Texas Heritage Festival: Boonville Days & Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon

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_MG_8328Join the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History on October 1 for the 11th Annual Boonville Days – Texas Heritage Festival. This year also marks the 8th Annual Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon and 5K Race at 7:30am starting at the Brazos Center and the 5th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off on Friday and Saturday. Come join in the race fun, and afterwards bring the entire family to celebrate the history of the Brazos Valley at Brazos County’s only heritage fair.

This year’s Boonville Days will be bigger and better than ever before. The free festival will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 9am to 4pm Learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history — visit with characters in period costume: cowboys, civil war re-enactors, musicians, dancers, artists, and much more. Professor Paisley from the Texian Institute of Oxenology, will be parading back into town with oxen Justice and Liberty, showcasing Texas culture from 1830-1845. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe demonstrations of frontier skills and trades including flint making, spinning, quilting, weaving, and blacksmithing. This is a family friendly event, so the Museum will have activities to keep the young’uns entertained by learning to make pinch pots and other period crafts.

This is also the fifth year of the popular Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Enjoy cowboy cookin’ in style by the best. Come on Friday afternoon, September 30, to see the wagon judging and crews in period dress. On Saturday from 9am to 4pm, the chuck wagons will compete in a cook-off with meals for the public. Lunch tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum for $10. The meal includes bottled water, chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, and cobbler. Tickets are limited so don’t delay. Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band will provide music to keep your feet tapping.

Visitors can also browse through the Museum’s Discovery Room, Library, and exhibition gallery, and explore the Texas history display and the exhibit, Tarzan: Myth and Mystery.compressed photo of band bass player

Those interested in volunteering or being a re-enactor for Boonville Days, email emailevents@brazosvalleymuseum.org or contact the Museum at (979) 776-2195.

Before Boonville Days starts on Saturday, runners will be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station at 7:30am in the 8th Annual Buffalo Stampede!

Runners of all ages are welcome, and female and male winners in each age division ranging from 12-and-under to 70-plus will receive a beautiful custom trophy or medal. Half-Marathon finishers will also receive finishers’ medals. Overall male and female winners will receive amazing buffalo hats as well as unique buffalo sculpture trophies. First, second, and third place awards will be given in each 10-year age group. Age-group awards will be custom made buffalo head trophies for first place and buffalo medallions for second and third places. Age groups will be: 12 and under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70+.

Save money by registering early online at www.brazosvalleymuseum.org where maps and race details are also available. For more information about registration options call (979) 776-2195. Don’t miss the 8th Annual Buffalo Stampede and Boonville Days!