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Helotes is a city in Bexar County and is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located on SH 16, northwest of downtown San Antonio and northwestern part of the county. It was first populated in the 1850s by mostly German and Mexican immigrants. However, it wasn’t until 1880 when the settlement was established. The city was named after the Spanish word “Helotes” which means “green roasting ear of corn,” or “or corn on the cob,” or simply “corn.” Perhaps it was due to the story that a cornfield was first planted in the area by its first settler. Anyhow, the city was a farming and cattle ranching community in its early days. It is home to the world-renowned John T. Floore Country Store, a Texas Historic Landmark listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2010. This was also the year when the four-day celebration of the Helotes Cornyval brought an average of 30,000 people to participate in the parade, pageant, carnival midway, rodeo, and dances. Also, its population was 7,341 during that year.

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