town Helotes near the historic Floore Country Store and scenic Helotes Creek. 14391 Riggs Road, Helotes, Texas 78023.  Email
 
Leon Springs Family Market, Leon Springs, TX, 1st & 3rd Wed, Mar-Nov:
The market sells regional fresh organic produce and other farmer’s market items. It is a growers and producers only market. Open March to November on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 2:30pm-5:30 pm. The market is held at the Leon Springs Presbyterian Church at 23943 IH-10 West, near the Leon Springs Elementary School.
 
Bobby J’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers:
(210) 695-4941. 13247 Bandera Road, Helotes.