OVILLA — Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the City of Ovilla's annual celebration of its history and culture. Ovilla Heritage Day is set to take place from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 behind city hall.

“Heritage Day is a fall festival that celebrates the heritage of Ovilla, our founding fathers, and the wonderful things that there is to do in the community of Ovilla,” event organizer Jo Ann Graham said. “It is an opportunity for us to spend time with neighbors and enjoy all of their particular skills and crafts. It is also a chance to get ahead on your Christmas shopping.”

The event starts with the Heritage Day parade at 9 a.m., which starts at Ovilla Road Baptist Church. It then proceeds along Ovilla Road and Main Street to the park grounds behind city hall.

“The grand marshal of this year's parade will be Noma Lankford, owner of Happy House Day Care, where generations of Ovillians have received care in a warm and friendly environment,” Graham stated. “The parade will also feature U.S. Representative Joe Barton, State Representative John Wray and County Commissioner Kyle Butler. “

Graham noted that there would be a wide variety of floats from local groups. Marching bands and drill teams from Red Oak and Midlothian Heritage High Schools will take part in the parade, as well. The celebration will also have musicians and singers from the Red Oak Opry and dancers from She Dances.

“The parade is always a lot of fun. There are people on horseback in the parade. People are driving antique tractors and there are clowns. Lots of church and youth groups put together floats,” Graham explained. “ We have entertainment all day long. There is a giant tent with chairs where people can go in and out of the heat and sit and relax.”

There will be 80 vendors at this year’s celebration. Some of the vendors will be selling goods that include artisan products, handmade gifts, jewelry, craft goods and home décor items. Waxahachie Auto Plex and Carlisle Chevrolet will display their new 2017 and 2018 vehicles.

“There will be a display of Cruiser Cars featuring refurbished historic vehicles. Children will enjoy the petting zoo; bounce houses, and a unique bounce obstacle course. The Vertical Church will sponsor a vertical climbing wall,” Graham stated. “A wide variety of food vendors will present traditional festival foods and beverages and bake sales for all in attendance.”

For more information about how to become a vendor or for parade entry information contact Ashley Thompson with the City of Ovilla by email at thompson@cityofovilla.org. Additional information can be found on the city’s website at www.cityofovilla.org. Ovilla City staff can be reached at 972-617-7262. City Hall is located at 105 Cocker Hill Road in downtown Ovilla.

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