RED OAK — Commemorating its rich heritage, the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 39th annual Founder’s Day celebration this Saturday, Sept. 9.

Being one of the largest Red Oak events with an attendance of over 3,000 participants recorded in 2016, this year’s themed, “Under the Big Top,” celebration has planners expecting another large turnout.

“We have several vendors, and we’re close to 100 businesses that have joined,” described Shelley Martinez, President of the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce. “We have family-fun entertainment and activities for the day.”

Sponsored by Driggers and Decker Family Funeral Home, Martinez also acknowledged sponsors Life School, Linebarger, Knapheidi, Faith Fellowship, and Hilco Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Martinez also recognized Roach Waste Company, Atmos Energy, Waxahachie’s Baylor Scott and White Medical Center — Waxahachie, Waste Connection, Inc., Community National, and Greatwood Custom Homes as part of the sponsorship collection.

According to historical documents provided by the City of Red Oak, the city was settled by Colonel James E. Patton and his family when they moved near Red Oak Creek in 1844, pioneering the town into what it is today.

Since the establishment of the first church in 1847 to the first store and post office founded in 1852, Red Oak’s legal incorporation as a city under Texas Local Government Code was recognized in 1949, later celebrated in 1978.

From 2000 to 2010, the population of Red Oak increased over 150 percent and has continued that expansion, now with 1,692 residents added in a 2016 census.

Recognizing that history plays a significant part in Red Oak’s identity, this year’s Founder’s Day will celebrate all that was and is currently. The event kicks off Saturday morning with a parade starting on Main Street and ending on Waller Avenue.

The festival’s main attractions will be later held at Watkins Park for the rest of the afternoon.

From bounce houses to balloon twister, the Chamber’s press release also mentions that the anniversary will also include live entertainment, a variety of food, cowboy fun from the Lone Star Cowboy Church, live bands and a DJ.

“We also have the Jason Herrin Band that will be performing and some other bands as well,” Martinez described. “So we’re pretty excited about it.”

The press release also notes that though the Red Oak Road to Live Oak will be closed to traffic at 8:45 a.m. for the parade. Onlookers are more than welcome to park their vehicles at The Lions Club, the Red Oak Parks & Recreation Department, the grassy area on the corner of Live Oak and Red Oak Road, First United Methodist Church, and the Red Oak ISD Administration offices.

As Saturday’s festivities near, Martinez encourages the community to join this year’s Founder’s Day for a time worth having.

“Our hope would be that the community would come together to enjoy a day of family-filled fun,” Martinez concluded.

The Red Oak 39th Founders Day is scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 9 at Watkins Park on 101 Live Oak, Red Oak, at 9 a.m. For more information or to connect with the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce, visit redoakareachamber.org or call (972)-617-0906.

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Chelsea Groomer, @ChelseaGroomer

(469)-517-1450