By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
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 Boisdarc-bash.com.