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12 - 3 Craig Wallace Forge Indoors
3 - 4 Drake Moores Porch
4 - 6 Beyond the Pale Forge Porch

5 - 6 BAR STOOL RACES!!! All around town

6 -7:30 Stefan Cotter & the Rastabillys Forge Grist Mill
7-8:30 Steve Carpenter Moores Stage
8 - 9:30 Kid Icarus Project Forge Grist Mill
9 - 12 Chris Colston Moores Stage
10 - 11:30 Derryl Dodd Forge Grist Mill

Ben Wheeler Motorized Barstool Racing Rules 2015

Annual Motorized Barstool Adoption Guidelins 2015 

Upcoming Events in Ben Wheeler Print E-mail

Ben Creative Art Center is Hosting it's first Art Show with Deborah Wood

Saturday, March 14th - 6 to 9:30 pm at the Ben Wheeler Library. Please come out to enjoy the wonderful photography of Deborah Wood, live music, light fare, and libations.


Saint Patty's Day Celebration & Bar Stool Racing Extravaganza! 

Saturday, March 21st - 2pm to close: Moore's and The Forge re-ignight Barstool racing! All day long there will be an enourmous amount of entertainment and tomfoolery going on!  There will be fire-breathers and live music all day. Races will start at 5. Purchase tickets online to save BIG! 

12 – 3 Craig Wallace Forge Indoors
3 – 4 Drake Moores Porch
4 – 6 Beyond the Pale Forge Porch
5 – 6 BAR STOOL RACES!!! All around town
6 -7:30 Stefan Cotter & the Rastabillys Forge Grist Mill
7-8:30 Steve Carpenter Moores Stage
8 – 9:30 Kid Icarus Project Forge Grist Mill
9 – 12 Chris Colston Moores Stage
10 – 11:30 Derryl Dodd Forge Grist Mill

Cruise Nights in Ben Wheeler! 

Thursday, March 26:  Moore's hosts it's first of several Cruise Nights in Ben Wheeler! Bring your ride on down and swap stories outside the shops or just come to browse these antique beauties and then enjoy the evening shopping or at one of our local eateries!


Easter In Ben Wheeler

Saturday, April 4th: Come on down to Ben Wheeler to celebrate Easter with your community and then stop in at the library for a few free books!


Battle of the Bands

Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12: The Auditions for the Brooks Gremmels Concert Series begins with two days of musical competition at the Forge Pavillion. The finale will be held the following weekend.  To apply for the audition go to


Finale to the Battle of the Bands

Saturday, April 18: Fiind out who the winner of our finale is at Moore's Store! Cheer your favorites on as they compete to win some amazing prizes including studio time and guaranteed shows with some major headliners! 


Earth Day at the BCAC

Sunday, April 19- 3:30: Take the kids and yourself down to the Ben Creative Art Center to go on a recycling art adventure! Go on a trash pick-up throughout town and then return to the art center to make amazing art out of your treasures! It's a win-win!


Cruise Night In Ben Wheeler

Thursday, April 23: Set your car to Cruise and come on down to BW! Sponsored by Moore's Store


Easter In Ben Wheeler

Saturday, April 4th: Come on down to Ben Wheeler to celebrate Easter with your community and then stop in at the library for a few free books!


Grand Opening and Art Show at the BCAC

Saturday, May 2nd- 5:00pm: The Ben Creative Art Center presents the artwork of Kerian Massey. A local artist who paints whimsical objects of fun and desire, she is a deep part of the community as well. The open house will have live music, light fare, and libations.


Jeff Allen Hometown Throwdown Weekend Celebration

Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16: Friday night will be alright for sighting Clay Thrash rocking it out on the Moore's Store Stage. Saturday night Kimberly Kelly opens for Jeff Allen and his posse. These are the nights that make Ben Wheeler the place to be.


Community Crawfish Boil

 Saturday, May 16: Come out and support our local fire department and get filled up with some mudbugs and some fixins! Time TBD


Gum Creek Spring Fling!

Saturday, May 16: Gum Creek celebrates our first year open with 35% off the entire store! 


Cruise Night In Ben Wheeler

Thursday, May 28: One of the most beautiful times of year to cruise on down to BW! Sponsored by Moore's Store


Junebug Music and Art Festival

Friday, June 19 & Saturday, June 20: Every year it gets bigger and the headliners do too! Come on out for two epic evenings of music and art. There will be nothing else like it in East Texas! for more info go to closer to the event date!


Community Mural and Paint Party at the BCAC

Sunday, June 21: The Ben Creative Art Center will be decorating the side of thier center as any artsy people would, WITH A PARTY!!!! Come on down and grab a brush, this one is gonna be epic.


