Contratulations to Lisa Wolf of Forestburg. She is the winner of the Jim Bowie Days 50th Anniversary Quilt. The quilt was made by the Montague County Community Quilters and generously sponsored by the Sunset Quilt Retreat. For more information on the makeing of this beautiful quilt, checkout the article in the June 2016 issue of North Texas Farm & Ranch Magazine.

Jim Bowie Days Association is seeking participants for the June 25th Parade to kick off the 50th Annual Celebration See the Flyier

Come join us for the fun!

There is something for everyone.

From Pelham Park to downtown Bowie, the fun and excitement of Jim Bowie Days fills our community with the Western spirit. Put on your cowboy hat and boots and get involved. Some of the events include a bass tournament out at Lake Amon Carter, a frog jumping contest, a quilt show, Indian artifact show, downtown parade, mutton bustin, a Rodeo Queen Contest, food, music and, of course, every night there is some type of rodeo event. Then finally ending the week with rodeo dance at the Bowie Community Center featuring Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.

After the rodeo on Saturday Night, join us for the Rodeo Dance in the Bowie Community Center. Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will be performing. Call 940-531-0491 to get your tickets ($8) or table ($100) now!


Dairy Queen, Dos Chilies, Mayfield Welding, AlternaTex Solutions, Southern Comfort Foods, Wise Electric


American Hat, Bowie Butane, Capital Farm Credit, Sanger Bank, STRC Oil Field Technology, Sue Swint Realty
Wellington State Bank, Whites Magneto, EOG, Lipscomb’s, Wade’s Fence Company, The Ranch Rodeo


A OK Septic, Bounce Around Texas, Dynasty Door, H&R Block, Hilltop Tire, MD Richardson, The Shopper, A Plus Signs, A to Z Designs, Berend Brothers
Bowie Equine Hydro Therapy, Bowie Family Dentistry, Bowie Liquor, Bowie Livestock, Silver Bullet Computers, Bowie Storage, Brookshires, Bud Light
Double X Equine, Edward Jones, Extreme Electric, Golden Chick, Hodges Auto, Legend Bank, Miller Light, Mortgage Financial, Murphy USA, My Oasis
Prime Cut, Roll Off Solutions, Roth Fertilizer, RT Performance Horse, Shillingburg Construction, Star Travel Center, Sunset Retreat
Tractor Supply, Wairika Livestock, Woods Mobile Services

Our current Miss Jim Bowie Days Rodeo is Raney Overton. Raney is the 20 year old daughter of Gary Don and Mechelle Overton. She has two younger siblings Ragen and River Overton. She is currently attending Angelo State University where she is a senior majoring Animal Science with a minor in Communication. She will graduate with her bachelor’s degree this coming May. During her rein as Miss Jim Bowie Days Raney has helped sell programs for the Wichita Falls Ranch Rodeo. She has attended numerous other rodeos including the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo parade and grand entry. She has also helped with the first annual Jim Bowie Days Team Roping Event. She will also help with the barrel race June 19th. She has enjoyed her time as the Miss Jim Bowie Days Rodeo Queen and thanks the City of Bowie, the Committee, Sondra Nored, and Stacie Widder for allowing her to have such an amazing experience.

Our current Jim Bowie Days Junior Rodeo Queen is Kendal Wolf. Kendal is 12 years old and a 7th grader at Forestburg School District. She is the daughter of Danny Wolf of Gainesville and Lisa Wolf of Montague. Kendal enjoyed participating in many area events, grand entries and parades during her reign as 2015 Junior Queen. Nocona Mardi Gras Parade, The Bowie Christmas Parade and The Fort Worth Stock Show Parade were some of the highlights of her year. The Bowie Rodeo sponsors, co-coordinators’ and staff have been outstanding role models for queen contestants and also for the reigning queens. They have shown the true spirit of rodeo. Kendal is honored to be a part of the proud history of Bowie, Texas. Kendal enjoys youth play days, rodeos, barrel racing, trail riding, volley ball, collecting Breyer Horses, participating in many facets of 4-H. She serves as secretary of the Montague County 4-H Horse Club. She is thankful to her parents, grandparents, and special friends for their love and support. Kendal is a member of the Montague County Cowboy Church.

Are you ready for Rodeo?

The Jim Bowie Days Rodeo is one of the largest amateur rodeos in Texas.

Every day from Sunday June 18th through Saturday the 25th, there are rodeo events going one. First on Sunday, there is Open 5D Barrel Race Expos at 11AM and a 5D Race at 3PM. On Tuesday, Youth Rodeo Speed Events. On Wednesday, Youth Rodeo Roping Events, Mutton Bustin on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Amateur Rodeo Events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well.

Grand Marshalls

Grand Marshalls

Find out more about the History of the Grand Marshalls of the Jim Bowie Days Parade!


The Masked Rider

The Masked Rider

Who is that masked man? It is the Texas Tech Masked Rider! He will be riding in the Grand Entry on Saturday Night.


Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Lots going on for the whole family. Come join the fun!


Did you know?

The 50th annual Jim Bowie Days Rodeo, Parade, and Festival were thought of by several area businessmen during an early morning coffee break at the local Bowie drug in 1967. These men wanted to bring folks to Bowie and began exchanging ideas. Along with groups such as the Jim Bowie Saddle Club, who was the driving force behind the rodeo for the event, and the Bowie Chamber of Commerce, it has become one of the most popular festivals in the North Texas area. But, unlike festivals of today, the Jim Bowie Days Festival had literally no money or sponsors. What you see today is the result of small town community, ingenuity and plain ol’ hard work of good hearted and generous volunteers! This handful of businessmen began knocking on doors and talking at every club or group in small cattle town. The result was the first Jim Bowie Days held in 1967 with a festival, parade and rodeo complete with the first Miss Jim Bowie Days being chosen from 18 contestants. The Jim Bowie Days Rodeo Association continues to knock doors in order to carry on the tradition of those first ideas.  Ref: Hill, Shirley., “Best Kept Secret: Jim Bowie Days” Yahoo! Contributor Network, retrieved 2013-02-04

Welcome to Bowie, Texas!

Bowie is a quiet city of 5,500, located in the crossroads of U.S. Highway 287, U.S. Highway 81 and Texas Highway 59, in Southwest Montague County. The local settlers had been in the area since the early 1860’s and when the Fort Worth and Denver Railway was built through the area in 1882, the settlers began to move to the construction camps and businesses appeared in canvas tents. A town site was established on August 15th, 1882 and a post office to be named James Bowie was applied for. Bowie became a market and financial center for farmers and ranchers between Fort Worth and Wichita Falls. According to Texas history, in 1885 it had a population of 1,000; three hotels, a bank, a weekly newspaper, schools, and a number of churches. The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway came to Bowie in 1893, and by 1900 the community had an estimated 2,600 residents. Bowie is now the largest city in Montague County. Ref: David Minor, “BOWIE, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online

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