15TH ANNUAL BOONVILLE DAYS

Location

3232 Briarcrest Drive

Bryan, Texas 77802​

Chuck Wagon Meal Ticket

Pre-Sold at the Museum

Date and Time

Saturday, October 3rd

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

A Texas Heritage Festival

Saturday, October 3rd

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Join the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History on October 3, 2020 for the 15th annual Texas Heritage Festival: Boonville Days! As part of the festival, runners and walkers of all ages are welcome to join in the 12th Annual Buffalo Stampede Half Marathon & 5K Race at 7:00 am starting at the Brazos Center.

 

After the race, the entire family can enjoy other fun activities at this free heritage festival!

From 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history: visit with characters in period costume, enjoy cowboys, reenactors, musicians, dancers, artisans, and much more. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe demonstrations of frontier skills and trades including flint-knapping, spinning, weaving, wood carving, and blacksmithing. This is a family friendly event, so there will be free pony rides, train rides, and other activities for children. The Museum will be open free with more exhibits, activities, and demonstrators inside!

 

This event was made possible in part through Eugene Edge III Charitable Trust, Wakefield Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Twin City Properties, Producers Co-op, Brazos County Historical Commission and the Hotel Tax Revenue funded from the City of College Station and the City of Bryan through the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

About Boonville Days

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Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

This year marks our 9th annual CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF!  Enjoy cowboy cookin’ in style by the best! Teams will compete in an authentic Chuck Wagon Cook-Off as part of The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History’s Boonville Days on Saturday, October 3rd, at noon.

The public is invited to enjoy lunch prepared on an authentic chuck wagon; be a cowboy on the range for a day. Come on Friday afternoon (October 2nd) to see wagon judging and crews in period dress!

 

Meal tickets for the Chuck Wagon Saturday noon meal will be pre-sold at the Museum and at the event for $12 (includes chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, bread, cobbler, and bottled water). The lunches are big, so children can share a plate. Meals are only served from 12-1. Tickets are limited, so don’t delay, purchase your ticket today!

 

As an added bonus, every year the Cook-Off features a friendly rivalry between several of our loyal wagon crews who compete every year. All of our teams will go head-to-head in an "Old-West" culinary battle to determine which chuck wagon reigns supreme.  There will be cash prizes and spectacular hand crafted silver and gold belt buckles by Tres Rios Silver for the winning Championship Team!

Festival Activities

Visitors to Boonville Days and the Boonville Heritage Park on Saturday, October 3rd, 9 a.m.—4 p.m., will also learn about Brazos County’s pioneer history: see characters in period costume; enjoy cowboys, civil war reenactors, musicians, dancers, artists, and much more.  The public will also have the opportunity to observe first-hand demonstrations of frontier skills and trades including flint-making, spinning, quilting, weaving, print-making, and blacksmithing.  There will also be a variety of fun period crafts designed to keep children & adults entertained! 

During the free event, visitors can browse through the Museum’s Discovery Room, library, and exhibition gallery. Visitors can also explore the Texas history display and the Museum’s current temporary exhibit: Fossils & Vaccines: The Legacy of Dr. Mark Francis. If you are interested in volunteering or being a re-enactor for Boonville Days, please contact the Museum at (979) 776-2195 or email events@brazosvalleymuseum.org. If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please see our Sponsorship Opportunities and our Sponsor Form.

Boonville Days is free thanks to underwriting by the Eugene Edge III Charitable Trust and Twin City Properties and is also sponsored by City of College Station, the City of Bryan, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, and the Brazos County Historical Commission.

 

  • Event Schedule

    • Friday

      • 3:30 wagons are to be in place

      • 3:30 wagon judging begins (may begin earlier if everyone is ready)

      • 5:30 cooks’ meeting

      • 6:30 Sponsors and Friends Potluck Dinner

  • Saturday

    • 11:45 samples ready for pick-up

    • 12:00 serve the public

    • 3:30 Awards ceremony

So get your cookware ready, load up your wagons, and roll into Bryan for a Chuck Wagon Cook-off you don’t want to miss!

 

Boonville Heritage Cabin

Shuttle vans will also carry visitors to & from Boonville Heritage Park (a few blocks away) where they may view a restored and furnished 19th c. dogtrot cabin, replica buildings of the Boonville Court House, a smoke house, the Masonic lodge, educational activities, booths, and other re-enactors!

 

Museum and Exhibits

Visitors can also browse through the Museum’s Discovery Room with live animals, and explore our gallery exhibits including a Texas History display. Shuttle vans will also carry visitors to & from Boonville Heritage Park, (a few blocks away) where they may view a restored & furnished 19th c. dogtrot cabin, replica buildings of the Boonville Court House, a smoke house, the Masonic lodge demonstration booths and other re-enactors!

Cook-Off Sponsorship Opportunities

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering or being a re-enactor for Boonville Days?

Become a Cook-Off Sponsor

BUFFALO STAMPEDE

Before Boonville Days...

Runners will also be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station, Texas on October 3rd at 7:00am as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 12th annual Buffalo Stampede!

Runners of all ages are welcome, and female and male winners in each age division ranging from 12-and-under to 80 plus will receive a beautiful custom trophy or medal!  

HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday

10am - 5pm

LOCATION

3232 Briarcrest Drive

Bryan, Texas 77802​

Tel: (979) 776-2195

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