By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Derrick Days began with a few scattered events and grew over the course of a quarter century into a community-wide effort. And the events of two weeks ago are only increasing that community feeling.
More cash donations have come into the festival, a generous salve considering the event’s coffers were drained by a thief, an amount estimated at about $27,000. In addition, people have been volunteering to help, which goes a long way towards restoring that faith in fellow man that the festival is partly about.
Chuck Williams, owner of the local Subway Sandwich shops has stepped up to offer a Derrick Days Day at Subway. On April 10, a portion of all sales from any of the three local Subway shops will go towards the festival. In addition, he’s donating cookies to the Derrick Days booth, so anyone donating money to the cause will get something sweet in return.
“I just thought that was really, really nice,” said Fran Townes, chairman of the event at Tuesday’s regular Derrick Days meeting.
Larry Morrison at McKee’s is donating cinderblocks and rope, to aid in construction of the event’s tents. Texas Media Properties (which has the big electronic sign out by the I-45 Collin Street Bakery) has given the festival some free ad space on the billboard. Young people from the Navarro College volleyball team, the band and the football team, have offered to help man booths, park cars, march in the parade, and clean up at the Oil Baron’s Ball.
The Mildred drama department, specifically, the one-act play students, have offered to do a benefit performance of the play to help raise money. Townes said she might be able to arrange for a Wednesday performance, since the Palace is booked for the actual day of Derrick Days.
Essentially, people giving what they can to make the event come together, despite the obstacles.
These gestures will blend in with the other events that have grown over the years, such as the chili cook-off and the car show, the hot dog kick-off luncheon, and Mystery Art show and sale on Thursday.
Derrick Days will take place April 27 in downtown Corsicana. It will feature for the first time an Oil Baron’s Ball on April 26, and for the second time a Biker Bash on Saturday.
Tickets are still available for the Ball, booths are available for the vendors market, but slots for the chili cook-off are filled. For more information or to buy tickets to the ball, call VOICE at (903) 872-0180. Vendors booths can be booked online at www.derrickdays.com.
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