Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

April 15, 2014

Countdown to Derrick Days

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — A small town hosting a big event like Derrick Days takes a lot of volunteers, coordination and details — lots and lots of details. That's what Tuesday's meeting of the Derrick Days Committee consisted of, nailing down the last-minute wrinkles to make sure things run smoothly next week.

For example, they'll tow cars that are parked on downtown streets over night Friday, April 25. They'll have the stationary clowns on Fifth Street, and the roaming clown on Beaton. They'll spread out the food vendors. A small number of official T-shirts will be available at the ticket booths. If they prove popular, they'll print more next year.

The Derrick Days fun begins this Saturday with the Oil Town Min-Thon, hosted by the Lions Club. On Wednesday, April 23 is a free hot dog luncheon and another hot dog supper that evening, with live music at both events. On April 24, will be the wine and cheese stroll among downtown businesses. April 25 will be the Oil Baron's Ball, which is all but sold out, and the street dance featuring Ira Bradford and Bustin' Loose, as well as the Derrick Days Pro Rodeo at the Youth Expo building.

On Saturday, it's all hands on deck, with a parade; the Shakers and Scrapers car show, which will fill several blocks with shiny antique and special vehicles; the chili cook-off, which has become a premier event in its own right; a carnival; oil field tours and a video; a motorcycle poker run; live music in all corners of downtown all day long; a photo exhibit at the Warehouse Living Arts Center; vendors selling fried foods, turkey legs, crafts, baked goods, novelties and more; a horseshoe and washer tournament and a business olympics that will pit local teams against one another in silly games like high-heel races, bed races and arm wrestling. Saturday night will be the final night of the Derrick Days rodeo, which raises money for Go Texan Scholarships for Navarro County students.



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