BONHAM — The city of Bonham will have its 12th annual Heritage Day celebration this weekend. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bonham.


Meant as a celebration of Fannin County heritage, the festival will include a car and truck show and a motorcycle fun run.


“The motorcross jump is always a favorite,” event organizer Emily Porter said. “I have seen Dan Weeks do his jump higher than the downtown buildings a million times, but I still get scared when I watch it. It is just that amazing. It is exciting to see.”


Boy Scouts of Troup 52 will be presenting the flags at 9 a.m. Bonham Mayor Roy Floyd will give a welcome to start the celebration and Fannin County Judge Spanky Carter will also welcome area residents and guests.


“We are going to be having the same types of events that we have had at past Heritage Days,” Porter said. “One thing that we have not had in the last few years that is back this year is the monster trucks. Children will get to take a ride on those.”


Music will be provided by Bonham Independent School District choirs, I.W. Evans Intermediate School Square Dancers, musicians George and Margie, five-member gospel band One Way Music Ministry and country western musicians the Foreman Brothers.


Porter said that about 50 vendors will be scattered through downtown Saturday. Patrons can expected to see and buy homemade items like knives, glass art, blacksmith creations, specialty coffee, jewelry and more. Many civic organizations will also have booths at the event.


“We estimate that there are about 2,500 people downtown during peak times throughout the day,” Porter said. “It’s hard to estimate though because of the expanse of the event. We have people and events taking place throughout downtown.”


The grand opening of the Fannin County Museum of History will be at 1 p.m. The 1966 Katy Caboose will be made open to the public. There will be a ribbon cutting and tours of the caboose.


“Museum tours will be given all day,” Porter said.


Historic presentations will be given at the festival and awards and presentations will be given out throughout the day.


“Heritage Day builds memories,” Porter said. “When children get older, they will always remember the things that they got to do as children. Things that we are nostalgic about stay with us. That is the purpose of Heritage Day. We want people to build memories with their families. It’s something that helps unite us as a community and it is very important for us to stay united together.”