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The 2019 Derrick Days Committee

Palestine has its dogwoods, Jacksonville its tomatoes, Ennis its bluebonnets and Athens may or may not be the birthplace of the hamburger, but one thing's for sure: Corsicana has a pretty cool oil history and it is why we celebrate Derrick Days.

Corsicana's 44th annual Derrick Days festival wrapped up Saturday and by most accounts of those who attended, it was a great one.

Derrick Days is our time to shine, bring visitors downtown, show our city pride and exhibit the best we have to offer.

The rain held off for most events and contingency plans were in place for when it didn't.

Many festival-goers just show up for the events they want to attend but for organizers, who have been meeting for over six months, a lot of work and preparation went into putting them on.

The annual oil heritage festival, held the last weekend of each April, started in 1976 with a handful of city leaders at the helm, has grown in size with the addition of new activities each year.

The festival also celebrates our spicy chili culture, since Wolf Brand Chili was first sold on the corner of Beaton.

Events come and go, such as the armadillo or canoe races, but after over four decades, we think it's safe to say: Derrick Days is here to stay, but only because of a dedicated group of people who spend their own time to make it happen.

The Corsicana Daily Sun would like to commend this year's Derrick Days committee, made up solely of volunteers, to ensure this year's festival was among the best yet.