Hog Fest is nearing…Only 3 weeks and the frenzied cooks will be buzzing like bees, huddled around their smokers into the wee hours of Saturday morning. They will be religiously checking their meats and trying to stay warm around campfires as the festivities start inside Moores and The Forge Friday night. Several will dash into the warmth of one of the local venues to be greeted by friends and strangers. All will have stories detailing their eventual win of the Feral Hog Cook-off. That night the Hog queen will be crowned and the fun ensues for yet another 24 hours, to include a comedic parade, an onslaught of free wild hogmeat, amazing music coming from every pore of the little town, vendors selling all sorts of East Texas pride, and the outpouring of visitors who are experiencing it all for the first time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Ben Wheeler’s Hog Festival.
People ask me what it’s like. Some would giggle and scoff, but once you get there, you see what a feast it is. It is a feast for all the senses. Those who take part in the parade design floats that prove their devotion to the small town through unique pig inspired moving creations, the smell of the smoked meats and campfires, the taste of the homemade sweets from the local Scouting troop, the music resonating through your body and the feel of that cool October breeze bringing it all to you on a silver platter wake every sense that you have. You find yourself falling in love with a small town that would otherwise never have been on your radar.
That’s when you step inside a place like the Forge. It’s been dubbed “Our Cheers.” If your old enough to remember that show, then you know what I’m talking about. There is something about walking into a small bar and feeling like you immediately belong. When you get there, that’s when you know that this is a place you’ll come back to. The locals will tell you their tales and tell you about the great shoppes. You’ll probably even get to meet a few of the shop owners. It will then become clear to you, why we love this place. It has a heart and soul and when you walk in, you immediately become a part of it.
This little town was forgotten for a long time and now it’s thriving with life again. The Hog Fest is not only a “small town festival,” it’s a small town revival. There is no shortage of food, music or fun that weekend or any weekend for that matter. So if you want to see what it feels like to really be a part of a community, come down that for the festival. You might just end up loving it here.
Schedule for Hog Fest Weekend at the Forge
Friday Night, Oct 25
Saturday, Oct 26-
HOG FEST MUSIC at THE FORGE Hog Pen:
$7 advance tickets through outhousetickets.com or $10 Door
• 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. CRAIG WALLACE
• 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. HEATHER LITTLE & MATT BRADSHAW
• 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. CHASE & NEW SOUTH
• 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. JEFF ALLEN BAND
Cold Beer? Check!
Watermelon? Check! Coleslaw? Check!
A fantastic time? CHECK!
We have so many things planned for the Labor Day weekend you won’t know which day to come down, so just plan on being here for all of them!
Thursday, Aug 29th- The Scrips will help you get ready to enjoy a Labor Day weekend, with cold drinks and hot music.
Friday, Aug 30- Ben Lowry and Wes Hendrix will be setting your weekend off right with their bluesy guitars and incredible talent!
Saturday, Aug 31st- Matt Bradshaw & Heather Little will croon all night celebrating the extra long party weekend. BBQ will of course be on the menu! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen!
Sunday, Sept 1st- We will have our customary breakfast food specials enhanced by our lovely Mimosas and Bloody Marys. HAPPY HOUR will be in effect all day! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen, along with fun activities for the kids. Our famous FOOD WAR will rage on with the BATTLE OF THE BEST COLESLAW KID! 1:00pm, bring your best slaw…if you dare!
Monday, Sept 2nd- WE WILL BE OPEN! HAPPY HOUR ALL DAY! Volleyball, horseshoes and other outdoor fun will be set up out in the hog pen, along with fun activities for the kids.
The Forge is a bar and grill nestled within an old blacksmith shop, this unique bar and grill houses a handcrafted rustic cedar bar and highlights an antique blacksmith’s forge, for which it gets its name within the dining room of the quaint eatery.
Featuring a delicious menu of simple, yet flavor-filled food, The Forge holds a fondness for Texas singer/songwriters and hosts live acoustic music most Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights. Some of its regularly-featured-talent include local favorites: blacktop GYPSY, Wesley Pruitt, Heather Little, Ben Lowery & Craig Wallace
Acoustic Music • 7 p.m. No Cover 903.833.5970
Interested in playing at The Forge? Contact Joanne Lowery at: 903.245.1309 or email: email@example.com
Every Saturday, 3-6 p.m. Bluesman, Craig Wallace performs!
The Forge Acoustic Music
All music starts @ 7 p.m. • No Cover •903.833.5970
12/6 Jimmy Bailey
12/7 Taylor Heard
12/8 Matt Bradshaw & Heather Little
12/13 Tyler Joiner & Katie Brooks
12/14 Meredith Crawford
12/15 Travis Bolt
12/21 Heather Little & Matt Bradshaw
12/27 Patrick James Freden
12/28 Stan Lawhon
12/29 Ben Lowery & Wes Hendrix
12/31 Ann Armstrong & Steve Hughes