Barstool Races Return to Ben Wheeler With Joint Activities in Edom
Ben Wheeler’s famous Barstool Races are expanding this year to include a full day of activities and concerts, and participation from their FM 279 sister city, Edom, just eight miles east, for this annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.
Saint P’s 279 Street Party is from noon to midnight Saturday, March 16.
Music takes place on the Ben Wheeler street stage from noon to 4 p.m. with Meredith Crawford, Chris Rasco, Riley Redding, Heather Little, and Craig Wallace.
An art exhibition, “Motor Mayhem,” is on display at Edom Art Emporium and guests are invited to visit other art galleries in Edom including Potter’s Brown and Zeke & Marty. Artworks are also on view in Ben Wheeler at Mona Lisa Portraits and the Sideshow Gallery at The Forge Bar & Grill.
Shoppers will enjoy a variety of stores including Buffalo Clover in Edom and Glitz & Spurs, Mr. B’s Antiques, and Vintage Cork 917 in Ben Wheeler.
Downtown Edom is also featuring a car show and cruise night starts at 5 p.m.
The Barstool Riders Association is presenting the Motorized Barstool Races from 4 to 6 p.m. in downtown Ben Wheeler. Racers can enter in Novelty, Electric, or Gas Engine classes. Races are at 4 p.m. The winner/loser circle is at 5:30 p.m.
Music continues on The Forge Bar & Grill acoustic stage from 6 to 11 p.m. with Andie Kay Joyner and Travis Bolt.
Moore’s Store features music from 6 to 11 p.m. with Max Stalling, Heather Little, and Matt Bradshaw.
In The Forge’s backyard is “Over the Rainbow” from 7 p.m. to midnight with a silent showing of the film, Wizard of Oz, and club/dance music in the pavilion.
A pre-party takes place Friday, March 15 at Edom Art Emporium featuring the “Motor Mayhem” exhibition. They will have live music and guests can see a preview of the motorized barstools racing the next day as well.
The barstool races started in 1978 when a few guys got together at Quiet Man Bar on Knox Street in Dallas. The tradition continued throughout Dallas until 1991 when they did their last metroplex race the Greenville Avenue Saint Patrick’s Day Parade.
Not seen in more than 20 years, the barstools resurfaced in Ben Wheeler in 2012 where they continue the tradition now each year on Saint Patrick’s Day weekend.
For more information on the 2019 Saint P’s 279 Street Party visit theforgebenwheeler.com or call (903) 833-5970.