The Commerce Journal

Local News

September 24, 2013

Local talent showcased at upcoming Bois D’ Arc Bash

COMMERCE — The Commerce Chamber of Commerce 28th Annual Bois D’ Arc Bash is shaping up to be one of the best venues for local talent, according to Chamber Executive Director Doug Rohrabaugh.

The Bois D’ Arc Bash is slated for Sept. 27 and 28, with live music, food and more than 100 vendors to browse through in downtown Commerce.

Rohrabaugh said this year the chamber tried to keep the musical talent as local as possible to showcase what northeast Texas has to offer.

“We’re staying local, with a lot of bands coming from Paris and Sherman,” he said. “We’re excited about them.”

Panimation will kick the event off at 5 p.m. on Sept. 27, playing until 6 p.m., followed by the Bodarks, who take contemporary songs and use instruments such as a fiddle, banjo and a washboard to recreate them.

With a name like Bodarks, Rohrabaugh said it’s a good reason why they were selected by 95.3 as one of the Shiner Rising Star contenders for 2013.

A returning favorite will close out the first night. The Backroads band, who have played multiple times at the Kilted Monkey, will play from 8:30-11 p.m.

“They play a good mix for a large crowd,” he said.

The legislative drummer Senator Bob Deuell will bring his talented Bois D’ Arc Dixie Land Band to perform on Saturday, followed by the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lions Dance Team from 12:15 to 1 p.m.

The Blandelles will then take the stage from 1-2 p.m., and solo artist Shawn Michaels will entertain the crowd from 2:15-3 p.m.

In their 20th year performing at the bash, the Li-Sher Dance Studio team will take the stage from 3-3:45, something Rohrabaugh said he is looking forward to.

“I’m excited about that because hopefully I well get to see my daughter dance,” he said.

From 4 to 4:30 p.m. the winners of the Commerce Rotary Club Idols will showcase their talents.

After a short break, the Crosstrails band will entertain the crowd from 5-6 p.m.

Following their performance, local group Outta Hand has the stage from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

“Really glad to have them here,” Rohrabaugh said. “Brad Davis told me about them and they’re great.”

Coming from Paris, the Tambourine Machine will play from 8 to 9 p.m.

And closing out the bash is the Blue Twenty2s from 9:30-11.

“I’m really excited about these guys,” he said. “They are a walking jukebox. You name it, they’ll play it. The music is going to be great this year.”

Along with being entertained musically, attendees can sign up for a golf tournament at Sand Hills Country Club which takes place on Sept. 27.

Registration is $65 per person, or $390 per six person team for the Florida Scrambler tournament.

Tee times are 7:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the Commerce Leadership Institute.

Another competition to enter in is the Bois D’ Arc Bash 5k on Sept. 28 at 8 a.m.

Preregistration is $25 per person and $35 the day of the event. The cost includes a t-shirt and goody bag.

“The Morris Recreation Center helps us out tremendously with that,” he said.

There will be a wine tasting event from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 27, hosted by the International Wine and Food Society.

Patrons can get their fill of barbecue on Sept. 27 as the Commerce Leadership Institute will host a dinner from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Crosstrails Cowboy Church will bring their robotic bull for people to enjoy, and the Commerce Kiwanis Club will have their train rides for children.

The Commerce American Legion Post 1 will also be raffling off tickets for their smoker at the bash, the Rotary Club will have their blood donation bus throughout the event, and the Commerce Lions Club will have their white cane day to collect money for the blind on the corner of Live Oak and Bois D’ Arc streets.

The annual parade returns once again with line up at the Farmers Market Sept. 28 at 9 a.m. and the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

Also on Sept. 28 is the Bois D’ Arc pageant, which will be held inside the First Baptist Church at noon.

Rohrabaugh said the bash wouldn’t be successful without the help of the community.

“We have great sponsors this year,” he said. “This year wouldn’t be possible without our community, especially our chamber members.”

Bash t-shirts will be on sale for $12 at the event.

For more information on the event, or to register for the golf tournament or 5k, visit the chamber’s bash website at

Text Only
Local News
  • A&M-Commerce announces guaranteed tuition plan

    Texas A&M University-Commerce will roll out a new guaranteed tuition plan called [in]tuition beginning in the fall semester of 2014. [in]tuition guarantees all students a set rate on tuition and mandatory fees for two or four years, depending on their classification.

    July 20, 2014

  • Muralupdate1.jpg Organizations come together to beautify Commerce

    Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Texas A&M University-Commerce and the City of Commerce have partnered to bring a new “Vintage” mural to Commerce, highlighting the city’s and iconic brand’s longstanding relationship and heritage.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canadian tour bus accident leaves one dead, 50 injured

    A teenage girl died and more than 50 people were injured when a Canadian tour bus skidded off Interstate 87, broke through a median guard rail and rolled on its side down a steep embankment in northeastern New York.

    July 19, 2014

  • Council approves members, passes glass bottle ordinance

    The Commerce Parks and Recreation Board is now fully staffed, following the approval of three members by the Commerce City Council.

    July 18, 2014

  • Dan_Flynn.jpg State lawmaker intends to re-file 10 Commandments legislation

    The Texas Department of Transportation initiated a fierce debate earlier this year after informing a Texas woman that she could no longer display a sign featuring the 10 Commandments.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Gomery Michigan ex-prosecutor arrested in murder-for-hire plot

    A former Michigan prosecutor was charged Monday with soliciting a hitman to murder the attorney who represented a business partner in a contentious fraud and malpractice lawsuit over the ownership of a golf course.

    July 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • School tax rate increases

    Low property values and a decrease in enrollment caused a slight tax increase for Commerce Independent School District, according to Finance Director John Walker.

    July 14, 2014

  • g258000000000000000c4985ae14aba1b54c02044ccfe867384c3b14f48.jpg Airman laid to rest back home in Indiana six decades after death

    Unchecked tears rolled down Paul Martin’s lined face as he clutched the hand of an Air Force servicewoman who handed him a handwritten note at the graveside service for his older brother.

    July 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meet new pastor Dr. Gregory Neal, enjoy FUMC Commerce ‘Jeopardy’

    “What is a fun way to meet the new pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Commerce?”

    July 11, 2014

  • Hospital to open next spring

    Hospital officials and local politicians were in Commerce last week to mark the ground breaking of Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce, an approximately $5 million facility that will be located on Highway 24 between Whitley Residence Hall and the President’s House.

    July 9, 2014

Featured Ads


How many games do you think the Lions will win in 2014?

7-9 wins
4-6 wins
1-3 wins
     View Results
Must Read
AP Video
Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide