Past Junebug Summer Fairs


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SATURDAY JUNE 18th, 2016
11AM – 11PM

The Forge in Historic downtown Ben Wheeler TX
1610 FM 279, Ben Wheeler TX
(903) 833-5970

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 18th when the 4th annual Junebug Festival kicks into high gear. The family-friendly festival, which is located in the tiny art enclave of Ben Wheeler,TX, highlights the work of artists, musicians, artisans from the Lone Star state.

Headquartered on the three-acre park-like property surrounding the FORGE (a local restaurant, bar, and music venue), the festival will give festival goers an opportunity to witness the creative process through “live art” displays as well as the chance to actively join in the process.

Here are just a few of the fun events planned for the day:

15F087FF-F719-4BD2-B847-028F54752D4D– Artisan Joe Pirog will host a live clay corner, with demonstrations on the wheel and a “dirty hands station” for kids (and for the kid in all of us). Participants will learn how to create their own clay pots or sculpt an animal out of clay.
Learn more about the artists here

-If clay is not your medium, stroll on over to the “future artist’s station” where the littles ones can color their own Junebug and have a chance to view the tiny critters up close.


-Take part in a community project with Lisa Rush, a local artisan 052316 Henna by Kerian adsp
ecializing in weaving and leather works, and try your hands at the loom.-Get your face painted or get some henna done by Kerian Massey and her band of gypsys.

-Featured Artists:  Lisa Rush, Joe Pirog, Carolyn Ellis, Kerian Massey, Jessica Lisby, Melissa Loyd, Deb Wood,  Denise Cooper, Sam Fontenot, Cheryl Hicks, Cindy Fuqua, Gale Mase, Sylvia Morse , Kelley Broadaway of KjDesigns, Julie Howard, Bethany Boyd

-Featured Handmade goods: – Come Together Trading Company, Hand Stands & Hula Hoops, Henna by Kerian

-Featured musicians include Jeff Gallagher – outlaw country; Jacob Ball – singer songwriter; Pink Velvet- interpretations for rebellion; Meredith Crawford & the backhand band; Craig Wallace – blues; Scatterproof – new talent, Whiskey Prophets – Americana

-Featured Farms/Farmers: Gopher Knoll Farms – Barbara Gosnell, Earthstead Farms – Rebecca Visconti & Sam , & Brandon Mewbourne, Trystan Rhys, Black Beauty Ranchbigstock-Organic-vegetables-on-a-stand-52118527-848x500

If you simply want to wander around the beautifully-manicured herb gardens and grounds of the Forge, grab a cone of homemade ice cream or sorbet by Debs Double Barrel (or an adult beverage from the Forge’s bar) and settle in to one of the many park benches and tables to listen to local musicians as they play their original songs.

This year’s festivities jumpstart the upcoming Gristmill Mercardo. The Gristmill Mercardo will be open first Monday Sundays thru the summer and early fall as a farmers market specializing in fresh “farm-to-table” organic produce, and will continue to feature area artists, artisans & musicians.


Featured Musicians:

Forge indoor stage: 
3pm-6pm Craig Wallace  ♣ 7pm-10pm Travis Bolt

Gristmill stage music lineup:             

11am-Scatterproof Band  ♣ 1pm-Josh Ball ♣ 3pm-Jeff Gallagher ♣ 5pm-Porters Bluff ♣ 7pm-Whiskey Prophets  ♣  8:30pm-Pink Velvet  ♣ 
9:30pm-Meredith Crawford & the Backhand Band

If you want info or have questions please feel free to email

For more info on the artists, click here
For more info in the farmers and Handmade Goods, click here

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