Cruise Night In Ben Wheeler

Thursday, June 25: "Re-Coupe" with us after a fun weekend with a relaxing night of cool cars and good people! Sponsored by Moore's Store


4th of July in the Park

Saturday, July 4th: Join us for another AH-mazing eveing of entertainment and fireworks galore in memory of Brooks Gremmel and our nation's Independence! 


Cruise Night In Ben Wheeler

Cool down with some cool cars! Sponsored by Moore's Store

Thursday, July 23 ♦ Thurdsay, August 27 ♠ Thurdsay, September 24

Feral Hog Follies and Festival

Friday, Oct 23 & Saturday, Oct 24: More fun and live music than you can shake a stick at! This ain't yer grandmaw's festival! There will be Hog Queens and Kings, cooking till the wee hours of night for our Wild Hog Cook-Off, Hog Calling, Street Food, Parades and  all sorts of fun happeneing everywhere your eyes look! Don't let this year pass you by without going to see what all the hub-bub is about! You'll be glad you did! 












Battle of the Bands, Sign up now! Print E-mail

Have you wanted to play at Moore's Store or The Forge, 
record at a studio, get tons of free music gear,
open for big name acts and have your name on a concert shirt?
Enter your band now for a shot at winning
$1,000 Scholarship (must be a student)

Grand Prize:
Guaranteed Performance @ JuneBug Music Festival

Opening for a Heavyweight Headliner @ Moore's Store

FREE Recording time at GoodShed Studio
$100 worth of D'Addario Products from RNA Music

Complete and submit the form below to enter your band. Contestants will be chosen and notified the following Monday, April 6th, if they are selected to compete. Please give us some way to hear your music through a web link, sound file, or CD. Band entries may also be hand delivered to Moore's Store OR The Forge in downtown Ben Wheeler before the deadline. Please include the same required information as below with hand delivered submissions, and have any recorded material clearly labeled with contact information.

WHEN: APRIL 11 & 12, 2015 @ 2:00PM
WHERE: The Pavilion behind The Forge
ADDRESS: 1610 FM 279 Ben Wheeler, TX 75754
PHONE: 903.833.5970
Deadline for Entries: APRIL 1st

Enter Battle of the Bands Here!

Here’s How the Competition Works

Each band will be given a TWENTY MINUTE SET. It’s your time, utilize it however you feel will best exhibit your performance skill and musical abilities. There is no minimum requirement or maximum limit on the number of songs you play in your allotted time. Bands will be given a five minute warning signal from the sound guy. At the 20 minute mark they will be allowed to complete the song they are playing, but will not be allowed to start another. So, timing your intended set might not be a bad idea. No points will be deducted for completing your set early or for exceeding the twenty minutes by finishing the last song.
Three judges will be introduced at the beginning of the event. Bands will be scored on a 1 to 10 point scale in each of the following categories by all three judges on separate scorecards. “1” means the area needs significant improvement and “10” means they showed professional quality ready for the Junebug Music Festival. All three scorecards will be totaled for band’s final score. The three Bands with the highest accumulated scores will advance to finals at Moore's Store the following Saturday, April 18.

Scoring Categories:
Tuning: Intonation as a group, awareness of intended key.

Voice: Quality, Strength, Dynamic Range (loud and soft), and Tonal Range (high to low)

Phrasing: Starts and Stops (as a group), Tempo (is the beat consistent), Articulation (instruments and vocals)

Stage Presence: Expression, Body Language, Confidence, Did they remember their parts, clearly delivered without hesitation?

Audience: Entertainment Value (overall performance), How Captivating was it, Audience Reaction (applause & cheers, attentiveness)

Song Selection: How well did the song(s) exhibit the band’s performance skill and musical abilities?

BONUS POINTS: Bands will be given the opportunity to earn an additional TEN POINTS by creating a Facebook Event page to promote the event and encourage their friends, family, and fans to attend. You must name The Forge as the event location. You must also provide the date, and time. Create the page before the event, you get the points, that simple. The band with the most people to “Join” on that event page by 2:00PM the day of the event will get to pick their spot in the performance schedule. The remaining order will be determined by drawing names from a hat by an event staff member on the stage. The number that “Join” your event page will not affect the bonus points. If you make the page, you get the points.

CONTEST RESULTS: Judges’ scorecards will be collected after each band’s performance. The points will be totaled on each scorecard and all three scorecards will be added together for the band’s final score. The top three bands with highest accumulated points will advance to the Finals at Moore’s Store the following Saturday, APRIL 18.

LOAD OUT: At 8:00PM, the gate will be locked and access to the facilities will be prohibited. The venue is NOT RESPONSIBLE for items left behind. So make sure your things are loaded in a timely fashion.