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Bridgeport is a growing community that still has its small-town appeal and rich historical fabric. Several community events are hosted each year by area organizations. Those events are listed below.
Butterfield Stage Days
Sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, Butterfield Stage Days is Bridgeport's largest annual celebration. This event celebrates the toll bridge over the Trinity River built for the Butterfield Stage in 1860. A post office was later established near the bridge, giving birth to Bridgeport. Butterfield Stage Days offers plenty of food and fun for all ages. The event takes place on the second weekend each May.
Butterfield Rodeo & Rodeo Parade
Sponsored by Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, this event takes place on the second weekend in May each year. The PRCA rodeo is an exciting, fun-filled event that should not be missed.
Coal Miner's Heritage Festival
Sponsored by the Bridgeport Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce, this event celebrates the important role of coal mining in Bridgeport for more than 50 years. Join in the celebration on the second Saturday in October in downtown Bridgeport. Festivities include live entertainment, coal mining display, antique tools, blacksmith, arts and crafts, food booths, events, and games for youth.
Halloween Parade & Neighborhood Trick-or-Treating
Sponsored by the city, a children's costume parade is held downtown by the Mayor. The children visit the doorsteps of each of the downtown merchants to receive goodies and show off their costumes. On Halloween night, there is also a neighborhood trick-or-treating event sponsored by the Bridgeport Police Department. Bounce houses, safe goodies, games, and events are available for children.
Wise County Toy Run
On the first Sunday in December in Harwood Park, the Wise County Toy Run gathers gifts for the needy children in Wise County. Usually, a motorcycle rally from Decatur to Bridgeport is included in the event.
Sponsored by the Downtown Bridgeport Association and the Bridgeport Main Street Program, the parade takes place on the second Saturday in December in downtown Bridgeport. Entries are open to the public!