OVILLA –The city of Ovilla came together Saturday to cerebrate the city’s heritage with its 26th annual Heritage Day Celebration as vendors and entertainers filled the park behind City Hall for the day long celebration.

The annual Heritage Day Parade kicked off the day’s activities with several dignitaries, including Congressman Joe Barton and State Rep. Jim Pitts leading the parade. This year’s parade grand marshals were Eagle Scouts Brain Ferguson and Chris Hogue.

During opening ceremonies, Ovilla Mayor Bill Vansyckle read a proclamation honoring Ferguson and Hogue, noting: “These young men are the example of the future of Ovilla.” Councilman Doug Hunt announced the winners of this year’s float contest. The Best Wrap award went to the Miltary Jeep. The best theme award went to Boy Scout Troup 554 and the most unique was awarded to the Hella Temple Shriner’s Flying Fez group. The Ellis County Republican Women took the most spirit honors.

For the Mayor’s Choice recognition, Vansyckle’s selected the Ovilla Church of Christ entry. 

Vansyckle said this year was one of the largest parades in festival history and added there was an increase in the number of vendors with approximately 100 vendors participating. Several entertainment groups entertained the crowd under the main tent on the festival grounds.

The activities went through the afternoon ending around midafternoon.