Thursday, May 9, 2013

Derrick Days

A nearby city celebrates its history once a year with a 4 day festival called Derrick Days

In the late 1890s, the city had outgrown its water supply and while drilling for water, instead, made the first discovery of oil east of the Mississippi River.  The discovery resulted in the first Texas oil boom around the 1900s, and catapulted the small agricultural community into a bustling center for the oil industry. In the 1970s the city leaders decided to commemorate their history with a spring festival.

Some of the festival activites include a parade, oil baron's ball, street dancing, chili cook-off, car show, carnival, live music, and market stalls. We only managed to go to the last day's street fair. If you didn't know the history, you would have thought it was just another street fair.

My favorite things of the day were the Texas themed ones.

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