Saturday’s near perfect weather will mark a big day of fun for the whole family.

The day begins with a favorite annual event - By Gone Days on the Bosque - from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Stephenville Historical House Museum. 

“This free event encourages both locals and visitors to let go of modern cares and stresses while stepping back in time. Youngsters learn about their county’s history in a fun, hands-on fashion,” a news release written by Sherri Knight states. “The By Gone Days gunfighters roam the campus in period garb, engaging in occasional ‘confrontations’ with outlaws. Saloon girls stroll through the grounds and engage visitors. Artisans demonstrate near forgotten skills of early settlers. The meeting room is transformed to host a quilting bee. Tram rides, complete with narration, take attendees along the historical downtown streets of Stephenville.”

There will also be an old fashion chuck wagon, complete with cooking demonstrations and food prepared on an open fire.

Vendors will be set up throughout the grounds offering artisan and homemade goods.

New this year will be an old fashioned variety show in the chapel with acts that include poetry readings, vocals by a barber shop quartet, a harpist and much more. 


When By Gone Days ends, you will have a couple hours to rest, then head to downtown Stephenville where Sundown on the Square will take place from 5-9 p.m.

This year’s event will include a kids zone, wine tasting (for the adults) featuring four Texas wineries, food and music by CB Sutton & The Outcast Band, Randall King and the Tejas Brothers. 

“The best thing is that it’s a community, family-friendly event and if nobody wants to spend a dime down there they don’t have to, they can come listen to the music,” said Metta Collier, one of the event organizers. 

The event is free to attend, but those who would like to buy food, wine, games or other extras will need to purchase tickets at a booth, which are sold for $2 each. They will accept cash, checks and credit cards.

Three tickets will get a child into the kids zone and they will be given a blue bracelet.

The kids zone will include a bounce house, coloring stations, games, face painting by Tarleton’s theatre department and a balloon twister with Golly Jolly Balloons.