Bygone Days on the Bosque this Saturday

Photo courtesy of Stephenville Historical House Museum

Rachel Tuggle

STEPHENVILLE (October 2, 2015) – It’s that time of year again! With the beginning of fall comes football games, pumpkin patches, autumn leaves and the annual Bygone Days on the Bosque.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Stephenville residents are invited to share in the history that makes up our town. 50 different family-friendly exhibits will be set up on the museum grounds for people to enjoy.

Chairman of Bygone Days on the Bosque Robin Ritchie said, “My personal feeling is if we don’t know our history, we don’t know ourselves.”

On Saturday the museum will host a snake oil show, kids games, photo opportunities, various vendors, an open blacksmith shop with interactive demonstrations and a printing press demonstration. A volunteer group of veterans and their families will perform mock gun fights, and the Sons and Daughters of the Confederacy have a cannon demonstration. There will also be a silent auction with the proceeds going to the museum.

This year, the Bygone Days is hosting its first annual canning and baking contest. Canning is open to all ages and the categories will be jellies, preserves and pickles. The baking contest is divided between juniors (17 and younger) and seniors (18 and older). The baked goods will be judged in four different categories- cake with frosting, cake without frosting, pie with meringue and pie without meringue. Awards will be given for each category.

Also new to the Bygone days this year will be tram rides. Due to limited parking, people are encouraged to park at the City Park or downtown on the square and walk or catch one of the trams. The trams will also be giving historical tours of Stephenville.

For more information on the canning and baking contests or about the Bygone Days, contact Ritchie at 254-396-4715 or



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