Things to do and places to go in Ellis County for the weekend of July 5-7:

Talent Show at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library will host a Children’s Talent Show from 10-11 a.m. Friday, July 5, as part of the Texas Summer Reading Club events. Children, ages 4-12, are encouraged to come share their talent with the community.

The program will be held in the Lyceum of the library. For more information, contact the library at 972-937-2671, or email

Turner - Oak Lawn Reunion

The Turner – Oak Lawn Reunion will kick off with an 11 a.m. ceremony and parade that will conclude at Freedman Memorial Park where six new names will be added to the memorial wall.

A luncheon will be held at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

For more information about the parade or the reunion, call Chuck Beatty at 972-935-2211.

Ellis County Opry

The Ellis County Opry will perform beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Optimist Youth Center, 219 Patrick St.

Sheron Lowery, Donna Duccini, Jimmie and Betty Coker and the Ellis County Opry Band will perform. Admission is free, but donations would be appreciated.

There will be a 50-50 drawing. Snacks and drinks will be available.

Midlothian Downtown Farmers Market

The Midlothian Downtown Business Association will host its downtown farmers market from 8 a.m.-noon every Saturday until October at Heritage Park by the Larkin Newton Log Cabin. On Saturday, July 6, the cabin will be open for tours as it is the first and third Saturdays of each month.

Guns and Hoses softball game

The city of Italy will be hosting a charity Guns and Hoses softball game to raise funds to benefit the Italy Shop with a Cop program. The game will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with gates opening at 6 p.m. and a home run derby at 6:30. The venue will be the Italy Softball Field, 300 S. College St. There will be fireworks at dark. Other activities include a water slide, zipline, face painting, snow cones, food and drinks, DPS helicopter tour, police car and fire truck tours and free stuff for kids.

Also on Saturday, July 6, there will be a Little Miss and Mister Italy Pageant at 9 a.m. at the Boze Community Center, 161 E. Main St. Contact Holly Hill at 817-915-4735 or if you have any questions about the pageant.

Big Time Pro Wrestling

Big Time Pro Wrestling will host Waxahachie Smack Down on Saturday, July 6. Doors to the air-conditioned venue open at 5 p.m.

There will be four live matches with the main event a Texas Title match pitting champion Nobe Bryant taking on contender Billy Club. A tag team match pits Joe Garcia and Saturn against Dr. Luv and Chris Cross. Doberman and John Famous will face off in a bull rope match. There will be a three-way elimination match with Dozer, Cowboy Adam and Zack Jackson taking to the square ring.

Smoking inside, alcohol and profanity are not allowed. There is free parking in the lighted lot, a snack bar and lots of fun.

For more information, call the KTB hotline at 214-893-8696.

Little Miss & Mister Italy Pageant

The city of Italy will hold a pageant to raise funds for the police department’s Shop with a Cop program at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the band hall at Italy High School, 300 College St.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Check-in for contestants will be 8:30 a.m. All contestants will walk on stage and are free to model however they are comfortable. Parents may help with younger children on-stage and babies may be held.

There is an optional Most Photogenic category. Bring the photo to check-in at 8:30. Photos may be 5x7 or 8x10, color or black and white.

Scores are not given out after the pageant and all of the judge’s decisions are final. Each child will receive a gift. Winners will receive tiaras and trophies. Runners up will also be awarded depending on the number of contestants in the age group.

For more information, contact Holly Hill at 817-915-4735 or

The city will also hold its annual Guns & Hoses softball game and fireworks display to raise funds for the Shop with a Cop program at 7 p.m. that evening at the Italy Softball Field.

Neighborhood celebration

The Bighorn addition in Red Oak on Bells Chapel Road will host a neighborhood Independence Day celebration and parade beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Neighbors are encouraged to ride their lawnmowers and bikes in the parade, which will be followed by a neighborhood cookout and activities for the family.