By Guy Chapman – Navarro County Gazette

Derrick Days, Corsicana’s annual celebration of its rich oil history, has finally returned to kick off its 2022 celebration this week. With a variety of events set to take place over the next few days, The Navarro County Gazette is providing a schedule of activities for what to expect during the festival.

Hot Dog Lunch

What: Free food, good music, and friendly faces, with entertainment by Steve Colburn.
When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 27
Where: The original Pocket Park

Sip ‘N’ Stroll and Entertainment

What: Downtown merchants invite guests to sip and stroll through local shops. There will be an opportunity to play a bingo card for a chance to win a prize. Enjoy the Jazz sounds of Aurora Bleu from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. near the original Pocket Park on Beaton Street.
When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 28
Canterbury Court Antiques at 309 N. Beaton Street
The Collin Club at 211 W. Collin Street
The Children’s Shop at 305 N. Beaton Street
This N That Antiques at 108 N. Beaton Street
Storefront at 203 N. Commerce Street
Keller Williams at 223 W. Sixth Avenue
The Olive Branch at 409 N. Beaton Street
Legacy Recording Studio at 119 N. Beaton Street
Cassaro Winery at 211 S. Beaton Street
JP Antiques at 310 N. Beaton Street
Corsicana Opry at 215 E. Fifth Avenue
Navarro Council of the Arts + Warehouse Living Arts Center at 119 W. Sixth Avenue
Merle Norman at 201 N. Beaton Street


What: Family fun event. Wristbands $20 (must be 36 in. tall for wristband). Tickets only for rides, cash only for food and games.
When: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 30
Where: Downtown Corsicana

Block Party

What: Music by Wesley Pruitt Band, Food Trucks (Taco Station, K&K BBQ, Kona Ice), BYOB and lawn chairs (No glass containers).
When: 6 p.m. for food trucks, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. for entertainment, Friday, April 29
Where: Main stage at the corner of 12th Avenue and Collin Street

Chili Cook-Off

What: Cook up some delicious award-winning chili, beans, and brisket. Compete for the showmanship prize. Hang out with your “besties” for the weekend.
When: Saturday, April 30
Where: Downtown Corsicana

Battle of the Bands

What: Featuring the music of Von Tez, The Tanner Sparks Band, and Della Pearl.
When: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 30
Where: Downtown Corsicana

Car Show

What: $20 per vehicle entry for Derrick Days Car Show. NOTE: Any vehicle that shows up after 12 p.m. will not be judged, but is still welcome to park for display. Categories include:

  • Top 10 Head Turners
  • Best 60/70’s Muscle Car
  • Best Car
  • Best Truck
  • Best Jeep
  • Best Motorcycle
  • Best Side By Side
  • Best Paint
  • Most Unique
  • Team Participation
  • Best In Show

When: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – Registration, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Judging, 3:15 p.m. – Awards, all Saturday, April 30
Where: Downtown Corsicana

“42” Domino Tournament

What: 42 domino tournament. First 16 teams will pay to play. Double elimination. $20 per person entry fee.
When: 8:30 a.m. Saturday, April 30
Where: 100 S. Main Street (100 West Building)

Derrick Days “Switcholio” Cornhole Tournament

What: Derrick Days “Switcholio” Cornhole Tournament. No partner needed. $20 per person entry fee. This is an outdoor event. Bring your own chairs and canopies. Six game guarantee.
When: 11 a.m., Saturday, April 30
Where: 100 S. Main Street (100 West Building)

Live Entertainment

What: Hear local musicians, Battle of the Bands, and local gospel music.
When: All music: Saturday, April 30
Local Musicians – Throughout the day
Battle of the Bands – 12 p.m. to 30 p.m.
Gospel Music – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Greater Haynes COGIC – Pastor CD Washington – Mexia
11 12 p.m. – God’s Holy Temple COGIC – Praise Team/Dancers – Corsicana
12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. – High Point Praise – Todd Jones – Corsicana
1 p.m. to  2 p.m. – Here’s To Freedom – Living Word – Corsicana
2 p.m. to 3 p.m. – The SPOT Church – Pastor Ricky Christmas – Corsicana
3 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Karmlyn Randle – By God’s Grace Ministries – Palestine
4 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Michael’s Pro & Audio Sounds – Corsicana/Dallas
Where: Local musicians – Main Stage at Twelfth Avenue and Collin Street, Local gospel music – Corner of Beaton Street and Fourth Avenue

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