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Largest Founders Day ever

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MELANIE PETERSEN

The Ellis County Press

RED OAK– With 86 entries in this year’s Homecoming/Founders Day parade and 105 vendor booths this was the largest Founders Day to date. The event was a joint effort of the Red Oak Independent School District, the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce and the City of Red Oak.

The day kicked off with the first ever Hawk Hustle 5K Run which started at the new Sports Complex and ended at the Park.

The parade began at 9 a.m. and stretched for approximately two miles. When the first of the participants were finishing at the City Park the participants at the end of the parade line had not even begun yet.

One first time participant, Tom Corea of the Corea Firm, who had a booth which gave away eight Texas Rangers tickets, had planned to drive his 1957 Chev Bel Air in the parade.

In the middle of the parade his son was riding with him bumped the ignition which turned the car off. It would not restart, however, members of the basketball team did not want him to be left behind so they pushed the car for remainder of the parade.

Corea, also an Ellis County resident, said, "We really enjoyed our time at the Founders Day festivities. Meeting with so many residents was a great opportunity for us to advertise our firm. It was a really good group of boys who helped me in the parade without even being asked, it was a wonderful gesture.

"Members of the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce served as parade judges who awarded prizes in four divisions."

Winners were as follows: Best Overall - 1st Place-Eastridge Elementary, 2nd Place-Red Oak Intermediate, 3rd Place-ROHS Volleyball. Business Division-1st Place-Reindeer Manor, 2nd Place-Citizens National Bank, 3rd Place-Chick-Fil-A. School Division-1st Place-Red Oak Junior High, 2nd Place-ROHS Basketball, 3rd Place-Little Hawks Learning Center. Best Theme-1st Place-Red Oak Elementary, 2nd Place-Wooden Elementary, 3rd Place-Future Farmers of America.

This years event featured games, pony rides, petting zoo and several bounce houses and slides for children along with vendor booths for the parents to shop at. A wide variety of food booth options were available such as sausage on a stick, corny dogs, barbecue, turkey legs, etc.

"I would like to give a special thanks to The Red Oak ISD for chairing our event and teaming up with the Chamber and the City to make history for Red Oak. This was the largest Founders Day to date and it was spectacular.

"We had approximately 4,000 in attendance and the largest parade ever. I would also like to give special thanks to Lone Star Backyards & Building of Red Oak, for their donation of the golf carts for the day. We could not have made it without them." said Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce President, Shelley Oglesby.

The festivities ended with Red Oak Wrestling Mayhem at the Red Oak High School Gym. The title match was Red Oak’s own Coach Tate Wallis against Bullman Downs. Wallis was trained and promoted by ROISD Superintendent, Scott Niven and the special referee for the match was ROISD Police Chief, Scott Lindsey. Johnny Pearson, Red Oak Parks Board chairman told us "I think it went really well. I talked with almost all the vendors and they said they all had a very good day and that they really enjoyed the event and would like to come back. A lot of them want to come to our Fall Fest on Oct 31st, which is put on by the City, Parks Board and The Oaks Church."


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