The oldest continuously celebrated pioneer event in the Lone Star State is being readied for the 136th time as the Doan’s May Picnic in Wilbarger County kicks off on May 4.
On the first Saturday of May each year, hundreds of guests gather to celebrate an event dating back to 1884 when settlers of Doan’s gathered for lunch along the Red River for the very first time. If making plans to attend this year’s event, make sure to arrive by 11 a.m. to catch all the activities.
The small community lies just north of Vernon close to the intersection of Farm-to-Market 2916 and FM 924. It is named for the Doan family who settled the land in 1878, including Jonathan, his brother Calvin and nephew Corwin.
They had left their home in Ohio and headed for unsettled territory, paving the way for future settlers. Corwin Doan’s adobe home was built in 1881 near Doan’s Crossing.
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