WAXAHACHIE

Pass "Go" and collect $200 after crossing through downtown and just before heading out on the Gingerbread Trail in the new Waxahachie-Opoly board game.

The Waxahachie-themed Monopoly game hit the shelves at the Waxahachie Walmart on Wednesday and can be purchased for about $20.

The game features favorite locations around town that include some outdoor places like the Waxahachie Sports Complex, Waxahachie Creek, Getzendaner Park, Lake Waxahachie, Chapman Park, Brown Singleton Park and Wags-A-Hachie Dog Park. The game board also includes downtown attraction like the Texas Theatre, the Ellis County Museum, the Ellis County Courthouse, the downtown square, Mosaic Madness, the Gingerbread Trail, Farmluck Soda Fountain, the Vault Smokehouse and Pop's Burger Stand.

A few streets and shopping centers were also recognized, such as U.S. Highway 77, Rogers Street, Towne Center, Waxahachie Crossing and South College Street. The Nicholas P. Sims Library, Waxahachie Civic Center, Waxahachie High School, Munster Mansion and Scarborough Renaissance Festival are on the game board, as well.

Waxahachie-Opoly will be sold throughout the year and holiday season at the Waxahachie Walmart. Shipments of the customized game arrived on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Ohio-based company, Late For The Sky, has created custom Monopoly boards since 1984. Jessica Staub, a Late For The Sky spokesperson, explained the company utilized a team of experienced researchers that review cities and use online reviews, visitors guides, chamber of commerce websites and local blogs to comprise a list of places locals and visitors know and love.

The Late For The Sky research team is continuously working to find new localized "Opoly" games.

“Waxahachie was a great place to include,” emphasized Staub.

A Waxahachie-centric Monopoly game has never been created by the company.

So far in 2018, Late For The Sky has created over 24 new city-Opoly games for the state of Texas alone. The company does customize games for businesses, communities and groups. The minimum order is 250 games.

“Waxahachie-Opoly is a game we worked on with Walmart to create, so it was set up a little differently than our custom games,” Staub explained.

To purchase a Waxahachie-Opoly board, visit the Walmart located at 1200 Dallas Highway. For more information on Lake For The Sky, visit, www.lateforthesky.com/board-games/city-games/waxahachie-opoly/.

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450