Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 8, 2014

Derrick Days two weeks out

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Amidst all the planning and organizing that the Derrick Days committee does, there sometimes sneaks in a little surprise, like the Human Hamster Water Ride.

This nearly last minute addition to the April 26 festival is a large, shallow pool of water upon which big plastic balls are floated, and children are popped into the balls where they can roll around on top of the water, like bubbles, or hamster balls.

The addition of the new ride or entertainment — depending on where you're standing — was only one of the announcements made Tuesday at the Derrick Days committee meeting. With only two weeks left until the festival, organizers are starting to nail down specifics, although some of the events are still sorely lacking participation.

The business olympics only has one team signed up, although Committee Chairwoman Fran Townes said she's not canceling it. People tend to sign up at the last minute, she said, adding: “If only one team shows up, they win.”

The business olympics pits teams against one another in silly competitions like bed races, high-heel sprints and arm wrestling.

The horseshoe tournament doesn't have a lot of participants yet, either, but that's another event where people tend to sign up last minute. People can register at Trophies Unlimited, a shop at the corner of Beaton and Second Avenue.

People are slowly signing up for the Biker Bash, which this year includes a poker run, tattoo contest, bike show and fish fry, and booth spaces are still available for vendors of both crafts and food. Booths can be reserved on the Derrick Days website at www.derrickdays.com. There are about 88 craft and goods vendors already, and about 22 food vendors.

People can also sign up for the parade on the website, but many of the parade participants will just show up on the morning of the event, said Raul Jimenez, parade organizer. There's no cost to be in the parade.

Sell-outs are the chili and barbecue cook-off, which has been booked solid since January, and the Oil Baron's Ball, which will have about 150 guests.

Derrick Days is advertising in local newspapers and magazines, on radio stations throughout the area, and will have some television ads in the Dallas area, Townes said.

“Maybe we'll have more people than we can handle,” she said.

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