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!

It’s Time for the Bug Tussle Trek

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.

Aerial photos give perspective to Bois d’Arc Lake

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.

Link to e-news article

The ninth year of Quilt Hop is rapidly approaching.


Friday, July 27th, and Saturday, July 28th are the dates to remember for this year’s event. Our United States has been celebrating 100 years since World War I all of this year. The Sam Rayburn House will be continuing this celebration with quilts that were made or thought to have been made during the World War I Era. These quilts are on loan from the University of Texas, Winedale collection. They will be on display in the climate-controlled building south of the caretaker’s cottage, which is by the garden at the Rayburn House. An added attraction at this location is one that the men visitors will enjoy. Some of the vehicles that belonged to the Rayburn family will also be displayed in the same building.

IMG_3123The Bonham Public Library will display quilts that are smaller than a twin sized bed. These could include wall hangings, baby quilts, lap quilts, table runners and other items. If you have items that you believe could be part of their displays and you would like to display that item please call the Bonham Library, 903-583-3128.

Saint Mark’s church in Honey Grove will be displaying family quilts with a story. This historic church is worth the drive and the beautiful quilts are a wonderful addition. When you finish looking and enjoying these quilts, please feel free to drive around town and see the Barn Quilt Squares that are on the backs of most of the downtown buildings. Maps of the Barn Quilt Trail will be available at the church and at several other locations in Bonham.

file81Again, there will be ten different locations for you to visit and see the over 300 quilts that will be displayed. The Quilt Hop will open Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th at 9:00 am. On Friday the attractions will close at 4:30 and the reception at the Creative Arts Center will open at 5:00 pm. Please do not miss this opportunity to meet and visit with this quilt artist. She takes applique to a new level. On Saturday the event will close at 4:00 to allow all quilts to be taken down and readied for pick-up at 4:30. Come Hop Along With Us!


Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th is Quilt Hop time in Bonham and Honey Grove. This year quilts will be on display at nine locations for two whole days.  Eight of these locations will open at 9:00 am. Friday and Saturday.  The Senior Center will be serving lunch on Friday and requires a 1:00 pm. opening.  Please plan your schedule to view their quilts on Friday after 1:00 pm. or all day Saturday.

This year the Quilt Hop Reception will be held at the Creative Art Center.  Venues will close at 4:30 pm. and the reception will start at 5:00 pm.  This is an event you will not want to miss. Alice Wilhoit will be the speaker. She is a well -known writer, quilter, teacher, and pattern-maker from McKinney, Texas.  Her quilts will be on display at the Creative Art Center for the entire show.

If you have quilts you would like to display we would love to have them. On our website at  visitbonham.com go to the 2018 Quilt Hop page and you can find the  Quilt Display Form. The forms are also available at the Visitor Center, 327 N. Main, Bonham.  Of call us at 903-583-9830 to have a forms sent to you.  We will be receiving quilts on Monday, July 23rd  9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Thank you for your past participation!  We are looking forward to seeing you again this year.  Make plans to spend the day with us because with over 300 quilts to see it takes the full day.  See you on July 27th and July 28th.

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.

Bonham Heritage Day

12th Bonham Heritage Day Festival is May 5th, 2018

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.

For more info visit the Heritage Day page.

Autumn In Bonham Bike Race is Returning

autumn-in-bonham-2010A 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.

Pre-registration for the ride may be found at HERE at the Chamber of Commerce website. Information and maps for the routes may also be found there. The official Facebook page is HERE!

So get out those bikes and start planning to join us on the morning of October 22 for the Autumn In Bonham Bike Rally.


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