Buffalo Stampede & Boonville Days at Brazos Valley Museum

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Visit Booneville Days and the Chuck Wagon cook-off, and register for the Buffalo Stampede 5K both on October 6 at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has several upcoming events that are perfect for the entire family including a 5K run, a chuck wagon cook-off, and a living history fair.

7th Annual Boonville Days Living History Fair

The Living History Fair will open on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year includes the 1stAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Meal tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum for $15.  

During the fair, attendees can visit with characters in period costume; see an old stagecoach, musicians, dancers and more. Boonville Days will observe first-hand demonstrations of frontier skills such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and quilting. Children can enjoy creating pinch pots and other crafts from the time period.

Visitors can enjoy the delicious smells from the Chuck Wagon and listen to Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band. Professor Paisley from the Texian Institute of Oxenology will show Justice and Liberty, oxen showcasing Texas culture from 1830-1845. Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and the traveling exhibit “No End of Vision: Texas As Seen by Two Laureates” are also included in the entertainment.

Visit Booneville Days and the Chuck Wagon cook-off, and register for the Buffalo Stampede 5K both on October 6 at the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History.The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History has several upcoming events that are perfect for the entire family including a 5K run, a chuck wagon cook-off, and a living history fair.

7th Annual Boonville Days Living History Fair

The Living History Fair will open on Saturday, October 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year includes the 1stAnnual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Meal tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum for $15.  

During the fair, attendees can visit with characters in period costume; see an old stagecoach, musicians, dancers and more. Boonville Days will observe first-hand demonstrations of frontier skills such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing and quilting. Children can enjoy creating pinch pots and other crafts from the time period.

Visitors can enjoy the delicious smells from the Chuck Wagon and listen to Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band. Professor Paisley from the Texian Institute of Oxenology will show Justice and Liberty, oxen showcasing Texas culture from 1830-1845. Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate and the traveling exhibit “No End of Vision: Texas As Seen by Two Laureates” are also included in the entertainment.

El Camino Real de los Tejas: Gateway to Texas History

The Museum presents this exhibit in conjunction with the annual fall festival, Boonville Days. The exhibition celebrates Texas history along the El Camino Real de los Tejas.

The exhibit will open on September 18 with a free talk, reception and gallery viewing and will be open until January 12, 2013

This National Historic Trail has existed more than 300 years, running from Natchitoches, Louisiana through Old Mexico. The trail was created by the Spaniards and French and was followed by noteworthy characters in history.  Moses and Stephen Fuller Austin, Jim Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston and countless missionaries representing different faiths were a few trailblazers.

During the period of westward expansion in the years prior to the Civil Way, early outposts along this and other such highways often featured a handful of skilled laborers plying trades lucrative on the frontier.

Among the most essential of these craftsmen were blacksmiths. So essential were they, that during the first half of the 19 Century, the US government included in their treaties with many Native American tribes that the US would employ blacksmiths at Army installations with the expressed purpose of providing iron tools and repair services to the tribes.

This exhibition will consider these two aspects of Texas History: development along El Camino Real and the emergence of commerce, utilizing the blacksmith’s trade as a portal to understanding aspects of both. Stellar photographs taken along the Camino Real by noted Mission photographer Joel Kitchens and the work of acclaimed blacksmith photographer Wayne Smith will augment displays featuring materials demonstrative of early settlement and trade in Texas.

Discovery Room Additions And More  

A new Observation Bee hive, taxidermy animals, a butterfly exhibit, and live animals have been included in the Discovery Room.  A Texas Heritage Collection of Clovis Points is on display in the Library, as well as the Dr. James W. Cabaniss collection of items from Mexico and Central America.

There is an exquisite collection of Native American Storyteller pottery, a fabulous mineral collection, a gallery of Texas and local history, and a gallery of real and rare dinosaur and ice age fossils.  

The main gallery features a national treasure:  a beautiful mural depicting the Brazos River Valley in the Ice Age, and over 50 species of animals who lived here 10,000 years ago.

The current traveling exhibit, Astonomy’s New Messengers, will remain open until September 4, and will end with a free closing reception and guest speaker. 

4th Annual Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon and 5K Race

Don’t miss the 4th Annual Buffalo Stampede; this year will include a Half Marathon. The Half Marathon will kick off at 7:30 a.m. and the 5K will follow at 7:40 a.m. on October 6.

Runners’ packets and late registration will be available on Thursday, September 29, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, September 30, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Museum. Packets may also be picked up on race day beginning at 6:00 a.m.  Race Day registrations will be accepted from 6:00-7:00 a.m., but prior registration is strongly encouraged. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Runners will have a chance to meet the celebrity starter and pose with the Bison mascot. Runner’s registration includes free admission to the Museum.

Runners of all ages are welcomed, and trophies and medals for the top females and males in each age division ranging from 12 and under to 70 plus are offered. 

Half marathon runners will receive finisher’s medals.  Overall male and female finishers will receive cash awards ($350 for Half-Marathon, $150 for 5K) as well as special buffalo sculpture trophies.

For more information on these events call the museum at 979-776-2195 or visit www.brazosvalleymuseum.org. The museum is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.