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Red Oak Founders Day sets new record for attendance

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MELANIE PETERSEN
Red Oak Record
RED OAK - An estimated 2,500 people of all ages participated in the Annual Red Oak Founders Day Celebration held this past weekend.

For the second year in a row a street dance was held at the Main Street Plaza the night before Founders Day.

The Texas Hat Band performed along with other activities including face painting, Heathers, Fred's Steak House and Candle Heaven were open to serve customers.

The Chamber of Commerce was on hand selling commemorative Founders Day t-shirts and the Education Foundation had a booth selling glow in the dark necklaces and bracelets.

Founders Day Committee Chairman, Ben Goodwyn said, 'The street dance did not have the attendance of last year, yet it was well-attended and fun. We will take a close look at it and try to make adjustments for continued success.'

The parade started at 10 a.m. winding through the streets of Red Oak and ending at Red Oak City Park where the days festivities were held.

Andy Bell, parade coordinator said 'There were approximately 75 entries in the parade this year which made it one of the largest ever.'

Crowds of people lined the streets to observe and children in the crowd chased candy thrown by parade participants.

The festivities opened with a performance by the Red Oak High School Marching Band followed by routines from the High School and Jr. High School cheerleaders.

Various demonstrations went on throughout the day in the center of the park. These covered a wide range of topics that would appeal to attendees of all ages. Local Girl Scouts were on hand modeling uniforms of years gone by, also in keeping with the event's them of 'A Step Back in Time' Buffalo Creek Gunfighters staged an old west gunfight, Dance Expressions students demonstrated their dance abilities for the crowd also.

This years event also featured a blacksmith, John White, owner of Ole Village Blacksmith who made items to give to the children as they watched.

For automobile enthusiasts there were restored autos of all makes and models on display.

There were 93 vendor spaces sold to local businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals offering a wide range of items for sale such as a many different kinds food, flower arrangements, framed prints and paintings, clothing, crafts, several bounce houses, a climbing wall and games for children to participate in.

'Everyone involved, including committee members, Boyd Brock, Johnny Pearson, Michael Hopping, Lauren Whatley, Andy Bell, Dana Rodes and a host of others directly and indirectly made this Founders Day the grandest in the history of Red Oak' said Goodwyn.

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