RED OAK – A large crowd, including members of the Red Oak Chamber of Commerce, was on hand Monday for the grand opening and ribbon cutting of a new Dairy Queen.

The owner, Bobby Glass, who opened the Waxahachie Dairy Queen on Aug. 2, 2010, expressed his appreciation to the community of Red Oak and chamber for their support.

“We are excited to bring this to Red Oak. We didn’t want Waxahachie to outdo Red Oak,” said Glass with a chuckle. “We have so many friends in Red Oak as well as Waxahachie and we’re just happy to bring this gig to Red Oak.”

Glass had a long list of people to thank for their help on the project.

“First of all, I want to thank my Lord for all his leadership and help during this time,” Glass said. “Then I want to thank my director of operations, Robert Daniels; Bryan Leintz, general manager; and A.R. Lay Construction Company out of Tyler – they finished the building in 97 days,” Glass said. “I also want to thank my wife, Angie, for putting up with me.”

Glass then paid special tribute to his dad, evangelist Bill Glass of Waxahachie, who was also present for the ceremony. The elder Glass has been billed as one of the greatest defensive ends in the National Football League, playing for the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in the 1960s.

“I just want to thank my dad, who is here today, for raising me to be a tough competitor,” Glass said.

Others on the Dairy Queen proprietor’s thank you list included First Community Bank, Todd Fuller representing the city of Red Oak, the city’s Economic Development Corporation and its building inspectors.

Nita Monroe Glass, 9-year-old daughter of Bobby and Angie Glass, who will enter the fifth grade at St. Joseph Catholic School in Waxahachie, delivered a sales pitch to the crowd and sang the “D.Q. — what I like about Texas” jingle for the crowd.

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