The nearly 4,000 residents of Winnsboro, 100 miles east of Dallas, celebrate a handful of events annually that include Autumn Trails, the Winnsboro Classic Car Cruise-In, the Fine Art & Wine Market, and Wild West Days. TH features the town in the January 2013 issue; here’s the scoop on Winnsboro events.
The 10th anniversary of the Main Street Program makes this year extra special with a weekend of festivities planned for March 15-16. Intern Elena Watts caught up with program director Denise Miranda to find out what’s on the agenda.
In 1981, the Texas Historical Commission started the Main Street Program, which helps preserve and revitalize historic downtowns. At a ceremony 10 years ago, Texas First Lady Anita Perry designated Winnsboro as one of the Main Street cities, and since then, more than $12 million in public and private funds have poured into its downtown, improving roads, sidewalks, building facades, and signage. Winnsboro is one of 86 towns participating in the program.
Breakfast receptions at the historic depot downtown kick off both mornings with coffee and pastries, while live music and horse-drawn buggy rides entertain visitors all weekend. On Friday, the public can mix and mingle and sample hors d’oeuvres at a reception at the Center for the Arts. Afterwards, the downtown building window tours begin. Businesses in the century-old buildings decorate their windows with depictions of the trades that once occupied their offices. Saturday, visitors can enjoy living history demonstrations including horseshoeing, blacksmithing, leather tooling, and weaving. Following a chuck wagon lunch, Old West reenactments are performed.
Sandy Thomas, administrator for the Winnsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, shared details about other upcoming events:
The Winnsboro Farmers Market
Saturdays, April - September at Winnsboro City Park
Saturdays in October on Market Street downtown
Note: Market may move entirely downtown so check the status.
Winnsboro Spring Festival
Guests and residents of the small northeast Texas town roam Market, Elm, and Franklin Streets, which close to cars for their annual two-day spring celebration. Vendors peddle wares ranging from jewelry to home décor, while fare includes hotdogs, hamburgers, turkey legs, and fresh lemonade. Performances, historic reenactments, and a balloon release entertain festival-goers.
Annual Fireworks in the Park
July 4, 2013
Winnsboro Classic Car Cruise-In
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013
Downtown at The Depot
The parking lot around the historic depot in downtown Winnsboro becomes a promenade for vintage vehicles. Visitors can have a bite and a beverage while they pick their favorite cars before the judging.
15th Annual Business Expo & Health Fair 2013
October 5, 2013, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Winnsboro Civic Center
City Park & Downtown
This month-long celebration put Winnsboro on the map more than a half-century ago. Throughout October, residents and visitors enjoy events along with the changing colors of fall. The lineup includes a welcome parade with trail riders who camp out all weekend, the Big Woods Trail Ride, the Antique Tractor Show & Pull, a BBQ cook-off, the Taste of Winnsboro Cook-out, the Trades Day & Swap Meet, and arts and crafts in City Park — culminating in the Livestock & Dairy Show the beginning of November.
Fine Art & Wine Market
This juried art show features original art by regional and national artists perfect for both casual and serious art collectors. Wine, live music, and children’s art activities are among the other offerings.
Wild West Days
The Legends of Crossroads perform historical reenactments of chapters in Winnsboro’s history on Market and Elm Streets. Visitors enjoy all things Western: arts & crafts, cowboy music, cowboy poetry, and the antics of “Judge Roy Spleen” and his posse.
Winnsboro Annual Christmas Parade
Early December 2013
For additional information and dates not determined at the time of publication, please call 903-342-3666 or visit www.winnsboro.com.
From the December 2012 issue.
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