Lifestyles Home and Family Expo

It’s time again for the annual Waxahachie LifeStyles Home and Family Expo at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The expo will feature different businesses and restaurants from throughout the community and provide hours of entertainment, shopping, food and fun for all ages. The event will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 5.

The trade show will feature more than 130 different exhibits including clothing, home improvement, automobiles, health and wellness, radio and print media, real estate and much more. Exhibitors come from throughout the North Central Texas area.

Door prizes will be given away every hour as well as food samplings from local restaurants to give people a taste of Waxahachie. Adult tickets are $3 and children younger than 10 are free.

Mardi Gras

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The eighth annual Mardi Gras celebration – with activities planned for the entire family – is planned for March 5.

“This will be our eighth annual Mardi Gras on the square festival hosted by the College Street Pub. We are opening the event up to a greater amount of merchants or vendors, which is new to us,” restaurant owner and event organizer Wayne Strickland said.

The event is held at Singleton Plaza, across from College Street Pub. New additions to the event will be food vendors and a children’s entertainment area. Vendors interested in participating can contact Strickland.

The music for this year is a Dallas-based band called the Zydeco Stingrays. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. in Singleton Plaza in downtown Waxahachie, with the Zydeco Stingrays taking the stage at noon.

Another new feature for this year’s event is a gumbo contest, sponsored by the Odd Fellows, at 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the former Barbeque Pit, next to Singleton Plaza. All are welcome to participate; the entry fee is $10. The winner of the gumbo contest will receive two free tickets to the Odd Fellows ball, which is at 7 p.m. in the town square loft in downtown on Rogers Street. The top three gumbo cooks will have their product displayed and showcased at the ball that evening.

Tickets to the ball are $35 and include a full Cajun meal and live entertainment by the Zydeco Stingrays. At the ball there will be a silent auction featuring everything from products and services to local art.

A main part of the Mardi Gras celebration is the annual parade, which begins at 3 p.m. on Rogers Street and ends on College Street at the Pub. The entry fee for groups wanting to be in the parade is $10; beads are provided to each participant.

For more information about the ball, contact the Odd Fellows at 469-371-3491. Tickets for the ball can be purchased at College Street Pub, located at 210 N. College St. For information about the Mardi Gras event, contact Strickland at College Street Pub at 972-938-2062.

St. Patrick’s Day crafts at Sims Library

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents St. Patrick’s Day crafts for children ages 4-10. The event will feature children making Leprechauns and Pots of Gold. The program will be presented from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 5.

“Come have fun getting creative at the library,” a spokesman said.

Midlothian’s Got Talent

Midlothian High School choir’s annual talent show, Midlothian’s Got Talent, will be presented March 5.

See the blog at www.midlotalentshow.blogspot.com for more information or e-mail midlotalentshow@gmail.com.