BONHAM — In past years, the Red River Art, Wine and Music Festival in Bonham has brought about 2,000 people to the Creative Arts Center. This year, center Executive Director Lisa Avila hopes that nice weather will bring around the same number of people to take in wine from the four wineries set to appear, as well as see the works of the 12 vendors that will be on site that day.
The Red River Art, Wine, and Music Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
“People really love the non-stop entertainments at this festival,” Avila said. “It’s a small festival. There are no long lines. You’re not wadding through thousands of people. We do not aim for that.”
Julius Roitsch, Wanda Ortiz and friends will begin the musical performances. Also performing will be the Dynamite Drummers and the choir from Neblett Elementary in Sherman. The Little Goddess Trybe of belly dancers from Sherman will give two short shows at 10:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. and regional favorites Little Big Iron hit the stage at 11 a.m. They will be performing a mix of bluegrass, pop and country with a little rock ‘n’ roll thrown in.
“All types of music will be played,” Avila said. “You can sit back and enjoy some wine while listening to whatever you like to listen to. This event really appeals to everyone.”
Deanie Deal and her band Buck Creek perform at 1 p.m. The Say No More Ensemble, with its eclectic mix of classical, pop, rock and original tunes, are back again this year followed by Bonham High School graduate Jimi Watusi, who performs reggae. During his performance, Watusi often asks the children in the audience onto the stage to play percussion instruments.
“Last year, it was cold and dreary, but we still had a really good turn out,” Avila said. “This is just a small town festival with big town entertainment.”
Also with the musical performances, Avila said there will also be artists on site and artisan vendors. The children’s art projects will take place all day in the garden. Several adult acrylic pouring art classes will be held Saturday, along with a silent auction, an art walk around the square and more.
For information, visit Red River Art, Wine and Music Fest on Facebook, or call the Creative Arts Center at 903-640-2196. The center is located at 200 W. 5th Street.