— By BRIAN SMITH
Saturday’s Hometown Heritage Stampede will go on rain or shine on the square in Weatherford.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the western elements of Weatherford and Parker County will be celebrated, according to Event Coordinator and Main Street Director Kim Thieme. Having something for all ages to enjoy is what Thieme hopes will continue to build crowds in the second year of the event.
A designated “Kiddie Korral” with a dress-up contest and stick horse races, a bounce house and train rides will keep the children entertained. In an attempt to get Halloween started early, participating businesses marked with a special pumpkin outside the door will be giving out candy to children in costume during the event. Businesses will be located in all four quadrants of the square, North Main Street and York Avenue.
“We know it’s a little early, but it will give kids a chance to try on the costume and it’s another way for the family to have a little fun,” Thieme said in a previous interview.
An entertainment schedule has been finalized and features cloggers and two performances by Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band, a 28-piece period-specific band to commemorate Buffalo Bill’s stop in Weatherford in 1915. The Legends of Texas, who are featured entertainers at the Fort Worth Stockyards, will also be performing throughout the day.
Thieme said an Antique Alley, featuring about 10 vendors displaying their wares, will be part of the event along York Avenue, adding to the culture of a time gone by. Thieme said about 40 vendors, including three food vendors, of all types are scheduled.
Some new things planned include a living history demonstration of pre-1840 Native Americans in Parker County, a tomahawk throwing demonstration, the making of flint and yarn spinning along with the showing of a chuck wagon. While no food will be prepared, it can give an idea of what people ate at the time and a look inside one of the vehicles.
For information, contact Thieme at 817-598-4034.