If bug eating and a parade of dogs sounds like the perfect Saturday, then Pottsboro’s annual Frontier Day festival may be a great weekend event. The festival began on Thursday with a carnival, but Saturday’s portion of the celebration will begin with a parade through the city.
The parade through Pottsboro will begin at 10 a.m. on Highway 120 and the parade of dogs will be held at Friendship Park during the entertainment portion of the festival.
“I cannot really say what event is the most popular,” Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce Manager Rosemary Hall said. “We have been told that the bug eating contest is going to be bigger and better this year.”
Carnival rides open at 10 a.m. Saturday and will be located in the Roma’s Italian Restaurant and Pizza parking lot.
“Unfortunately, we had to move the carnival from inside Friendship Park,” Hall said on Thursday. “Since we have been having so much rain and the ground is still saturated, we were not able to have the carnival set up in the grass.”
There will also be kids crafts and activities, face painting, exhibitors, vendor crafts, artwork, business booths and food and beverages for event patrons to purchase.
“As of now, we have about 75 vendors that will be on the lawn,” Hall said. “There are a few new ones. We have some new food and beverage vendors that were not here last year.”
The band Classic Recall to perform from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Texoma Regional Blood Center’s blood mobile will also be on hand for blood donations.
“Many years ago when they would do cattle drives, they would bring the cattle up Highway 289 heading to the state fair,” Hall said. “They stopped in the area that is now Friendship Park in Pottsboro. They would eat and talk and socialize and things like that. That is how a lot of people met and shared their stories. That is where this festival comes from.”
The Pottsboro Chamber of Commerce will be holding drawings that will be announced throughout the afternoon.
“About 13 years ago, TxDOT (the Texas Department of Transportation) and the city said that we could not have the vendors set up along Highway 120 anymore because that is the main highway through the city and it was just unsafe,” Hall said. “That was when we moved the event into the park and the park makes this a really nice environment for the festival. We have a great gazebo for the entertainment. It is just a family-friendly event and it is going to be a beautiful day finally.”
For more information, visit PottsboroChamber.com. Friendship Park is located at 615 Hwy. 120 East in Pottsboro.