Bois D’arc Bash to the Future

The Horse Apple is also known as the Osage Orange. Bois D’arc Tree is widely known in Hunt County. The image is public domain.

This weekend marks the thirty-third anniversary of the annual festival celebrating Commerce as the Bois D’arc Capital of Texas! The “Bash to the Future” event celebrates the incredible, sticky, durable Bois D’arc tree. Sections of Bois D’arc trunks support thousands of period homes in and around North Texas. Many pastures are fenced off with the crooked but sturdy post.
The Bois D’arc is a medium-sized tree that can grow up to 40 feet tall. It has a short trunk up to three feet in diameter, with many crooked, interweaving, thorny branches that form a dense, spreading crown. The fruit is known as the Osage Orange, Horse Apple, and Hedge Apple. It is thought to prevent insects from invading a home.
The common name, “bois d’arc” means “bow-wood” in French. Native Americans used the wood for bows and war clubs.
The “Bash” is always held on the 4th weekend in September (close to Commerce’s birthday). The weekend Bash kicks off with a golf tournament on Friday. Then there is a BBQ and music on Friday evening beginning around 5 p.m. On Saturday morning, we start off with a pancake breakfast. Vendors open at 9 a.m. The Bash parade kicks off at 10 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies. Then there’s music and entertainment, food, carnival, kid’s activities, vendors, and fun for all ages! There is a wine tasting from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. and tickets are available from any wine & food society member or at the event. Music will continue until around 10 p.m.–and there’s a dancing area in front of the stage. Come on out and Bash with us!

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