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2014hogfestat-a-glancefunBen Wheeler Arts & Historic District Foundation (BWA & HDF) is gearing up for its town to host the 7th Annual Fall Feral Hog Festival, World Championship Wild Hog Cook Off, Fall Feral Follies and Hog Queen Coronation, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 – 25.

 Since 2008, BWA & HDF a non-profit, 501 c (3) organization has been putting on the Fall Feral Hog Festival, which includes a morning parade, an afternoon cook-off, music all over town and a follies show the night prior to the festival.

During the Fall Feral Follies, Hog Queen contestants compete for the crown—a chance to reign as the official Fall Feral Hog Festival Queen for a year. Since anyone age 18 and older can compete, last year, Mr. Ruston Frazier stole the crown from the ladies after he brought the house down with his rendition of Tom Jones’ 1971 hit, “She’s a Lady.” The “Queen” represents the prospering town of Ben Wheeler throughout the year during all of its main events.

This year’s fun kicks off with The Fall Feral Follies and Hog Queen Coronation set for Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at Moore’s Store (located at 1551 FM 279, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754) with musical guests Clay Thrash & Jeff Allen.  The Master of Ceremonies for the 2014 Follies is Mr. Joseph Drew. The fun ends at midnight and there’s a $10 cover.

The Forge Bar & Grill (located at 1610 FM 279, Ben Wheeler, TX 75754) also hosts hog-wild, folly fun Oct. 24, featuring music by Guthrie Kennard and Julie Bonk from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. with no cover.

The Parade, Festivaland Cook-Off take place Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music on the Pickin’ Porch, The Forge and The Forge Grist Mill (the outdoor beer garden adjacent to The Forge) throughout the day from favorite local and regional bands.

The music lineup for the Oct. 25, festival includes:

Pickin’ Porch (no cover)

11:00 a.m. to Noon Ben Lowery & Texas Express

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Texas RoundUp

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Kid Icarus Project

The Forge Bar & Grill

3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Craig Wallace

The Forge Grist Mill

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award Winning Artist – Ginny Mac

8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wesley Pruitt Band

10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Charlie Robison

($15 advance tickets at or $20 door)

Moore’s Store

9:00 p.m. to Midnight Ben Lowery & Texas Express (no cover)