This will be a great weekend in Texoma to get out and enjoy some entertainment and give to some charitable organizations. There will be a gospel convention in Denison and 5K runs in Sherman and Bonham. Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge will be putting on its monthly children’s event on Saturday, and this weekend there will also be an event benefiting Grayson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Ricky Wheeler. Here are five events to fill this pre-Thanksgiving weekend.


1. Christian youth fest


Mimicking the Arkansas youth festival, the Texas Youth Fest 2017 hopes to bring 1,000 young people to Texoma to enjoy Christian music and comedians. The festival begins at 6 p.m. Friday and the two-day event will wrap up at 3 p.m. Saturday. Both days’ events will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn’s Texoma Event Center, 5015 U.S. Highway 75 South, Denison. Tickets are $20. For more information, visit www.texasyouthfest.com.


2. Turkey Run


True Options Pregnancy will be gobbling, galloping and giving thanks during its family-friendly event this weekend. The Turkey Trot 5K and Fun Run will be held from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday starting at the Sherman Municipal Building Lawn, 220 W. Mulberry, Sherman. This is the second year for this event and all proceeds will be given to True Options so it can continue providing free pregnancy tests, STD tests and treatment, limited obstetric ultrasounds, counseling, and resources for women and men living in Texoma. If you beat the dressed up turkey in True Option’s one-mile family-fun run, you may win a special prize.


3. Run for the vets


Historic Constantine Masonic Lodge No. 13 will be hosting a 5K and Fun Run this weekend to benefit the Broken Wheel Ranch and Disabled American Sportsmen. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Old Bonham Armory and Civic Center, 1100 W. Fifth St., Bonham. “Sweatin’ For the Vets 5K Run-Walk-Roll” will include an activity for all ages and fitness levels. There will be a 5K Run, one-mile fun run/walk, boot camp stations, athletic competitions and race day T-shirts.


4. Hoot hoot


Children will be learning all about owls this weekend at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge in Sherman. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. Please register each child at http://www.friendsofhagerman.com/CONTACT or by calling the refuge at 903-786-2826. A parent or responsible adult must accompany children in the 4-7 age group. Parents are welcome to accompany children in the 8-12 age group.


5. The best chili around


There will have live music, beer and chili at 903 Brewers, 1718 S. Elm St. in Sherman, on Saturday. The chili cook-off and car show will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is $5 to sample chili. We will have a live auction with all sorts of goodies. It all benefits Capt. Ricky Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office in his fight against cancer. Food must be prepared at home and heated on site. Each team must provide its own gas heat source. Electricity will not be available. Winning team gets $100 cash. Email nr@903brewers.com to enter or with questions. All entry fees benefit the Ricky Wheeler family.


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