The red, white and blue rodeo welcome buntings are decorating Bowie so it must be time for Jim Bowie Days.
The 56th annual Jim Bowie Days Rodeo and Celebration begins this weekend and runs June 18-25 with a full week of activities for the entire family. Here is a rundown of some of the week’s early events.
Festivities open on June 18 with the Jim Bowie Days Golf Scramble.
The popular bass tournament hits the waters of Lake Amon G. Carter with sign-up starting at 5 a.m. on June 19 at the Selma Park boat ramp. The first cast flies at 6 a.m.

The Jim Bowie Days Parade rolls at 10:30 a.m. on June 25. Entries for the parade are due June 17 and there is no fee to enter.
Prizes will go to the first place winners in the categories of business, equestrian riding club, youth or sports organization and civic/church group. Everyone is invited to ride a horse, decorate their bicycle or create a float.
Margin Latham, longtime resident and community volunteer, will serve as Jim Bowie Days Parade Grand Marshal. A Bowie native, she is the daughter of Col. Oran C. and Nell Stovall. Her “pop” served in World War II and during his army career the family lived away from Bowie before returning to when Margin was a sophomore in high school.
She graduated from Texas Woman’s University as a dietetic major going to work at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. She married Max Gordon Latham, M.D. and they had a private practice in Sulphur Springs where she was chief dietician at the new hospital and Max went into family practice. After raising their three children Margin became involved in local politics as the first woman elected to the local school board, then planning and zoning, city council and mayor, also the first woman to be elected. She also went on to serve on six state-appointed boards.

Read the full story in the mid-week Bowie News.

UPDATE – The Jim Bowie Bass Tournament has changed its weigh-in time from 2 to 1 p.m.