Junebug Summer Fair is coming soon!

4th annual

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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, & Brandon Newbourne, Bob Williams Peach Tree Farmbigstock-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.


If you want info or have questions please feel free to email junebugsummerfair@gmail.com

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

Spend you New Years with us!


Celebrate NEW YEARS EVE at the Forge!
7-10pm Craig Wallace and Guthrie Kennard
10-Midnight Solomon Skiles Band

We will have a fabulous menu to choose from with amazing food as expected.
Music starts at 7pm, get here early to save your seat.
Complimentary champagne toast at midnight. $10 Cover

Motorized Barstool Racing coming to Ben Wheeler

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Moore’s Store & The Forge Bar & Grill host a Quiet Man Tradition*!!!
Watch Out for the re-ignition of Bar Stool Races to be held on March 21st in Ben Wheeler Texas,
pre-empted by the Adoption Auction Friday, January 21st.

So what is this crazy Motorized Barstool thing anyway? Well, it started in 1978 when a can of bud cost 16 cents at the Quiet Man Bar on Knox Street in Dallas. The original circle of 6 barstool creators consisted of Bill Jenkins, Thomas Spangler, Johnny Gable, John Pullman, Mike Carr, and Keith Blackwell (the official woo hooer). Each man created his own version of a motorized barstool and then they began to race them outside the Quiet Man bar. Soon it grew to the Highland Park Cafeteria parking lot where Mrs Dewey Goodman announced the racers at a polished track. From there they moved to the Dart Bar of Cedar Springs followed by Lukes Outhouse. The tradition continued throughout Dallas, where Mr. Jenkins made the news with his barstool cannon blast that set off the alarm of a nearby liquor store.
The notorious Dallas Farmers Market quickly took up the event in full sponsorship along with Ben E Keith and Budweiser to blast the races city wide. Bill Jenkins’ barstool train debuted (featuring a super charged 350cc Honda) coming in first place. In 1991 The races finally found their end at the Greenville Avenue St Pattys Day Parade. (This is the old school lower Greenville where legends were made.)
Last seen in 1991 the barstools have now resurfaced in Ben wheeler TX. The reincarnated reclaimed racers can be seen on display at the participating shops across the historic town of Ben Wheeler. Races to be held annually during the Over the Rainbow St Patty’s Day Party and at the Feral Hog Festival, which runs the 4th Friday and Saturday of October.
Build your own or adopt!!!

Want to Adopt?
So you want to be a Motorized Adoptee…You must attend the Adoption Auction to be held January 23 @ Moore’s Store! There will be a live auctioneer, foster barstools on display, live music and full bar. To check out potential adoptions, please go to the approved Foster Homes at the certified Ben Wheeler Merchants: Flying Fish, Frilly Pepper, Gum Creek, Secret Garden & Walking Horse. Adoption bids will start at $100.
Rules of adoption set forth by the B.W.B.P.S. (Ben Wheeler Barstool Protective Services)
Barstools must be available for future Ben Wheeler events & annual races, not show signs of abuse, & kept in good working order.  There will be an annual inspection by an authorized B.W.B.P.S. field agent to decide continued placement or removal from the premise.

Wanna make your own Motorized Barstool?
There is a silver lining, if you have the skills and wherewithal, we welcome you to create your own motorized barstool. Just be sure to check out the Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules and Regulations.
Pick up entry forms & complete rules @ Moore’s Store or The Forge Bar & Grill or print them right here:

Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules 2015



We have a great week planned, not to mention some really great parties! Come out and see why we are one of the coolest Town’s in Texas!

WED 12/17 Craig Wallace hosting
Open Mic Night 6:30pm
Thurs 12/18 Wesley Pruitt 7pm
Friday 12/19 Travis Bolt 7pm

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  Saturday 12/20 at 7pm
Chase McClanahan Duo
is hosting an
Raid grandma’s closet, tell Aunt Betty  you’re cold     or just make your own!!! 


We have a limited amount of seating and an amazing night planned!


CALL to make your reservations for New Years Eve!

Charlie Robison at the Forge Pavillion/ Grist Mill

Charlie Robison will be our musical guest at the Forge Grist Mill (formerly the Pavillion) for a night of down home fun.

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Charlie Robison at the Forge, Ben Wheeler, TX

Throughout his career, Charlie Robison has forged his own path within the country music world as well as the Lone Star music scene and popular music at large. He grew up in the small scenic town of Bandera in the Texas Hill country — known as “The Cowboy Capital of the World” — where his family has ranched the land for eight generations. Music wasn’t just a staple around the Robison household; from even before he could walk, Charlie would spend Saturday nights with his parents at The Cabaret, the local C&W dancehall in downtown Bandera. But the fare playing in the family home ran the gamut from rock’n’roll to singer-songwriters and much more. So it should come as no surprise that Charlie, his brother Bruce and sister Robyn Ludwyck all enjoy respected and critically acclaimed music careers as singers, songwriters and recording and performing artists.

Charlie is best known for his song “In my Hometown” and has just released a new album “Beautiful Day.”

The Hog Fest will be going on both Friday, Oct 24th and Saturday,Oct 25th. It will end with a bang on Saturday night as Wesley Pruitt opens with his amazing guitar skills and electric smile at 8:00 pm and then Charlie will light up the stage at 10:00. You don’t want to miss this HUGE hometown party, in the coolest town in East Texas!

For tickets: ($15 advance @ outhousetickets.com or $20 Door)


Burning Ben… a tribute to Burning Man


Come on out and play as we burn the old to make way for the new!

We will have a large bonfire (weather permitting) and great music!

Drum circles welcome! Only a $10 cover to hear some really amazing music and have a great time!


Bike Wash, Sock Hop and Kid Icarus all in one day!

If you want something incredibly fun to do check out this Saturday’s activities in Ben Wheeler (Sept 6th). You will not be disappointed! We have a bike wash with some lovely ladies, live band and plenty of ice cream in the parking lot to Scoots N’ Scoops Ice Cream Parlor from 11-4. Then the incredibly talented Craig Wallace will be playing from 3-5 inside the Forge. That evening Kid Icarus will be ripping it up with every song in their playbook (which is quite awesome!) from 7 to 10 pm. At the same time in the back we will be hosting a Jump and Jivin’ good time at our first ever Sock Hop!  The cost is $10 and we will have the infamous Hoss Huggins there to put his Rock-a-billy guitar to work!