Iris giveaway at Farmers Market

Ellis County Master Gardeners will host their annual iris giveaway at their booth at the Farmers Market on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Waxahachie Night Out

Waxahachie’s National Night Out event will be held Oct. 1.

“We have six active neighborhood watch groups within Waxahachie and they will all be hosting parties for their individual neighborhood,” said Waxahachie Officer Wess Winn, who serves as the community service/crime prevention officer.  “I know in the past we have had citywide celebrations, but that is not what National Night Out is meant to be.

“Night Out originated in the neighborhoods and over the past few years many communities and police/sheriffs departments are making every effort to put it back into the neighborhoods,” he added.

Groups that are hosting celebrations include:

• The Main Street Neighborhood Watch group. That event will take place in the 700 block of Main Street starting at 10 a.m. and lasting utill noon.

• The Lawndale Circle Neighborhood Watch will host its event in the Lawndale cul-de-sac from 10 a.m. utill noon.

• The Saddlebrook Estates Neighborhood Watch group will be hosting its event from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the gazebo by the community pool. Members of Air Evac Life Team will land one of its helicopters that will be on display during the event.

• The Lakewood Neighborhood Watch group celebration will be held from noon-2 p.m. in the 300 block of Lakewood.

• The Northgate Neighborhood Watch group will hold its event from noon- 2 p.m. in the 100 block of Big Bend.

• The Buffalo Ridge Neighborhood Watch group will host its event from 1-3 p.m. Members of PHI will land one of its helicopters that will be on display during the event.

For more information on any of the Waxahachie Night Out events, contact Winn at 972-937-9940.

Ferris Pioneer Days

Sponsored by the Lions Club of Ferris, the “Pioneer Days” festival began in 1974 to celebrate the 100th birthday of the city of Ferris. This year the parade starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, and winds through Ferris’ small yet historic downtown.

Throughout the day, live music surrounds street vendors who sell food, arts and crafts, paint faces for kids and offer various items for sale.

Typically there are many activities for the kids, including a rock-climbing wall, bounce house, slides, pony carousel and a petting zoo.

The grand marshal (called the pioneer of the year) is always a long time resident of Ferris who is honored for his or her service to the community. The evening dance will feature the popular MidTown Playboys.