Still meeting monthly, as the date for Derrick Days is still over a month away, planning for the annual event continues by the Derrick Days Committee.

The Oil Baron’s Ball tickets are selling easily, with 114 sold and talk of extending the cap. Fran Townes, Derrick Days chairman, has met with the Economic Development director, Bill King, regarding business contacts for potential ball underwriters.

“The raffle prizes are set for the ball, and the raffle tickets will be available for sale the beginning of April,” Townes said. “Tickets are $20 each.”

This year will offer one extra raffle prize, which was 100 percent donated. Also included again this year will be the Louis Vuitton handbag, which was the most popular item last year.

“Hot Dog Wednesday in the Pocket Park is now 100 percent donated as well,” Townes reported.

Entertainment that day will be provided by Byron Haynie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and by Caleb Grant from 5 to 7 p.m.

The Remington stage will be host to the Jamie Richards Band in the morning, and a Hispanic group booked for 1 to 4 p.m. called Bondo Los Altimos.

Banners and posters are being hung this week in the city and at businesses.

Still needed is someone to clean up after the horses.

Also discussed by committee members Tuesday was the resignation of Steve Dieterichs as Corsicana’s Main Street director, and how his responsibilities with the festival will now have to be assigned to others.

There are now nine businesses involved in the Wine and Cheese Stroll.

The winning team in the Business Olympics will be given $500 toward the charity of their choice.

A raffle for the Navarro County Food Pantry will be held at The Ranch 106.9 tent, with raffle tickets for $5 for a 50-inch Flat Screen Television.

The parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. Bikers in the Biker Bash will depart from City Hall at 10 a.m. This year rather than trophies, the Biker Bash winners will receive Harley Davidson merchandise.

The Corsicana Police Department will be giving away free gun locks that day at their tent.

The Car Show is set and will also have a raffle for a 55-inch Flat Screen TV. Other raffle items include a transmission, Kindle Fire, cash, and possibly an engine, said Dan Summerall with Shakers and Scrapers.

Anticipated are 200 marketplace vendors, and approximately 35 food vendors.

There was some discussion about colors for the Derrick Days T-shirts. In addition to the traditional blue and gold shirts, it was decided to add some heather gray shirts.


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