By Janet Jacobs
Corsicana Daily Sun
Despite chilly weather, the Derrick Days kickoff had all the elements of a successful first event Wednesday at the Pocket Park in downtown Corsicana.
The traditional luncheon is hot dogs and music, and those were in plentiful supply Wednesday, with music provided by the Byron Haynie band at lunch, and the Sloane McCain Band at the supper.
For Jennie Richardson and her daughter, Paulette Tipton, it’s the best part of Derrick Days’ week. They make the actual Derrick Days festival if they can, but they always make the hot dog luncheon.
“We do this every year,” Richardson said. “We’re into the kickoff. We always do the kickoff.”
The hot dog luncheon was provided by the C&C Trading Post, along with donations from Olé grocery, Frito-Lay, Dr Pepper, and Sunshine bakery. It was served by volunteers from the Lone Star Cowboy Church.
A new addition to the traditional Wednesday event was the addition of an evening version of the free meal from 5 to 7 p.m.
For Steve and Kathleen Armstrong all the Derrick Days events are worth seeing.
“It’s community. We like to support what the community’s doing,” Kathleen explained. “I think that’s what makes small town special — the fairs or festivals they put on.”
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Derrick Days Schedule
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