Date set for Old River-Winfree Founders’ Day

Old River-Winfree Founders Day committee ambassadors show off one of the commemorative t-shirts that have been designed for this year’s inaugural festival

OLD RIVER-WINFREE—A full day of fun runs, pageants, car show and even a duck calling contest is planned for this year’s Old River-Winfree Founders’ Day celebration.
Colleen Fontenot, who is heading up the group of volunteers organizing the event said that this will be a way to help build community spirit.
This year’s event will in memory of Wesley Riggs, a Barbers Hill High graduate who was killed in action in Iraq.
The event will be Oct. 18. Fontenot said the day would begin with a 5K and 3K run/walk starting at the Old River Baptist Church and passing through Woodland Acres. The fun run and walk will also benefit the group Wounded Warriors. This organization is dedicated to helped soldiers and the families of soldiers who are wounded in action. The run/ walk will start after the opening ceremonies at 7 a.m.
A Family Fun area will open at 9 a.m. near the community center featuring a washer tournament, petting zoo and children’s games as well as food and craft vendors.
The Little Miss Old River Winfree Pageant, open to girls ages six and under, will be held on the community center patio at 10 a.m. This will be followed by a Dog Parade at 11:30 a.m.
A dessert contest is planned for 12 p.m. Throughout the day there will be an antique car, truck and motorcycle show held. Featured in the car show will be Rigg’s own car. Awards for the top entries will be presented at 2:30 p.m. This will be followed by a duck-calling contest at 3:30 p.m.
At 4:30 p.m. a group of historical reenactors, who will have a camp set up on Trinity River will recreate a 19th river fight.
For more information, including entry forms for the event go online to