By Matt Hollis

History buffs, patriots, music lovers, and those seeking some local entertainment are invited to attend this year’s Founders Day celebration in Old River-Winfree. 

Founders Day is being held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Old River Community Building, 4818 FM 565 North, Old River-Winfree.

Old-River Winfree City Secretary Linda Murphy said there will be a live and silent auction where the money is being donated to the Veteran’s Administration Fisher Houses in Houston in memory of Boyce Morris. Morris was the event’s historian for years. He died in March 2018. 

Morris was known for displaying historical artifacts he had discovered in the Old River area. This includes bullets, coins, Texas Navy buttons, old utensils, tools, and even an anchor, which is believed to be from the Cayuga, a ship Morris claimed was the former floating capitol of the Republic of Texas. Morris’ family will continue to show the display in his honor. 

The live auction will start at 1 p.m., and the silent auction will run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free bingo for ages 50 and up will happen from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Murphy said she was exacted to have the Texas Army re-enactors as well as the First Texas Naval Squadron out at the festival. 

“They will bring out real cannons and do demonstrations for us,” she said. “It is very interesting.”

Murphy said another fascinating aspect of this year’s Founders Day was having the  Dulcimer Society of Houston coming out and playing music. 

“They are amazing,” Murphy said. 

Among the exhibitors are artisans who perform tasks the way early settlers did when the country was young. This includes a blacksmith, fiber spinners, and basket weavers. 

A bake off is also scheduled with a cake, pie and other (usually cobbler and cookies) category. There is an adult division for ages 8 and up, and a youth division for ages 7 through 17. There will be first, second and third place ribbons for each division and category. Each division will also have a grand champion. A monetary prize will be awarded for the grand champion, and the first place winner’s in each division and category. Baked items should be turned in between 8 and 10:25 a.m. and judging begins at 10:30 a.m. 

Aside from the Dulcimer Society of Houston, Mark’s Mobile Music will provide musical entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Kids are encouraged to dress in their best American costumes for a Patriotic Dress and Talent Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., after the silent auction.    

The event will also feature many vendors selling foods and crafts. A petting zoo and other activities will be happening as will butter and ice cream making for the kids. 

For more information, call 281-385-1735 or visit and click the ORW Founder’s Day link.  

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