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Join the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History on October 1 for the 11th Annual Boonville Days – Texas Heritage Festival. This year also marks the Eighth Annual Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon And 5K Race at 7:30am starting at the Brazos Center and the Fifth 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. This free festival will be held on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history: visit with characters in period costume, enjoy 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 the oxen Justice and Liberty, showcasing Texas culture from 1830 to 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 children entertained by learning to make pinch pots and other period crafts.

This is also the fifth year of the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off. Enjoy cowboy cooking in style! Come on Friday afternoon 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 (includes bottled water, chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, and cobbler). Tickets are limited, so don’t delay! Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band will be providing music.

Visitors can also browse through the museum’s Discovery Room, library, exhibition gallery, and explore the Texas History Display and the exhibit, “Tarzan: Myth and Mystery.”

This exhibit was made possible in part through Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station and the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. Other sponsors include Twin City Properties and the Brazos County Historical Commission. To learn more about this and other museum events, activities and exhibitions call (979) 776-2195, or visit www.brazosvalleymuseum.org. The museum, located in the Brazos Center, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Regular admission fees are: five dollars for adults, four dollars for students, seniors, and children, and free for children under three.Those interested in volunteering or being a re-enactor for Boonville Days should contact the museum at (979) 776-2195 or email events@brazosvalleymuseum.org.

Runners will also be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station on October 1 at 7:30am as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 8th annual Buffalo Stampede!

Runners of all ages are welcome. Female and male winners in each age division 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 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59, 60 to 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 the museum at (979) 776-2195.