Sausage Country: Manor, Elgin, McDade, Giddings, and Serbin Professional Review and Guide
"Manor was named for settler James Manor, who came to the state with Sam Houston. This community was a quiet suburb until a few years ago, when Texas legalized pari-mutuel wagering. Today the town is home to Manor Downs, a quarterhorse track, with fall races from September through December and a spring season starting in February. Elgin is known for two products: bricks and sausage. Red Elgin bricks are seen throughout Texas and Elgin sausage is so prevalent the city has been named by the Texas Legislature as the “Sausage Capital of Texas.” Much of the city lies along the highway but its real history is found off the highway in its historic downtown.
An annual watermelon festival is held the second Saturday in July. Today Giddings remains a quiet railroad town, although oil production has taken over as the major economic activity. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Austin. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."