By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Derrick Days will have some surprises in store this year, including the change in location for the Oil Baron’s Ball. This year it will take place at the former Smith’s General Store, the massive former grocery store near the corner of Commerce and Fifth Avenue.
The property has been purchased and is being refurbished into a Corsicana Opry, but it will also be the site of this year’s ball.
“We’ve had a change in venue which I’m excited about,” said Mary Steely, chair woman of the Oil Baron’s Ball committee.
Other changes for this year include the move of the Biker Bash finish line from downtown to OT’s Sports Bar at Oak Trail Golf Course. The Bash will still include “biker games,” with the Poker Run route out near Cedar Creek Lake, followed by a fish fry.
The Derrick Days Oiltown Minithon is being moved not from its location but from its traditional date. Instead of being run on the morning of Derrick Days, April 26, it will be run the Saturday before that, according to organizer Bryan Hutchins with the Corsicana Lion’s Club.
Having it on Derrick Days meant conflicts with street closures, the parade and other activities.
“That’s just going to extend our week and make things easier,” said Fran Townes, chair woman of the Derrick Days Committee.
The silly games of bed races, high-heel races, arm wrestling and a pizza eating contest are returning, and are being called the Business Olympics in an effort to get teams to compete against one another.
New to the committee are Double Trouble Duds owners Christina Smith and Stephanie Sanders, who are ramrodding the Thursday night wine and cheese stroll through downtown.
The car show will be similar, but the beneficiary this year will be the Animal Shelter. The money will go into a special fund to pay for medical care, explained Dan Summerall with Shakers and Scrapers.
There will also be a raffle for a horse, which will be drawn at the rodeo Saturday night; and another raffle for a big-screen TV to benefit the Food Pantry, Townes said.
Proceeds from the Oil Baron’s Ball are split between the Derrick Days festival, to help pay for security and portable toilets; and VOICE, a local children’s health and welfare agency.
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