RED OAK — The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 33rd annual Founder’s Day, Homecoming Celebration Parade and Hawk Hustle 5K Run from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

“This event is for the people, so there is no charge,” chamber president Shelley Oglesby said. “The Red Oak Area Chamber hosts this event for the benefit of all the cities in the Red Oak area.”

5K Run

Founder’s Day begins with the Hawk Hustle 5K Run at 8 a.m. with registration for runners at 7 a.m. Runners will enter off Farm-to-Market 2377 (Louise Ritter) and go right onto Niven Way. Participants in the 5K run must have a signed waiver and a pass.

Parade

The Homecoming Celebration Parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. with float staging at 7:30 a.m. with 80 floats participating in this year’s parade. Some of the featured floats include Boys Scouts of America Troop 652, Cruizer’s Car Club, members of Lone Star Cowboy Church riding horses, Ellis County Amateur Radio Club, Flowforce Plumbing, state Rep. Jim Pitts, Rockett Baptist Church, Wells Fargo and Red Oak ISD.

“The size of this event has quadrupled in the last three years along with the city of Red Oak,” Oglesby said. “It’s practically busting at the seems.”

This year, guests can enjoy pony rides, four bounce attractions, a rock-climbing wall and an 80-foot long, 27-foot-tall water slide.

Vendors of various kinds including food, crafts, apparel, information, political, banks and others will be set up at Red Oak High School. Among the vendors are Pink Pig BBQ, Citizens National Bank, SAGU, Red Oak Area Chamber, Vintage Bank and Comfort Suites in Waxahachie.

“We also have karaoke and live music presented by DJ Don Baker,” Oglesby said.

‘Past, Present, Future’

The theme for this year’s Founder’s Day is “Past Present Future” as the Red Oak Area Chamber unites past, present and future for the event. The presenting sponsor is Linebarger, Goggan, Blair and Sampson LLP. The entertainment sponsor is Creekside Mirror and Glass.

Founder’s Day is arranged and coordinated by the Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce; it’s hosted by the Red Oak ISD and with the cooperation of the city of Red Oak.

The Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization whose membership is comprised of local businesses.

“The chamber works to unite businesses, civic organizations and educational leaders in order to form a more perfect community,” a spokesman said. “Since 1973 this unique partnership within the community has allowed for growth and development that has deemed Red Oak the perfect place to live.”

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