Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 26, 2013

Derrick Days: Back to business

Townes: ‘I think we’re going to be good’

By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — After a week of reeling in shock from the news that more than $27,000 had been stolen from the Derrick Days bank account, the festival’s committee was back at work Tuesday, determined to put on a show.

The group has started a new bank account, the Chamber of Commerce is handling the finances, and they’ve gotten two grants and a handful of donations to work with, according to Chairman Fran Townes.

“People are being real generous,” Townes said. “I think we’re going to be good.”

The festival is set for April 27, and the dozens of events scheduled around the festival are coming together.

Among the activities that week are:

On Wednesday will be a community-wide luncheon and supper of hotdogs, chips and drinks with live music in the pocket park on Beaton Street. In the past, there’s only been the luncheon, but this year organizers wanted to extend the kick-off to people who couldn’t get off during the day.

On Thursday will be the Mystery Art in Tucker Town art show at the Warehouse Living Arts Center. Anyone can enter a piece of photography or other art but it must be an 8 by 10. Proceeds from the art show go to benefit VOICE.

On Friday, there will be fireworks, a street dance, the Oil Baron’s Ball, possibly a chicken-wing eating contest, a dance performance by MeeMaw’s Misfits, and a Led Zeppelin tribute band at the Remington.

The Oil Baron’s Ball is from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday and will have valet parking. A raffle is being held in conjunction with the ball and prizes include a 1915 Webly pistol, a Louis Vuitton handbag, a $1,000 gift certificate to Neiman Marcus and a $1,000 certificate to the Downtown Spa, and a French antique bookcase from Canterbury Court. Tickets to the ball, as well as raffle tickets, can be purchased from VOICE, which offices in the Bank of America building.

The money raised from the ball will be split between VOICE and Derrick Days.

“The money for the ball has been going directly to VOICE, so we’re safe,” said Gina Dieterichs with VOICE.

The fireworks will take place either at the beginning of the street dance, or when the band takes a break. The dance will take place from about 8 p.m. to about 10 or 10:30 p.m.

The wing-eating contest, sponsored by Chili’s hasn’t got a set time yet, and MeeMaw’s Misfits are tentatively scheduled to start their performance around 6:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the fun will start early with the Derrick Days Parade. Last year, there were more than 70 entries, possibly lured by the cash prizes for best float. This year, cash prizes will once again be offered, with the top prize of $500. The theme is “Sock Hop,” and the Corsicana City Council will act as judges.

At least two booths will be dedicated to charitable causes. A Derrick Days donation booth will be set up this year to accept any amount of donations. As well, a booth will also be set up for the Foot Pantry of Navarro County, which will be soliciting non-perishable food items. For every item donated to the Food Pantry, the donors will receive one raffle ticket. The raffle prize is $500, which has been donated by SMA.

“We want to collect a lot that day (for the Pantry),” Townes said. “We want to do some good for them.”

 Among the many activities going on Saturday will be a three on three basketball tournament; a motorcycle rally, complete with a 100-mile ride, a live band, burn-out contest, and arm-wrestling contest; a Gospel stage; CISD choir stage; enormous car show, which will also include raffles for various car pieces, a Kindle and a 50/50 cash raffle; and the petroleum tour. On Saturday night will be a Randy Brown concert at the Palace.

Donations to help pay for security and sanitation, including portable toilets, for the Derrick Days festival, are welcomed, and can be sent to the Corsicana/Navarro County Chamber of Commerce, 120 N. 12th St., Corsicana, TX. 75110.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com. Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail: Soundoff@corsicanadailysun.com