WAXAHACHIE — The Waxahachie Interdependent Order of Odd Fellows lodge is hosting its third annual Oddfest this Saturday.
The event is a celebration of art, entertainment and community fellowship and will be held 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Singleton Plaza located on College Street in downtown Waxahachie.
The event is free and open to the public to attend. The proceeds from the sale of drinks, T-shirts and vendor spaces will go to benefit the lodge’s building fund to restore its lodge located on South Rodgers Street.
According to the Ellis County Museum website, the Waxahachie Odd Fellows lodge was first established in 1859. It was re-established after the Civil War in 1871 and the Odd Fellows organization was set up as a benevolent organization to help care for members of the community.
“In the Odd Fellows, there are really four things we do. We do our duty to visit the sick, relieve the distressed, bury the dead and educate the orphans. The arm of that we choose to focus on relieves the distressed,” Odd Fellow Treasurer Jeff Browning said. “Throughout the year, there are people down on their luck. We hear about them. They may be in the hospital, not earning a check, and we will help them out with that. We give a scholarship out every year. We have also given money out to an older person who could not afford their electricity bill.”
Browning said the group has been meeting at its current location since 1912. The funds raised through Saturday’s event are expected to help reframe the windows on the building.
Oddfest will feature live music and 15 different artists from around the area. The artists will have their art on display and for sale, including retired Waxahachie High School art teacher Carl Block. According to a previous Daily Light article, Block is a potter and some of his work is in the Smithsonian Institute.
Live music will start at about 11 a.m., and Oddfest will also feature food and craft beer donated from several breweries. There will also be soft drinks and water available for purchase as well.
Browning added, “We hope the people will buy a lot of art from our vendors and we can start doing this every year. They can expect to be entertained and have a good time. We have a lot of good artists that are coming in from out of town. You can bring your kids down. It is family friendly. It is just going to be a fun time had by all.”
Participants can make a donation to the building fund by speaking with any Odd Fellow during the event. Donations can also be dropped off at the lodge during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays. The lodge is located at 200 S. Rogers St. in Waxahachie.