Ben Wheeler Junebug Fest Welcomes Summer


Lisa Rush demonstrates weaving techniques on an outdoor loom at the Junebug Summer Fair in Ben Wheeler. This year’s event is scheduled for June 17-18.

Photo by Tom Geddie

Organizers at The Forge Bar & Grill in Ben Wheeler are gearing up for the 5th Annual Junebug Summer Fair, set for June 17-18. The here-comes-summer festival highlights the work of local artists and musicians while celebrating sustainable living, wineries, and local farmers produce.

The rustic restaurant and music venue is located in a turn-of-the-century blacksmith shop that now features a handcrafted cedar bar and tables to match, along with inviting, comfy booths. Surrounding The Forge is a three-acre park-like property complete with herb gardens, a teepee, and a pavilion where bands take the stage and dancers fill the floor.

It’s a fun place to hang out anytime, but during Junebug weekend, guests have added opportunities. While festival attendees view artist demonstrations, they can actually join in the process. Several live art stations such as a community loom and pottery wheel are popular activities for adults and kids alike. 

A farmers market is scheduled both days to promote local farms and cottage businesses. A forum on sustainable living, small farming, and other gardening topics takes place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. 

Live acoustic music fills the air both days throughout the grounds, and a concert is set for Saturday evening on the main stage. 

Wineries are also scheduled this year, offering wine tastings, food pairings, and wine sales.

Junebug Summer Fair is open Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Forge is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a regular menu that includes gourmet specialty pizzas, veggie wraps, salads, sandwiches, tacos, fish and chips, quesadillas, salmon, burgers, and signature Blue Cheese Chips — plus access to a full bar. For more information, call 903.833.5970 and visit

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