Texas Highway 01

The cover photo of the Texas Highways article on the Northeast Rail Trail, taken by writer/photographer Laurence Parent, shows the Chaparral Trail section of the trail near Roxton, Bryan Hargis pedals across an 1880s railroad bridge that spans Cane Creek.

With a 100 percent chance of showers and widespread thunderstorms looming in the National Weather Service forecast for Saturday, there have been cancellations of many planned events in Paris and surrounding communities.

However, some will continue as planned including Paris Wine Fest in downtown Paris and Lydia’s Miracle Ride hosted by Bonham Biker Church and South Main Iron.

Most events planned for opening day of the Northeast Texas Trail have been postponed as well as a camping trip for local Boy Scouts and an Easter egg hunt at East Paris Baptist Church.

“We hated to do it, but there’s a 100 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms most of the afternoon,” Northeast Texas Trail board member Pat Cochran said.

Trail de Paris cancellations include a yoga session and the Paris Trail Fest Family Bike Ride. A Paris bird and nature walk with Master Naturalist Nancee Salzman is still scheduled at 8 a.m. but if there is a heavy downpour or lightning it will be canceled.

Reno’s Fairies in the Forest has been canceled, but will be rescheduled.

In Roxton, the Chaparral Rail to Trails Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., Cochran said.

Blossom’s Zombie Fun Run remains scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. but the run will be delayed if there’s heavy rain or lightning, Cochran said.

East Paris Church Family and Youth Director Casey Martin said staff has been afraid all week that weather would cause the cancellation of the annual event.

“We made the decision this morning after learning of the forecast,” he said.

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