Boonville Days: Texas Heritage Festival 2018

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Join the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History on October 13, 2018 for the ANNUAL BOONVILLE DAYS ~ Texas Heritage Festival! Bring the entire family to enjoy this celebration of our heritage from 9 am to 4 pm. Activities will take place both inside the Museum and on the Brazos Center grounds. This year also marks the 10TH ANNUAL BUFFALO STAMPEDE HALF MARATHON AND 5K RACE at 7:30 am starting at the Brazos Center and the 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!

About Boonville Days

This year’s Boonville Days will be bigger and better than ever before! This free festival will be held on Saturday from 9am-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 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.




Chuck Wagon Cook-Off 

This is also the 8th year of our popular Chuck Wagon Cook-Off… enjoy cowboy cookin’ in style by the best! Come on Friday afternoon to see the wagon judging, and crews in period dress. On Saturday from 9am-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, and chicken fried steak, beans, potatoes, and cobbler). Tickets are limited, so don’t delay! Pat Gavin and the Buckaroo Band will be providing music to keep your feet tapping.

Boonville Heritage Cabin 

Boonville Heritage Park

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!


Sign Up Now!

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

Buffalo Stampede 

Runners will also be stampeding their way through Bryan/College Station, Texas on October 13th at 7:30am as the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History hosts its 10th 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 & 5K finishers will also receive finishers’ awards.  Overall male and female winners will receive amazing buffalo hats as well as unique buffalo sculpture trophies.

Save money by registering early online at where maps and race details are also available. For more information about registration options call the Museum at 979.776.2195. Don’t miss the 10th Annual Buffalo Stampede and Boonville Days!

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 our website at The Museum, located in the Brazos Center, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. Regular admission fees are: $5 for adults; $4 for student, seniors, and children; and free for children under 3.  


Twin City Properties

Admission to this event is free courtesy of Twin City Properties.


Photos from Past Boonville Days Heritage Fairs