POTTSBORO — There were no cattle at Frontier Day in Pottsboro Saturday, but there were more than 75 vendor booths from area businesses. The festival, which began as a heritage festival held annually when the cattle drive passed through on its way to Dallas, still includes a parade, carnival, vendors fair, and performances.


Several hundred people took to Friendship Park within hours of the fair’s opening Saturday to see the event’s dog parade and blessing of the animals, magic tricks and a performance by Arnold’s Martial Arts.


“We have a lot of fun booths out here,” Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce President Rosemary Hill said. “We also have a lot of political candidates out here because it is getting closer to the election. We have seen so many return food vendors, but we also had a lot of new vendors this year.”


This was also the second year that the festival included a bug-eating contest with barbecue flavored bugs, cheese crickets, and salt and pepper insects. The contest winner was returning champion Bobby Hancock and second place went to Kevin Couch.


“I really just wanted to come to the parade because my cousin was in it, but I stayed to see the bug-eating contest,” Mackenzie Montgomery of Gainesville said. “I am also really looking forward to getting some food out here. It smells so good.”


Tim Oster of Timber Creations brought his cedar wood carved bears to the event because he likes to see people’s smiling faces when they see his creations.


“I have been making bears for about 20 years now,” he said. “I have lived in this community. This is just a hobby. I enjoy making them and I enjoy seeing my friends and neighbors at this festival.”


Lance Walker of Sherman came to the festival for the carnival.


“I have spent a lot of time out there today,” he said. “I really like carnival rides. So far I have loved the pet parade and the martial arts performance. I have been to this festival for a few years and I really like to see young people performing like this and being patriotic.”