By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
After months of planning and more than a little drama, Derrick Days has finally arrived, and the plans look solid, according to committee members who met Tuesday for one last strategy meeting before D-Day.
Thus far, only one event has been canceled of the dozens planned. The three-on-three basketball tournament only had three teams registered as of Friday, so the organizers pulled the plug.
The rest of the schedule, including street dance, ball, music, fireworks, Biker Bash, benefit pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, car show, parade, carnival, pet adoptions, oil field tours, horseshoe/washer tournament, hot dog lunch and supper, wine and cheese stroll downtown, historic plane fly-over, day-long Gospel music, food drive, raffles, live bands, food vendors and shopping all over downtown, are still on-board, weather permitting.
On Thursday, is an art auction and contest, “Mystery Art in Tuckertown,” at the Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave., followed by a wine and cheese stroll through downtown. Various store owners will be open late that night to welcome evening shoppers with snacks and discounts.
The carnival, which began arriving in town last Friday, will open with rides, and carnival specialties such as cotton candy, on Thursday.
On Friday, things really get into the swing with three parties at once. The free events will start at 6:30 p.m. Friday with a wing-eating contest sponsored by Chili’s Grill and Bar, a clogging and line-dancing performance by MeMaw’s Misfits, fireworks and then the free street dance featuring the Allen Brown Band, all of which will take place at the corner of Main and Beaton. At 7 p.m., the Oil Baron’s Ball will be welcoming guests down a red carpet from the street into the Pace Center, at Fifth and Beaton. The ball is a tuxedo and tie event sponsored by Guardian Industries and Oil City Iron Works, with an orchestra, food and drink. Tickets are nearly sold out, according to Gina Dieterichs, with VOICE. Proceeds from the ball are being split between VOICE and Derrick Days. Helping pull it off are volunteers from the Law Enforcement Academy at Navarro College, and the girl’s soccer team at Navarro College.
On Saturday, streets will be blocked off downtown around 7 a.m. Cars left on the streets will be towed to the Ideal Storage (former Cornerstone Baptist Church) on 13th Street.
The Lion’s Club will host the Oil Town Mini-Thon, 1-mile and 5K fun/walk starting at 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at the Y, 400 Oaklawn.
Line-up for the Derrick Days Parade begins at 8:30 a.m., with the parade starting at 9 a.m. and winding around downtown. Cash prizes for the best floats are $500, $250 and $100, with the Corsicana City Council acting as judges. Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner is the Grand Marshall for the parade.
The Chili Cook-off, with all its silliness and sauciness; the Shakers and Scrapers 10th Annual car show, featuring miles of pride and chrome; the Biker Bash, with its 100-mile poker run; the vendors and food booths are opening up around 9 a.m. The carnival rides and other kids’ entertainment; pet adoptions and Gospel music and school choirs will begin at 10 a.m. The first oil field tour starts at 10:30 a.m.
The Gospel stage, on Collin Street between Main and Beaton, will start with Southern Joy at 10 a.m., have Cross Timber at 11 a.m., the Haynes Temple Church at 12, the Grace Community Church at 1 p.m., CrossWay Praise Team at 2 p.m. and Truvine at 3 p.m.
“We’re looking forward to a great day,” said Pastor Dan Layne, who helped organize the Gospel Stage line-up.
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Derrick Days Schedule
Wednesday, April 24
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lunch in the Park: Free hot dogs and drinks in Pocket Park, 120 North Beaton Street, entertainment by Byron Haynie.
5 to 7 p.m. Dinner in the Park: Free hot dogs and drinks in Pocket Park, 120 North Beaton Street, entertainment by Sloane McCain Band.
Thursday, April 25
5:30 to 7 p.m. "Mystery in Tuckertown" art auction and contest benefiting VOICE, Inc. & Navarro Council of the Arts at the Warehouse Living Arts Center Gallery, 119 W. 6th Ave.
7:30 p.m. Wine and Cheese Stroll through downtown
Friday, April 26
6:30 p.m. Chili’s Wing Eating Contest on Main Stage on Sixth Avenue behind the Warehouse.
7 to 8 p.m. MeMaw’s Misfits Line Dancing and Clogging on Main Stage.
7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Oil Baron’s Ball (tickets required) in Pace Building at Fifth Avenue and Beaton.
8 to 10:30 p.m. Street Dance (free) featuring Allen Brown Band on Main Stage on Sixth Avenue, with fireworks during break; “Hindenburg Project” Led Zeppelin tribute band at The Remington at 122 West Third Avenue.
Saturday, April 27
6:30 a.m. Oil Town Mini-thon, benefitting Corsicana Noon Lion’s Club at Corsicana “Y”, 400 Oaklawn.
7 to 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast in front of Martin’s Music Hall
8:30 a.m. Biker Bash and Poker Run Registration at The Remington, 122 West Third Avenue.
9 a.m. Chili and BBQ Cookoff at Third Avenue and Commerce.
9 a.m. Derrick Days Parade with Grand Marshall Navarro County Sheriff Elmer Tanner
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shakers and Scrapers 10th Annual Car Show, corner of North Beaton and Second Avenue; Silent auction and cake challenge 9 a.m. to noon; awards at 2:30 p.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Food Pantry Collection
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Marketplace Vendors all along Beaton Street; tickets required for purchase of food and drinks.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pet Adoptions, Beaton Street by Chase Bank.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summertime Amusements Carnival at Commerce and Collin Streets.
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Gospel Music Stage on Collin between Main and Beaton; School choirs on Main Stage on Sixth Avenue across from The Palace.
10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Corsicana Oil History Field Tour; bus leaves from Main Street side of Warehouse Living Arts Center
11 a.m. Corsicana Cloggers, in front of Withrow’s Furniture at Beaton and Fourth Avenue.
12 p.m. Horseshoe Tournament at VG’s on Third Avenue.
12 p.m., 2 p.m. “Corsicana’s Oil History” short film, free admission, Martin’s Music Hall, 201 S. Beaton
1 p.m. Washer Pitch Tournament, at VG’s on Third Avenue.
1:30 p.m. Hall of Fame induction at Pioneer Village in Jester Park.
4 p.m. Chili and BBQ Cookoff Awards, corner of Third Avenue and Commerce St.
Other entertainment events:
At The Remington, The Ranch’s Third Annual Drillers Dance featuring Jamie Richards.
At the Palace, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. The Randy Brown Show, $25 ticket includes dinner, drinks and concert.
At Napoli’s, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., After Party with DJ Slicky D.
On the Web: www.derrickdays.com