KRUM — City officials are inviting area residents to celebrate the city’s founding with live music, food and activities for all ages during the annual Celebrate Krum event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m Saturday.
Scheduled events include face painting, cow patty bingo and a performance from North Texas-based bluegrass band Fullhouse.
Also featured will be performances from country singers Wade Hawthorne, the Bo Carver Band, a gunfight re-enactment, an inflatable slide, bounce house and a cow milking contest.
The city will block off some roads on the day of the event, closing FM1173, FM156 and Second Street in the downtown area.
Krum resident Milton Donn said he’s looking forward to taking part. He said he’s lived in the area for about six months and that he always looks forward to local events.
“I’m not sure what to expect, but it seems like it will be fun,” he said. “It looks like there’s something for everyone.”
Donn, who said he’s more interested in the live music, said he may invite his two nieces to attend.
“They’re 6 and 9,” he said. “They’re the perfect ages for an event like this.”
Donn added that the event encourages residents to learn more about the history of the town in which they reside.
Celebrate Krum is held to celebrate the city’s founding, which occurred in 1886, according to the Krum Heritage Museum. The event is fitting for Krum, whose motto is, “Building a bright future on a proud past.”
The city was created and built around a Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad station. According to railroad records and the Heritage Museum, Krum was named for Charles K. Krum, a railroad official.
As of Monday, the city has spent more than $7,540 related to the Celebrate Krum event. Krum Police Chief Dennis Bassinger and Fire Chief Ken Swindle said they both expect a big turnout this weekend, and they encouraged everyone planning to attend to keep safety in mind. They expect residents to flood the streets all day Saturday.
“There will be a lot of people out, and if you’re not careful, accidents can happen,” Swindle said during a recent City Council meeting. “We’ve been working on a plan to make sure everything goes OK.”
Bassinger said he expects that many residents will decide to explore downtown and that it will be important to control traffic.
Celebrate Krum is free to the public. For more information, call 940-482-3491 or visit www.ci.krum.tx.us for a schedule of events.
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @JDHarden.