An extended weekend of festive traditions kicks off Thursday morning with the annual Pilgrim’s Turkey Trot.
A fundraiser for the Nacogdoches Area United Way, the 5K fun run and Kids K will be held rain or shine. Thursday’s forecast calls for rain, but coordinators are hoping it moves through the area before the race begins.
Pilgrim’s is the presenting sponsor for the Turkey Trot, which raises money for the local United Way through 5K entry fees.
“It’s not just for the ‘go get ‘em’ runners, but also walkers,” said United Way executive vice president Caroline Garner. “We have a lot of families come out and enjoy the stroll. It’s a very scenic route and we make it fun and festive.”
Last minute sign-ups are available at Pecan Park, 826 E. Starr Ave, Thursday morning.
“They can register up until the time the race starts,” race director Kinnie Reina says.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the 5K will be timed with awards in each age category. Awards will also be presented for best Thanksgiving-themed costumes. Entry is free for the first 100 children entering the 8 a.m. Kids K. For more information, visit unitedwaynac.com.
Loblolly Model Trains
Opening to the public on Friday, this year’s Loblolly Model Train Display will be the largest to date, with an estimated 175 square feet of automated trains, vintage buildings and models at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.
Coordinated by model railroad enthusiast George Ellis, the O-scale layout this year will include an operating lumberyard reminiscent of the early ones in Nacogdoches County. Much of the models and scenery depict Nacogdoches businesses and landmarks, with more added each year.
Beginning this Friday, the display will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays until the final day Dec. 11 at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot. Admission is free. For more information about the display, visit nactx.us/historicsites or call 936-560-4441.
Twenty-two downtown locations are competing this year for the title of best wassail, as Wassail Fest unfolds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Each location boasts a different recipe for the hot mulled cider beverage, and each will be offering samples to visitors in hopes of securing the most votes in for the People’s Choice Award, claimed last year by Stone House Kitchen. The first place award went to Pemberley’s at Jones House. Both will be competing again this year.
Participating locations also include June August Boutique, Rhinestone Rifles, Brick Street Antiques, House of Traditions, Balcony Boutique, Decades Downtown, Elegant Envy Esthetics, Wild Bleu Boutique, Merle Norman & Chic Boutique, Fredonia Vintage House, Dirty Dog Grooming, Rusty Spur, Stretch ER, Nacogdoches Cigar Co., Boujie on a Budget, Texas Size Bling, House of Photography, Spring & Prince, Monograms on Main and the Farmers Market.
Maps and ballots for Wassail Fest will be available at the Bright Visitors Center, 200 E. Main St.