By Caleb Slinkard
The Commerce Journal
The 27th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash will feature a wide variety of vendors, events and other entertainment options. New to the bash is a carnival run by Triple T Amusements. The company is the same one that provided the carnival for Commerce’s 4th of July celebration. The carnival will be open Thursday and Friday night from 5 to 11 p.m. and will be located at the Farmer’s Market in downtown Commerce. It will also be open Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. According to Commerce Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Rohrabaugh, wristbands for the carnival will be available for purchase at the Bash.
The Commerce Leadership Institute is sponsoring the Bois d’Arc Bash BBQ Friday night from 5 to 8 p.m. For $5, patrons will receive a hot BBQ sandwich, chips, a cookie and a drink. Meals can be picked up via drive through or eaten on the square.
Saturday, vendors will set up between 6 and 9 a.m. The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and run until 10 a.m., as long as supplies last. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit scholarships given by the club to various community service projects.
The 5K Bois d’Arc Dash will begin at 8 a.m., although participants must be registered by 7:30 a.m. if they want their time recorded, according to Rohrabaugh. The 5K will begin and end at the corner of Washington and Bonham, and the full route is posted on the Bash’s website, www.boisdarc-bash.com. The dash costs $25 for the race and a t-shirt before Sept. 19 and $35 after, including on race day. Onsite registration for the 5K will be available Saturday at 7:45 a.m. in front of Beacon Chiropractic 1205 Washington St.
The Bash parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday in the corner of the Personalized Printing parking lot, with the parade beginning at 10. Vendors will also open at 9 a.m. The East Texas Model Railroad Club’s display will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old gymnasium on Pecan Street south of the police/fire department. Admission to the display is free.
The Miss Bois d’Arc Pageant will begin at 11:30 a.m. Individuals can register for the pageant on the Bash’s website. Seven categories will be judged, with each winner receiving a $100 scholarship in addition to a crown and trophy. Attire for the competition is Sunday dress or better for contestants aged 13 or younger, according to the Bash’s website. Contestants aged 14-19 will compete in casual wear and evening wear.
The Aglaia Duck Race is scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday in front of Huffman Farm Supply on Bonham Street. The annual event is a yearly fund-raiser for the Aglaia Club, and tickets are available for $10 each. Each ticket corresponds to a plastic duck in the race, according to Rohrabaugh, and the winner will receive $1,000. Tickets can be purchased from members of the club.
The Commerce Parks Foundation will announce the winners of their artwork raffle. Tickets for the five pieces of artwork from local artists, currently on display at A Space art gallery in downtown Commerce, can be purchased at the Commerce Parks Foundation’s booth at the Bash or by contacting foundation President Barbara Lenington at 903-886-7697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commerce Parks Foundation is dedicated to building a concrete, durable skatepark at Centennial Park in Commerce. The foundation has been actively planning the park and collecting donations for more than a year, and has held four SKATE competition fund-raisers at the City Park.
Individuals can register for the 17th Annual Bois d’Arc Bash Classic and Truck Show on Sunday from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and ping-pong ball participant judging will begin at noon. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m., or earlier if possible.
For more information or to register for an event, visit www.boisdarc-bash.com.