OVILLA – With the Ovilla Service League’s float taking front and center at this year’s Ovilla annual Heritage Day, the city celebrated its 50th anniversary of incorporationas well.

The Ovilla Service League also served as the Grand Marshals of the Heritage Day parade on Saturday.

“Celebrating their founding 40 years ago this month,” said Service League spokesperson Jo Ann Graham “the float featured the Ovilla Service League’s longest active member and immediate past President, Rachel Huber.”

Graham says that the Service League members spent many hours decorating their float for the parade and were rewarded by winning the Best Theme Presentation Award of the parade from the Heritage Day judges.  

The float featured photographs of many of the activities the Ovilla Service League has participated in through the years and detailed some of the many area recipients of the over $110,000 cash that the organization has raised for the community in the past.  

“In addition to these cash donations Service League members have donated many items for the city of Ovilla among them the sign outside city hall and equipment for some of the city parks,” Graham said. “Ovilla Service League also continues to play an integral part in our community each year both inside and beyond Ovilla, making donations to area charities including North Ellis County Outreach, Daniel’s Den, CASA, the Ovilla Fire and police departments and much, much more.  In addition, they act as hostesses for city events providing refreshments at the annual Holiday Tree lighting and events such as the recent dedication of the Weldon O’Dell baseball fields.”

Following the parade, the Service League members conducted a bake sale at Heritage Day and a raffle for a teak garden bench.  

As for entertainment, the Red Oak Opry was set to entertain again this year as well as various dance troupes and the Methodist Church choir.  There was also a live radio broadcast and hundreds of vendors participating as well as Special SWAT vehicles on display and the fire department’s Safe House.

“Last year we had over 5,000 people attend Ovilla’s Heritage Day,” Graham had said before the event, “and we expect to exceed that this year.”