RED OAK

Food, games and fireworks were in store for the audience that filled the grounds and parking lots of The Oaks Church for the 12th annual Red Oak White and Blue event Saturday night.

This year marked the second consecutive year for the event to be held at church along Interstate-35E on the border of Waxahachie and Red Oak. The celebration of independence was formerly held in the park between city hall and the lake.

Red Oak parks board president Ginny Lindsey said, “We are very grateful to The Oaks for allowing us to have it here. When we had in the city park, it was very packed. Here, we have a place for everybody to go with plenty of parking. Also in the city park, we had to worry about the houses with the fireworks. We hated to move it from the lake, everyone loved the lake area, but this is a bigger space, and we can accommodate more people and kids.”

The front parking lot of the church was filled with games, rides and food vendors.

“We have a variety of out here," Lindsey added. "We have a new barbecue vendor to the Red Oak area, the kettle corn lady and the Pink Pig that has been a part of the Red Oak White and Blue for many years. Another new addition was the catfish vendor. This is their first year and looks like they are doing well. They make their own tartar sauce that I am told is great."

Games for kids included a maze race, rock climbing, and bog balls that the kids got inside and roll around.

The dunking booth was also a crowd favorite, as those throwing had an opportunity to dunk newly appointed Mayor Mark Stanfield, Police Chief Garland Wolf, and other local officials.

“I think there is some competition going on, but I’m not sure what,” Lindsey said.

Stanfill did take several dunks at the arm of a young lady with some experience — Cheryl Moore.

“Several years ago, I was the starting pitcher for the Oregon State Lady Beavers,” Moore ribbed.

Lindsey added, “Everyone out here is having a good time and that’s what we wanted. The only thing we would change is having more American flags to pass out."

The Red Oak White and Blue celebration was sponsored by The City of Red Oak Parks and Recreation Department, Citizens National Bank of Texas and

The Oaks Church.

“We are so grateful for each of the sponsors. We could not have as big of a success without them,” Lindsey said.

As the daylight turned to dark, the people began finding their place on the lawns for the fireworks show. It did not disappoint.

*All photos by Mike Sackett/Daily Light