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April 26, 2014

Downtown festival goes smoothly

Corsicana — Derrick Days had a lighter tone this year, partly because the festival vendors were more spread out, and because temperatures stayed moderate beneath partly cloudy skies.

It was the pleasant weather that kept crowds downtown longer, said Police Chief Randy Bratton.

There were few security problems this year, but the area was well-patrolled also with officers on bikes, in ATVs and on foot. Altercations reported at two Friday night event venues resulted in one person transported to Navarro Regional Hospital by ambulance, a second was reported to have refused treatement.

Last year's Derrick Days festival was pretty much concentrated between Third and Sixth avenues in downtown, but this year booths and activities were spread from First to Seventh avenues, explained Fran Townes, Derrick Days committee chair woman.

The Chili Cook-Off went off without a hitch said Andy Williams, organizer.

“It was absolutely wonderful,” he said following the event.

The first place chili winner was Wayne Brooks, who also won second in chili on Friday night. He beat out chili cooks who've been competing for 20 years. This was Brooks' first year to make chili.

“I'm happy,” he said. “We've been working on this recipe for a while.”

The team of Poke 'Em and Smoke 'Em led by Brian Hagar won first place in brisket smoking, and an elated Bobby Cook won first place in beans. Young Robbie McGuire won first place in the junior chili competition for kids.

A full list of the winners and placers in the competitions will be printed in Tuesday's Corsicana Daily Sun.

Kohl's employee Derrick McDade and his wife Serena McDade were volunteer judges for the chili cook-off.

“It was fun,” Derrick said.

“Some of it wasn't very good, but some were excellent,” Serena said.

Vendors reported having good steady sales, and while some would have changed their booth's locations earlier in the day, by the day's end, most were happy with how it turned out.

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