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.
Saturday, August 29 the Trek will arrive in Bonham at about 10:00 am and leave us for the drive to Bug Tussle at about 11:15. This year they will be parking on the parking lot next to the Panther Row Eatery. Their arrival is even more exciting this year as we have had to cancel so many events this year due to the COVID 19 PANDEMIC.
The Bug Tussle Trek has been making this trip for 51 years. Nicole Waggoner, the organizer of the group says: “It has been continuous for all those years and has always followed about the same route.” She states: “The biggest difference is that they now have less Model T’s and more 1950’s and 60’s cars.”
According to several AACA Texas Region members the Trek started after a conversation among members about one last car tour for the summer. They opened a copy of the Farmer’s Almanac and picked the hottest day of the year which happened to be the last Saturday of August that year. They really did stop in Bug Tussle where a once thriving general store was the only place they could find to get something cold to drink. Ever since, the Trek has been on the last Saturday of August. And of course, they always go to the Bug Tussle store.
The Trek starts in Farmersville. All the cars line up by age. The vehicles travel about 30-40 mph toward their stops. Upon leaving Bonham, they will travel to Bug Tussle where tradition has it that cheerleaders lead the group in the Bug Tussle cheer.
The City of Bonham Tourism Committee invites you to come to the BEDCO parking lot about 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 29 to see the cars and visit with the Trekkers. Join us in wishing them Happy Trekking.
By Allen Rich, with aerial photography by Mike Porter
Jun 3, 2020
Fannin County, Texas — The aerial photography of Mike Porter on May 29, 2020 gives perspective to how the location of 16,641-acre Bois d’Arc Lake will relate to Lake Bonham, Coffee Mill Lake and Lake Crockett.
It is important to note that North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD) is not currently impounding, or capturing water at Bois d’Arc Lake. Water from Bois d’Arc Creek is currently flowing into the raw water intake structure, under the dam embankment through two 78-inch pipes and being diverted back into Bois d’Arc Creek on the north side of the embankment.
NTMWD expects to close the gates on the intake structure and begin impounding water at the end of the year.
Plans are underway for the largest annual celebration in one of the oldest towns in Texas. 12th Bonham Heritage Day Festival is a free, family friendly event in downtown Bonham, Texas.
Reenactments of the Wild West, Car and Truck show, Tractor Pull, many vendors and a lot more local entertainment during the day. This is great day for the whole family to come out and enjoy! Mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 5, 2018.
A full day of fun is planned by the Bonham Area Chamber of Commerce on October 22. The morning will be family and individuals riding the scenic countryside of Bonham and Fannin County. The afternoon will be entertainment for all with the Festival of Flight at the Jones Field Airport.
Autumn In Bonham kicks off with registration, or pre-registration pick-up beginning at the Visitor Center/ Chamber Office at 6 am. On line registration is available at www.fannincountytexas.com/2016-autumn-in-bonham.html. If you would like a T-shirt you may order it on line at the above address. Cost of the T-shirt is $10 each and must be ordered before October 15, 2016. The cost for riding in the bike ride is $25 if you enter by October 21, 2016. The cost of entering the day of the ride is $30.
All Riders will line up at the Bonham Court House and start their routes from the courthouse square at 8:30 am. The four routes will include a 10mile (family fun ride to and around the Bonham State Park), as well as 28, 59, and 73 mile rides with great rest stops along the way. Those daring enough to challenge the ‘Leonard Hills’ will want to take the 59 and 73 mile rides.