Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 2, 2014

Accentuate the positive

(Eliminate the negative)

By Deanna Kirk
Corsicana Daily Sun

— First off, let’s start with my opinion about Derrick Days. This is the opinion section of your hometown newspaper, after all.

I thought Derrick Days was a fantastic success.

A small group of volunteers works very, very hard for months in advance, putting in no telling how many man-hours (and their own money!) to make Derrick Days a successful event/festival our town can tell about with pride.

I think they were successful in that endeavor.

There was something for everyone — from the washer pitching contest to the Oil Baron’s Ball (a huge success in only its second year). There were hundreds of people, many from out of town, and it’s the one time of year that any and everyone in Navarro County can show up and mingle and socialize and have a great time celebrating our oil heritage. It attracts folks from other cities (and possibly states!) with the chili cook-off and car show.

I am extremely disappointed that so many on Facebook would blame the Derrick Days organizers for the fights that took place that weekend. The organizers put on a great show — a few individuals they had no control over chose to act out Friday night and some of them suffered the consequences.

I personally thought there were more vendors than ever Saturday on Beaton Street, with a wide array of products. I could have spent hours just taking all that in, had I not been covering another event across town.

Our Derrick Days festival is a time to revel in our uniqueness, not bad-mouth the people who work so hard to put it together each year. If we could round up all those with a comment on the negative side and put them to work doing clean-up after the festival next year, then we’d be cooking with gas.

And, less than a week after the very successful Derrick Days event, there was another wonderful evening Thursday at the IOOF Event Center when the Navarro Regional Hospital Healthy Woman program celebrated six years of keeping women informed about their health, and that of their loved ones. The banquet featured shopping with vendors of all kinds, a fantastic meal, door prizes and a very inspirational, gorgeous speaker in Dale Smith Thomas. For that evening, 350 to 400 women (and a few men!) had a great, uplifting evening of fellowship with friends.

One thing Thomas said was “What you focus on gets bigger.” Let’s focus on the positive here, folks.

Our town has lots of great things going for it. We have awesome people, many of whom go the extra mile for their fellow man.

If you’re not part of the solution — then you’re part of the problem.

Quit bellyaching and get up and do something positive.


Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. She may be reached via email at