The city of Pottsboro will be having a celebration Saturday in honor of the city’s cattle-drive heritage. Frontier Day is a festival held annually as a tribute to the area’s history with the Preston Trail and the city’s historic ties with the extension to Highway 289.
The festival begins with a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and the festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be carnival rides open from 10 a.m. to closing, a kids crafts section with activities like face painting.
The Texoma Regional Blood Mobile will be on site taking blood donations and the dog parade will be back again.
“The festival started many, many years ago,” Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce Board President Rosemary Hall said. “Cattle drivers would arrive in this area on their way to Dallas for the state fair. Locals would come out and welcome them into the community and that is how the fair began.”
Then the cattle drives stopped, Hall said.
“The community still wanted to do something,” she said. “So we used to have a festival along FM 120, but TxDOT (Texas Department of Transportation) came and shut that down because that is really the only highway that goes through Pottsboro.”
Frontier Day now continues to be held at Friendship Park in Pottsboro.
“A lot of people are new to this area or have moved here because of the lake and our great school system,” Hall said. “They do not know a lot about the heritage of this area. It is very important that we keep the heritage alive and tell people about what used to be here.”
Hall said, in past years, festival patrons have come from Sherman, Denison, Whitesboro and further to take part in the bug-eating contest, to see the vendors, and to take part in the festival’s children’s activities.
“The bug-eating contest defending champion will be back this year,” Hall said. “We will also have a magician that will do a show and he will also be walking around the festival grounds.”
There will be about 75 booths at Saturday’s event where Hall said hundreds of people will gather.
“Pottsboro is a wonderful small town community,” she said. “The people here are very supportive and are always smiling and walking around the festival greeting each other because we all know each other. This is just a really family oriented festival because we are a really family oriented town.”
Friendship Park is located at 615 Highway 120 East in Pottsboro.