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McDade TX is a very small town located in northern Bastrop County along Highway 290 just 9 miles east of Elgin, 34 miles east of Austin, and 15 miles north of Bastrop. McDade had a population of 685 according to the 2010 census. McDade was established in 1869 and was named after James W. McDade, a railroad lawyer.
For ranchers' livestock medical needs, there are a few excellent veterinary clinics nearby. Elgin Veterinary Hospital is located off Highway 290 and cares for large and small animals. Another clinic that treats large and small animals is Bastrop Veterinary Hospital located off Highway 95.
One of the nearby hospitals to McDade is Seton Medical Center in Austin. Seton Medical Center is only 33 miles from McDade. Another hospital close by is St. David's Medical Center in Austin. St. David's Medical Center is 32 miles from McDade.
Since McDade is a very small community, there are only a few churches. Those churches are McDade Baptist Church, Knobbs Springs Baptist Church, and New Hope Lutheran Church.
There are several businesses in McDade TX. Its business community consists of: Back Forty Chiropractic, Bastrop County Water Control & Improvement, Brannen's Inc.,n Cam Disposal, Cheryl's Creative Development, Country Waste Inc., Crocker Reclamation, Dave Farrels AC & Heating, Estepp Horse Boarding & Transportation, Hoof 'N Paw Chiropractic, M N J Grocery, P.J. Alexander Lawn Mower Repair, Preston's Carpet Cleaning, and Sherwood Forest Faire.
Every second Saturday in July there is a McDade Watermelon Festival. The festival includes a street dance, the Queen's Revue, a car show, a parade, and of course, watermelon, The McDade Watermelon Festival is held for the betterment of the community. The proceeds from the festival go to McDade's community food bank, the Elgin Library, historical museum, the local youth groups, and a scholarship fund for students graduating from high school.
Sherwood Forest Faire Rennaissance festival is held every spring. The whole family can have fun at this festival featuring over 130 merchant shoppes, over 40 stage acts, great food, fun rides, and games. There is also a Sherwood Forest Youth Summer Camp and even a Sherwood Forest Grown-Up Summer Camp. These camps feature crafts and hands-on activities taking place in the 23-acre medieval village.
The school district in McDade is McDade Independent School District. McDade Independent School District provides education for area students from pre-kindergarten through tenth grade. McDade Elementary School serves students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, McDade Junior High School serves students from seventh grade to eighth grade. McDade High School serves students from ninth grade to tenth grade.
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