5 Things to Know: The Week Ahead in Wise for Saturday, February 16, 2019

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, February 16, 2019
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Presidents Day


Monday is Presidents Day, an American holiday originally created in 1885 to celebrate George Washington’s birthday. It was first celebrated on Feb. 22, Washington’s actual date of birth, but was moved to the third Monday in February as part of the 1971 Uniform Monday Holiday Act. It was at this time that it also became known as Presidents Day.

What this means for you: From a patriotic standpoint, it’s a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents, if you so choose. On the practical side of things, you need to know government offices, post offices and banks are closed. And here’s the biggie: it’s a student holiday for all Wise County schools. Your children will be home. All. Day.

Swap Meet


A Wise County tradition returns for its 43rd year next week: the Decatur Swap Meet.

The annual event sponsored by the Wise County Antique Auto Club is open to the public 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, Feb. 22-24, at the Wise County Fairgrounds on Farm Road 51 South in Decatur.

Admission is free, but you do pay to park.

The swapping’s good, and the people watching is even better.

For more information, go to

Daddy Daughter


A magical night in Paris is planned for the Bridgeport Daddy Daughter Dance next Saturday. The special evening will include dancing, limo rides, photos and refreshments at the Bridgeport Community Center, 1102 Lawdwin Ave.

There are three dance times to meet the needs of all ages: 4:30 to 6 p.m., 6:30 to 8 p.m. and 8:30 to 10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person. You can get yours at Bridgeport City Hall or online at Make it a night to remember with your little girl.

Youth Fair Parade


The Wise County Youth Fair will kick off with a parade next Saturday in downtown Decatur.

It will feature animals, floats from various FFA chapters and 4-H clubs, as well as cowboys, cowgirls and classic cars.

It begins at 10 a.m. and will roll right through the Decatur Square.

Youth Fair contests start Feb. 25 and run through March 2. A preview of all the fun will be in the Feb. 23 edition of the Messenger.

Donkey BBall


If you’re looking for a rootin’ tootin’ good time, make plans to go to back-to-back donkey basketball games this week.

Part comedy show and part athletic event, riders partner with donkeys on the hardwood. Game 1 will be at Chico High School Thursday night, and Game 2 will be at the old Paradise High School gym Friday.

Chico’s event starts with a barbecue dinner at 5 p.m. and tipoff at 6. In Paradise, the doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the game starts at 7. A barbecue sandwich meal will be served prior to game time. Proceeds benefit Chico FFA and the Paradise Band Booster Club.

Now that’s some small-town fun, right there.

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