The wait is almost over.

The much anticipated “Picture Perfect Waxahachie” book published by Waxahachie-based commercial photographer Kevin Haislip is off the press and due to arrive for distribution this weekend.

“I’m very pleased with the production,” Haislip said, as he shared one of the copies he brought back with him from the book printing house in Kansas.

“The goal from the very beginning was to make this a community book about our community,” Haislip said. “A lot of people have contributed to this to make it what it is. “As much as possible, I tried to pick photographs and writers that would give a particular perspective of why they love our town, and to write in such a way as to be inviting to the reader.”

In addition to Haislip, local photographers Lynn Cromer, Ami Trull, Sally Owens, Lezley Norris and Daily Light Publisher/Editor Neal White have contributed eye-catching images that capture the heart and soul Waxahachie.

Serving as contributing copy editors for the book are Hilda Chapman, Bonnie Ramsey, Sheryl Sullivan and Jody Haislip.

Each chapter begins with an essay about our community written by contributors Wanda Cain, Waxahachie Mayor Joe Jenkins, Bob Lynn of M2Marketing, Waxahachie Chamber president Debra Wakeland, and White.

The 128-page book will be sold locally for $34.95 and may be purchased at several downtown merchants and the Ellis County Museum beginning this weekend.

A special book signing party has been scheduled from 5-8 p.m. July 10 at Johnny Carino’s Country Italian restaurant, with all the contributors scheduled to be on hand to sign copies, which will also be available for purchase at the event.

“The project has definitely been a labor of love,” Haislip said. “It’s providing me with the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people. I’m looking forward to getting it out in front of the community, because this book is about us and the town we know and love.”