Deanna Kirk

Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer.

Hard to believe it’s already April! Where is 2015 going in such a hurry?

When it’s April, you know what time that means — time for Derrick Days! For months, event organizers have been hard at work planning, strategizing, etc. to ensure that this promises to be the best Derrick Days yet. There is so much going on the entire week of April 18-25, I will attempt to hit all the high points but it will be a task.

First, I will mention that some new ordinances have been put in place to protect all attendees of the festival. These are “no tolerance” policies, which means violators will be ticketed. This year, no animals, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, ATVs of any kind (save the ones used by Derrick Days staff) will be permitted in the areas where the festival is taking place. Likewise, if you move a barricade to get your car to that primo parking place you spy just beyond the barricade, you will be ticketed. No tolerance means just that.

Okay, now the fun stuff. On Saturday, April 18 the celebration begins with the Oil Baron’s Ball at 6 p.m. This “Denim and Diamonds” affair will take place at Lake Halbert Park, with catering by Tom Perini, the very finest in decorations, and a concert by none other than the Bellamy Brothers. Transportation will be provided from downtown, so get your tickets quick by calling 903-872-0180.

The traditional hot dog lunch (and dinner) in the Pocket Park on Beaton will take place Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided at both, and the food and fun is free.

Thursday’s fun starts at 5 p.m. downtown when Angelita’s Vineyard and Winery will provide libations for strollers stopping at local merchants, with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band serving up the tunes. On Friday and Saturday, with doors at the Navarro County Youth Exposition opening at 6 p.m., the Navarro County Derrick Days Pro Rodeo will begin with mutton bustin’ at 7 p.m. and the rodeo at 8 p.m. There you may also purchase tickets for the raffle on a chance to win “Katy,” the AQHA 2007 Sorrel Mare.

Elsewhere that Friday night, the 40th Annual Derrick Days Chili Cookoff (run by Andy Williams) will begin setup/warmup on Second Ave. and Commerce Street, with a street dance featuring The Randy Brown Band on West Sixth Ave. The music kicks off at 8 p.m.

Then the big day, Derrick Days Saturday, will dawn brightly with a Pancake Breakfast at 7 a.m. at Sixth Ave. and Beaton, followed by the Derrick Days Parade at 9 a.m. with Grand Marshal Terry Fator, Corsicana’s ventriloquist son who won America’s Got Talent and parlayed it into a multi-million dollar Vegas gig. There will be marketplace vendors, pony rides, carnival, food, a car show on Fourth Ave. between Beaton and Main, gospel music and music from CISD students, and Oil History tours morning and afternoon.

One big huge new attraction will take place down Main Street beginning at First Ave. — 180-degree Rush Waterslide sponsored by the Corsicana Parks and Recreation Department. It will feature a 1,000 foot waterslide, with hundreds of innertubes, and unlimited slides for a $5 wristband.

Then the Jamie Richards Band will play downtown that afternoon to wrap up the week-long festivities.

Derrick Days is upon us, so make your plans now to be part of the fun!

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Deanna Kirk is a Daily Sun staff writer and editor of Explore magazine. Her column appears on Saturdays. She may be reached via email at dkirk@corsicanadailysun.com.

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