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October 18, 2011

Haynie hanging it up

Longtime Derrick Days chairman stepping down from post

Corsicana — Brad Haynie — a man whose name has become synonymous with Derrick Days in Corsicana — announced Tuesday he’s stepping down from the post.

Haynie is credited by many with helping to revive the community celebration over a decade ago when he took the reins of the volunteer group to bring the event back to its status as Corsicana’s biggest annual celebration.

“Every good thing comes to an end,” Haynie said of his decision Tuesday. “It’s time for some ‘new blood’ and new ideas.” He’s headed up the celebration for the last 10 years, or more.

“I just feel like it’s ‘my time,’” he added. His busy schedule, and his recent health problems, also played a factor in his decision, he said.

In an email announcing his decision, Haynie said "I have enjoyed my duties a the Chairman and appreciate all the people I have worked with over the years, but now it’s time to say so long and good luck to the committee for Derrick Days 2012.

With a plate full of commitments still keeping this spirited community volunteer busy — he serves on the Palace board, the Main Street Program board, the Warehouse board, the Optimist Club — Haynie will still be plenty involved in civic and volunteer functions.

Haynie said it was his love for his hometown, and his appreciation of Corsicana’s rich oil heritage, that kept him involved for so many years with the celebration.

“It’s just for people to have a good time,” he said. “To see people laughing and carrying on ... people getting out and kind of forgetting about their daily grind and just have a good time.”

Chamber of Commerce President Paul Hooper praised Haynie for his dedication to the annual festival, and his work in the community.

“Not only Derrick Days, but all the things that Brad does for Corsicana and Navarro County,” Hooper said. “Those will be some big shoes to fill for Derrick Days.”

Haynie downplayed the suggestion he was responsible for the resurgence of popularity of the celebration.

“I don’t know if it was me that did anything,” he said, “I had a lot of good people work with me and I just kind of handled the meetings ... I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.

“Corsicana is my hometown, and I just try to do things that make it a better place to live.”

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “Soundoff” on his story? Email: soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com

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