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March 5, 2014

Derrick Days Parade theme celebrates heritage

Corsicana — There’s a theme now for the Derrick Days Parade: “Black Gold, Texas T,” and people are being asked to dress themselves or their floats as their favorite oil field character.

The parade is being managed by Raul and Monica Jimenez, who will once again host the pancake breakfast that morning.

“Basically, it’s the same,” Raul said of the parade.

First prize in the parade competition will receive $500, second will get $250, and third will get $100. The prize money is being underwritten by the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce.

The parade will kick off at 9 a.m., with line-up at Ideal Self Storage, 801 N. 13th St., the former Cornerstone Baptist Church. For entry forms or more information, contact Jimenez at (903) 875-5350.

With only about seven weeks until the big festival, plans are already shaping up, according to Derrick Days Committee Chair Fran Townes.

A raffle to benefit the Food Pantry will give away a 50-inch television, with tickets selling for $5, they’ll be available for sale at The Ranch booth downtown.

Sponsors are also stepping up to help in a variety of ways. The Oil Baron’s Ball, which raises money to pay for things like security and portable toilets for the festival, has been underwritten by Guardian Glass, Navarro Regional Hospital, and Double Trouble Duds, while several other sponsors have adopted the Wednesday hot dog luncheon and supper.

For years, Derrick Days started off the Wednesday before with a hot dog luncheon in Pocket Park in downtown Corsicana. It’s now been expanded with a second serving in the evening with a hot dog supper for people who can’t get away during the daytime.

Custom T’s is helping sponsor the event, along with the Beaton Meat Market, which has donated 1,000 wieners, Brookshire’s which is pitching in 1,200 bags of chips, and Dr Pepper, which is donating the soft drinks, Townes said.

The Jimenezes intend to once again host a pancake breakfast the morning of Derrick Days, although last year they served less than a handful of people. However, when they turned the pancake booth into a taco stand later in the morning, things took off well. They made about $300 from tacos, Monica Jimenez said.

“Last year, we gave it to the Navarro College band,” she said.

They intend to do the pancakes and tacos again this year, but the booth will be located on Third Avenue, across from The Remington. They’re unclear which organization will receive any proceeds.

The Oil Baron’s Ball, which has a limited number of tickets, is half sold out, while spots for the chili and barbecue cook-off have been sold out for more than a month. Derrick Days will take place April 26 in downtown Corsicana.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “soundoff” to this article? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

 

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