Time to Plan For Highway 82 Yard Sale

This year Highway 82 Yard Sale, will be held on June 4 and 5.  It is always the first Friday and Saturday of June.  This is an event of Red River Valley Tourism Association of which Bonham is one of the founding members.

Spring is here and it is time to plan for fundraising activities. Does your organization need funds for a special project or just to meet your annual obligations?  If your pile of clutter is too high or too deep, or you just think it is time to make room for something new.  It is time to plan a yard or garage sale.  Being a part of the Highway 82 Yard Sale is one place to begin.

This event brings shoppers into our area because Red River Valley has members from Bowie in East Texas to Quanah and Paducah in West Texas, as well as Broken Bow, Ardmore, and Duncan Oklahoma.  With each of these advertising this event we always have visitors from several states in our area to shop.

So, gather all those treasures that you wish someone else had and have a money-making good time selling and visiting with great folks that come here to get your treasures.

Call the Bonham Visitor Center 903-583-9830 to get listed on the map of this great big sale.

Heritage Day 2021 is Postponed.

Heritage Day Is Postponed

Heritage Day which was to be held on May 1, 2021 will be postponed until 2022.  It is with great sadness that the Board of Directors of the Bonham Heritage Festival have decided to postpone this great family event until May 2022.  With social distancing of booths as well as people and the lack of electricity available for booths because of the courthouse construction, it was felt that it would be the safest idea to wait until next year when the event could hopefully return to the great event it has been in the past.  The board is looking forward to next May and a bigger and better Heritage Day.

A Busy Week-End in Bonham

So many events to choose from this weekend, October 8-11 in Bonham.   Begin with our monthly Trade Days, located at the corner of Hwy. 56 and Hwy. 121. Vendors begin arriving on Thursday and will have treasures for you to find from Thursday through Sunday.  The vendors begin to close about 3 to 4 on Sunday, October 11.  Masks are not required but encouraged.

The annual Bonham Public Library- Pumpkin Patch will be held on Saturday morning starting at 9 am-1 pm.  Decorated Pumpkins, crafts, and baked goods as well as their famous hot sauce.  Go early for the best selection.

Great Days of Service will be going on Saturday with service projects being done all over the town.  Sign-up to participate @ gdsbonham.org

Feet can tap and heads can nod at the Bonham Snap Center Gospel Singing on Saturday night from 6 to 8 pm.

The Powder Creek Pavilion is showcasing “Still Kicking” which will entertain you with Classic Rock at 8:00 pm.  On Saturday they are presenting “C7” both Rock and Traditional Country.

Sam Rayburn House Museum is open showing the home life of the longest-serving U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Friday-Saturday 10:00 am- 4 pm.

Fannin County Historical Museum will take you from the earliest times of Fannin County to the “Turbulent 1940s and the Rocking 1950s. They will be open Friday and Saturday from 12 to 4 pm.

Creative Arts Center is open Friday  10-5 pm and Saturday 9-1 pm.  for your viewing of their art exhibits as well as shopping for hand-made crafts.

Farming Heritage Day at Sam Rayburn House

Virtual Farming Heritage Day is Saturday, September 26, 2020

This year Farming Heritage Day at the Sam Rayburn House Museum will be a fun and exciting virtual event.  This event will be on their Facebook page, starting Saturday, September 26, at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. It’s a tradition to have activities for youth at this event and this year the virtual Heritage Day will include craft demonstrations.  At home make your own kite, paper loom, corn husk doll, and more!  Activity kits, including all the supplies you need to follow along with all our craft activities, are available for purchase at our Museum Store for just $5.00.  For attendees who cannot come by the Museum, a list will be posted on the Facebook page in advance, or message the Facebook page and a list of supplies will be emailed to you!

Red River Valley Tourism Comes to Bonham – April 4th 2018

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, the City of Bonham Tourism Committee hosted the Red River Valley Tourism Association at the Fannin CountHistorical Commission office in the depot building. The Red River Valley Tourism Association is composed of cities along the Red River from New Boston on the east to Childress on the west.

Attending the meeting were members from Nocona, two from Paris, Detroit, two from Clarksville, Denison, Burkburnett, and as well as members from Oklahoma, two from Duncan, and one from Broken Bow. Red River Valley Tourism is the only tourism association in the U.S. that has members from two states. Because of this relationship, RRVTA is able to place brochures in the state travel information centers in both Texas and Oklahoma and in both state’s travel shows.

The information that was discussed at the meeting included: Discussion of whether or not to purchase pop-up booth displays for travel shows. Report on website development and what was needed from each city. Discussion of the 2018 Hwy. 82/287 Yard Sale, the first weekend in June. Stroll and Roll event in September. Wrap-up discussion of the travel show in Wichita Falls and discussion of cities to be in charge of taking Red River Valley Tourism Association brochure/maps to the Texas State Travel Information Centers in May during Texas recognition of tourism month.

Following the meeting and lunch, the group was lead on a tour of the Fannin County Museum by members of the museum board and members of the Historical Commission. They also toured the caboose in front of the History Museum. Bonham Tourism committee was happy to host this tourism group and to have the opportunity to show off the “Best Small Town Museum in Texas”

Lonell Phea

2018 Black History Will Celebrate Black Athletes Of Fannin County

Saturday, February 24 Black History will celebrate the achievements of Black Athletes from Fannin County. The last Saturday of February Black History supporters will gather in the Bailey Inglish cafeteria to hear from a panel of black athletics. The event starts at 2:00 pm.

In Texas, athletics are a rallying point for communities. Fannin County has been blessed with many very talented young black athletics. Confirmed at this time for a panel of athletes are: Michelle Johnson Williams, Lonell Phea, and Lonnie Bennett. Others will be added later. If you are a fan of Fannin County sports you will not want to miss an opportunity to remember the stories of these great athletics and to bring the young athletes of today to hear and see them. So, make plans to join us at this Black History Celebration on February 24 at 2 pm.

Quilt Hop Happenings

By Emily Porter

Each of the ten locations that will be hosting the Quilt Hop are working hard to come up with the best of the best for you to enjoy. They have three weeks until the Hop on Friday, July 29th and Saturday, July 30th.


The Creative Arts Center will be featuring quilts made by the very talented Leo Ransom. Leo designs and constructs his quilts to be portraits of famous people that have a special meaning to him. His use of different shades of material cut and pieced to achieve the effect that he is looking for makes the finished product very unique. When you walk into the exhibit you will immediately recognize the faces of these very famous people. Leo’s demonstration of his method of creating these wonderful quilts was the most popular of the demonstrations that were presented last year. So you will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy this Bonham man’s talent.



The Bonham Public Library will be showing baby quilts. What could be more special than a quilt made for a child, grandchild or a gift for a wonderful friend’s new baby? Come and enjoy the different ways people chose to celebrate that very special child.


file28The Fannin County Museum of History will have a display of Redwork quilts. Redwork is a form of embroidery that uses red floss to trace simple line drawings. Traditionally, the maker used animal themes, children’s themes and kitchen themes to embroider a muslin square that was then incorporated into a quilt. Redwork can be done in other colors, usually green or blue. It is accentually embroidery squares done in one color. This became popular during the Victorian era as women looked for new ways to decorate their homes. Redwork was also used to embellish tea towels, aprons and pillow covers.

file7The Quilt Hop will begin on Friday, July 29th at 1:00 pm and close at 4:30 pm. A reception will be held at the Sam Rayburn Library from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 pm. The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum will feature quilts from the Winedale Quilt Collection. The Hop continues Saturday, July 30 from 9:00 am. to 4:00pm. Join us as we hop to all ten locations.