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Ferris celebrates seventh annual Brick Festival

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KELLIE ROBINSON
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - The Seventh Annual Ferris Brick Festival will be going on this Saturday in the downtown square.

Ferris was once the largest manufacturer of bricks in the world according to Marietta Allen, director of the Ferris Main Street Program.

Allen said Ferris bricks were all over the world, even at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

This festival is held yearly to remember the prosperity the brick companies brought to Ferris in the early days of the town.

This year's festivities will begin Friday night, April 27 at 7 p.m. and Saturday's events begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue till dusk.

Food will be offered from local restaurants and vendors and there will be plenty of activities to keep the entire family entertained for the entire day.

A Friday night 'Mutt Strut' will begin at 7 p.m. in the downtown Ferris Pavilion. Dog owners can enter their pets in as many as four different categories: Best Dressed; Best Trick; Most Vocal; and Looks Most Like Owner.

Saturday's festivities will begin with a brick art competition followed by a baby crawling contest, which will be held in the pavilion downtown and is open to all children under the age of two who reside in the Ferris School District.

Parents were encouraged to bring their little ones who weren't yet walking well for what is sure to be the cutest and most drool-filled event of the day.

The Juan Diago Spanish Dancers will be on hand to dazzle the crowds with their cultural dances.

The Little Mr. and Miss Brick Pageant is sure to draw a crowd this year.

The competition is open to boys and girls who reside in Ferris ISD and there are three age categories for them to compete in: 5-6 years old, 7-9 years old and 10-12 years old.

There will be a winner in each category and the winner will be the boy and girl with the highest score after three judging rounds.

The children will be judged on their poise and personality and their 'party or Sunday attire.'

Practice for those wanting to participate will be held Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. on the square downtown.

The day will continue with music provided by Jonathan Jones and the Gabriel's Call Jazz Band.

The Ferris Main Street and the Downtown Association will also be having their own version of 'Star Search,' the 'Ellis County Brick Star Search.'

The event will start at 3 p.m. and all students in Ellis County are welcome to join in the fun.

The categories for the event will be dance, song, acting and instrument and the overall winner will receive a cash prize.

Deadline for entering is Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m. and there is no entry fee.

Aside from the planned activities for the day, the festival also has something for those just wanting to enjoy the carnival atmosphere.

Rides and games will be available as well as a brick pulling contest, pony rides, a petting zoo, a train ride and so much more.

For more information, contact Melanie Queen at A Cash & Mail Emporium, 209 W. 6th Street, or call 972-842-8448.

See pages 8&9 for event times and supporting businesses.

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