Bonham Trade Days

Bonham Trade Days

When Texas declared it's Independence from Mexico there came to be built Fort Inglish in the summer of 1837, by a man named Bailey Inglish, providing protection and refuge for travelers and settlers. Fort Inglish was also a natural gathering place for people to buy & trade goods, supplies, hear the latest news and swap stories. When the area became more populated folks from all around the area naturally gathered near the town square on Saturday also to buy, sell and swap stories. Old timers remember their family going to the Bonham square by horse or wagon to pick up supplies by buying, selling, or swapping goods.

In 1976, Fort Inglish was recreated and built at the intersection of what is now Hwy 121 and Hwy 56. near the Sam Rayburn Library, on what was at the time the location of the Fannin County Fairgrounds and the National Guard Armory. In 1978, the Bonham Kiwanis Club started Bonham Trade Days next to where Fort Inglish was recreated earlier in a bicentennial project. The Bonham Kiwanis Trade Days has grown from it's humble start and now has up to 300 vendors for visitors and settlers alike to view, visit, buy goods, supplies and swap stories. In many ways it's just like old times. Bonham residents are also known to hold their garage days on Trade Day weekends which makes it even a bigger community event for everyone.

It takes the Kiwanis Club volunteers about 65 hours monthly to make Trade Days successful and uses the proceeds from Trade Days to provide for many programs. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Kiwanis Club of Bonham donated almost $36,000 to the youth of Bonham and Fannin County. Kiwanis also donates money to the Fort Inglish Society and to the Bonham Senior Citizens Center.

Bonham Trade Days are always held the weekend
following the first Monday of the month. 

 

2014 Bonham Trade Day Schedule

January
9-12
May
8-11
September
4-7
February
6-9
June
5-8
October
9-12
March
6-9
July
10-13
November
6-9
April
10-13
August
7-10
December
4-7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendor Information Space Rental: $20 for weekend Space can be rented for 6 months @ $90

For more information, please call John Burnett at 903-227-4477