It is festival season and homecoming season in Texoma and the city of Sherman will be celebrating Friday and Saturday with both events. Also this weekend in Texoma, individuals can attend a lunch and learn event or go to a program on scum. If none of these activities sound appealing, this weekend is also the Grayson College Foundation’s “Boots to Books” fundraiser to benefit local veterans and their families. Here are five events set to take place in the rain or shine.

1. All hail the king and queen

The Sherman High School varsity football team will be playing Liberty High School on Friday night and during halftime the home town school will be naming its Homecoming king and queen. The game begins at 7:30 p.m., but the spirit day celebration at the stadium starts at 5:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $8, general admission is $6 and SHS students can purchase tickets for $3.

2. Woodlake presentation

Woodlake Park was a resort and recreational park in Sherman from 1901-1948 that offered boating, swimming, fishing, a zoo and carnival rides. The former president of the tourist attraction, Betty Mitchell, will be giving a presentation on the park during the Sherman Museum’s lunch and learn on Friday afternoon. Come by the museum located at 301 S. Walnut in Sherman at noon for the free event and bring your own lunch. Admission for the museum for attendees is $2.50 instead of the normal $5.

3. Festival season

Rain or shine, Sherman Arts Fest will be held Saturday on the Sherman Municipal Building grounds. The 37th installment of the festival will include a kids alley, food and beverage vendars, arts and crafts booths and marketplace vendors. Also, in the municipal building, the Sherman Art League will be having its annual show. The festival begins at 9 a.m.

4. Pond ecosystems

Children attending Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge’s “Refuge Rocks” this weekend will learn all about pond scum. The program to be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday will give information on fish, frogs and ducks. Children will get to view the smallest creatures and plants using a microscope and learn about pond ecosystems. A guardian must accompany children in the 4-7 age group, but it is not required for the 8-12 year olds. Register all children before the event by calling 903-786-2826. Hagerman is located at 6465 Refuge Road in Sherman. For more information, visit

5. Honoring the vets

The Grayson College Foundation will have its “Boots to Books” military ball Saturday at Katy Depot in Denison. All proceeds will benefit the foundation’s “Boots to Books and Beyond” scholarship, which provides educational advancement to those in need, as well as emergency aid for veterans and their families. Veterans can use the month for utilities, food, books and other essential needs. Tickets are $50. To purchase, call 903-415-2615.