Get your engines going for Nascar-style go-kart racing fun this weekend in historic downtown Waxahachie.

This is the fifth annual CNB of Texas Mini Grand Prix as hosted by the Waxahachie Lions Club. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Waxahachie Senior Citizens Center and other Lions Club-supported charities.

All activities will be held around the courthouse square and on surrounding streets, race co-chairman Wendy Poynor said.

“We’re looking for a big crowd to attend and help cheer on our 20-plus teams,” Poynor said, promising plenty of racing, fun, food and entertainment during the family-oriented event.

Pre-race activities kick off this evening with a carnival that has been set up at the corner of Jackson and Main (Martin Luther King) streets, with the carnival to be open through the weekend.

On Friday, pre-race activities begin with a concert by Shy Blakeman and the Whickey Fever Band sponsored by 106.9 The Ranch. Along with the food and entertainment, the 20-plus racing teams will be on display, vying for pre-competition honors of best dressed, best-looking car and most spirited.

Also, the Downtown Merchants Association has set up its artificial ice skating rink across from City Hall on Rogers Street, with skating offered from 6-10 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday.

On Saturday, activities begin with an exhibition race at 8:45 a.m. between two disc jockeys from 106.9 The Ranch, with qualifying heats for the mini grand prix set at 9.

Lunchtime entertainment will be by the Dakota Butler Band, with a second exhibition race at 12:45 p.m. with Hurst Brothers Racing.

At 1 p.m., qualifying heats resume, with the finals set for 3:30 p.m.

Poynor said race officials expect to crown the winners and present them their trophies between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

Additional activities include a pre-Farmers Market opening, with several vendors in attendance on Saturday, as well as a Mustang Trends classic Mustang car show sponsored by the Plaid Donkey, an Ellis County SPCA adoption clinic, a Kids’ Zone sponsored by the Daily Light and “lots of food,” Poynor said.

“KBEC is doing its flea market from the race Saturday morning, and The Ranch will be there on Saturday doing live remotes,” she said.

Title sponsor for the event is Citizens National Bank. Additional sponsors include the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau as sponsors of the race team contest and Victron Energy as sponsor of the officiating team.

Kenneth Denny is race chairman, with co-chairmen including Poynor, Clint Almand, Dusty Autry, Tommie Worthy, Dennis Anderson and John Landrum.

“This is a family-oriented event and we encourage people to join us for a fun day at the races,” Poynor said.

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