The Derrick Days committee met for the first time in 2020 and plans are shaping up for Corsicana's annual oil and chili heritage festival, set for the week of April 22 through 25.
A big change from previous year's festivals is the return of the auto show, with the addition of big rigs.
Car show organizer Justin Bell is working with the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department to coordinate the event.
John Paul Plemons, big rig organizer and owner of Legacy Bulk Trucking, said he wants to offer festival goers “a whole different something to look at.”
“We're talking 35 to 50 semi trucks, just cabs, no trailers,” Plemons said. “These are all working rigs, but with special paint jobs and sound systems. I think it will bring a good element of people from all over Texas who will spend money in our community.”
Derrick Days president Carey Dean of 106.9 FM The Ranch said the committee decided if it was going to bring back a car show it would be in a big way.
“This will be the biggest car show Corsicana has ever seen,” he said. “It will also include magazine-grade custom car builders and motorcycles.”
Other business discussed at Tuesday's Derrick Days committee meeting:
• Chili cook off: This year's chili cook off has been sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International and sites will be available Feb. 3 for online reservation. Sites go quickly, so sign up early.
• Block Party: The Waco band Sloppy Joe has confirmed it will be back for a downtown Block Party Friday, April 24.
• Fletcher's Corny Dogs of State Fair fame has agreed to be a vendor for the Block Party, no other vendors will be allowed to sell corn dogs.
• Parade: Judges are still needed for the parade.
• Hot dog lunch: Previous year's hot dog lunch and dinner will be combined into a bigger, lunch-only event set for Wednesday, April 22.
• Kid's activities: Last year's carnival has agreed to return and donate 25% of its profits back to the festival.
• Entertainment: Last year's gunfighters will return, the committee discussed bringing in an act which will perform a boom town-themed musical comedy.
• Music: The Ranch Battle of the Bands is back on for Saturday, April 25 with much interest from new artists, according to Dean. The Fog and other local bands will play throughout the day as well. The gospel stage is set to feature American Idol contestant Trey Jackson. The committee agreed to support local venues and include a veterans' event at the Twisted Spur Saloon and country music star John Wolfe at the Silver Saddle Saloon in its promotions.
• Food vendor sites are $100 or $150 with electric, market vendor sites are $75 or $105 with electric.
The Derrick Days committee meets at noon in the Nancy Roberts Room of the Corsicana Public Library the second Tuesday of each month until March, when it meets the second and fourth Tuesday and every Tuesday in April.
Read the Daily Sun for more updates leading up to the festival.