The By Gone Days on the Bosque event has been around for years, but this year will be better than ever with the addition of a Farm Olympic Competition going on during the annual event from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Stephenville Historical House Museum.
Robin Ritchie, chairman of the By Gone Days, said the genius behind the farm olympics comes from David Ross who every year thinks up some fun event to add.
“He takes it upon himself to come up with special events to help bring in more participation,” Ritchie said. “It’s totally just for fun. We encourage friends, church groups and any kind of folks to come out and join in.”
The Farm Olympic Competition will include:
Wheelbarrow Slalom - A race against the clock through a course of pylons. Hay Bale Toss - Longest throw wins. Stone Toss - Closest to a line 25-feet away wins. Hay Bale Stacking - Move eight bales of hay across a line and make two rows, four bales high. This is a timed event. Human Tractor Pull - Teams of three contestants pull a railroad baggage cart from starting line to finish line. This is a timed event. As far as signing up for an event, Ritchie asks that those interested call the museum or show up at 10 a.m. to sign up and check out what events are of interest.
All the competitions will occur in between the By Gone Days events and the top three finishers will receive ribbons and bragging rights.
Besides the Farm Olympic Competition, throughout the day folks can enjoy gun fights, musket and cannon demonstrations, a staged bank robbery, other re-enactments, historical tours and a variety of exhibitors.
“This is my 15th year to participate and my 12th year to be the chairman. I just personally look forward to seeing all the families come,” Ritchie said. “I love watching grandparents, parents and kids come and seeing the kids’ eyes light up when they see something for the first time. I also enjoy seeing all the exhibitors come through because we have a lot that come for the first time.”
Ritchie and her husband actually formed the gun fighter group, which consists of military veterans and retired or disabled law enforcement officials and fire fighters.
“Reenacting our history is kind of what my family does. We’ve been doing this for 25 to 30 years,” she said. “So it’s kind of our brotherhood and I’ve always loved watching families come through and experience all of this stuff together.”
For more information contact the Stephenville Museum at 254-965-5880.