Chicken and Bread Days

October 4, 2014

Even though Bowie’s checkered history includes some of America’s most wanted outlaws, Bowie is also home to some dashingly successful achievers. The Chicken and Bread Days Heritage Festival, held the first weekend in October, gets its name from a group of young entrepreneurs. This includes Amon G. Carter and Mose Johnson, who got their start selling chicken and bread to train passengers passing through Bowie – an early 1900s version of the fast food restaurant.  There, standing in the depot and alongside train windows, were the “Chicken and Bread Boys.”  Each carried hampers brimming with delicious fried chicken, warm loaves of fresh baked bread or tasty biscuits.  Travelers eagerly searched their pockets and purses for money.  At 10 cents a serving, why not?

Today’s celebration buzzes with activity.  Entertainment includes singers, dancers and one of the best fiddlers contest in the North Texas area.  Antique cars, vendors and activity booths line downtown streets, while area artists and quilters exhibit their creations.

For more information contact:

Main Street Bowie
Shannon Skiles
940-872-6246
Email: sskiles@cityofbowietx.com
Website: www.cityofbowietx.com