Things to do and places to go in Ellis County for the weekend of Sept. 20-22.

NHRA FallNationals

The AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals qualifying opens on Friday, Sept. 20, with sessions at 2:15 and 5:15 p.m. at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis. The final two qualifying sessions will take place Saturday, Sept. 21, at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. Final eliminations are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22.

Tickets for the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals are available now, ranging from just $10 to $380 for weekend packages. Youth tickets for children 12 and under start as low as $5.  

For tickets or more information, please call the Texas Motorplex office at (800) MOTORPLEX or visit  For more information about NHRA, please visit

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.

Texas Democratic Women

The Texas Democratic Women will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Democratic Headquarters, 215 E. Main St. Plans for the Christmas Party, voter issues for the upcoming election and election of 2004 TDW officers will be discussed. Refreshments will be served All Ellis County Democrats are invited to visit and participate in this meeting.

Silver Ring Thing

The Silver Ring Thing, a unique para-church youth ministry that promotes the message of purity and abstinence, in partnership with FirstLook Medical Center in Waxahachie will be making a two-hour presentation at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21 at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. For more information about the upcoming event, contact Graham Hicks at 972-938-7900. To learn more about SRT, visit

Evening aboard the Mississippi Shoo Fly

The Ellis County Museum will host an evening of wine and hors d’oeuvres on the “Mississippi Shoo Fly” deck from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, with a tour of the restored railroad car by David and Paula Hudgins. The railcar is located at 303 Matthews Street with parking available at the rodeo grounds.

The cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple to benefit the museum’s window repair project. The event may be rescheduled due to rain.

Free piano concert

First Christian Church, 1109 Brown St. in Waxahachie, will host a free piano concert with Jim Jordan at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22. Gospel music will be featured. The concert will be followed by an ice cream social in the church breezeway.