Ovilla Heritage Day

The Ovilla Heritage Day Parade begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, with grand marshal and volunteer of the year, Dale Helm.

Live music begins 9:30 a.m. with the Red Oak High School marching band, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Texas Prairie Band from 10:15-11 a.m., Encounter Band from 11:15 a.m.-noon, the Cowboy Band of Ellis County from 12:15-1 p.m., Salt Rock Rounder from 1:15-2 p.m. and Blue Grass Jam from 2-4 p.m.

Festivities include food sales, craft booths, games, pageantry, antique appraisal, children’s activities, petting zoo, horse carousel by A One of a Kind Pony Party, Ovilla Service League bake sale, bounce house, face painting and a raffle by the Ovilla Service League in which a Nintendo Wii will be won.

For more information, call Miykael Reeve at City Hall (972) 617-7262 or parade chairman Larry Stevenson at (972) 217-1222.

Texas Antique Alley and Maypearl Country Fair

Texas Antique Alley starts Friday, Sept. 21, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 23, from Maypearl along Farm-to-Market 66 to Farm-to-Market 916 to Grandview and Farm-to-Market 4 to Cleburne.

The event includes 25 miles of antiques, yard sales and store sales. In the city of Maypearl, Triple T Amusement Carnival will be set up behind Cowboy Bank and there will be rides, games and food.

Maypearl activities open at 3 p.m. Friday, at 11 a.m. Saturday and are from noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

On Friday, Sept. 21, there will be homecoming events including a parade at 2 p.m. through downtown Maypearl with the game at 7 p.m. at Maypearl High School.

Maypearl is holding its annual Country Fair in conjunction with Antique Alley. Activities include a car show in the morning and a fashion show in the afternoon. There will be demonstrations by the Maypearl cheerleaders, the Dance Studio and other local talent. Live bands will perform in the early evening. Vendors are still welcome. Call (817) 308-4797.


The fifth annual St. Joseph Catholic School Oktoberfest will be Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Ellis County Youth Expo, located at 2300 W. U.S. Highway 287 Bypass in Waxahachie.

Events include a 5K and fun run, with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Game and vendor booths open at 10 a.m., with performances and entertainment throughout the day. There will be a karaoke contest, washer tournament, bake off, silent auction and drawings.

All proceeds benefit St. Joseph Catholic School.

Visit www.oktoberfestwaxahachie.com.

Gecko program

Nicholas P. Sims Library presents a free children’s program with John Edwards about geckos from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. This program is for ages 3-10 and their families.

Farmers Market

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday and continues through Oct. 27 at the south end of the Ellis County Courthouse on Franklin Street between Rogers and College streets. Master Gardeners are on site to answer questions.

Farewell reception

First Baptist Church of Waxahachie is having a farewell reception for Dr. Ira Pinkston; Jennifer Pinkston; their two daughters, Joy Pinkston and Melody Pinkston; and Ira’s grandmother, Velma Pinkston. The reception is being held in Epton Hall at the church from 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. The community is invited.

Bridal Extravaganza

The fourth annual Waxahachie Bridal Extravaganza will take place from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, with more than 50 bridal professionals on hand. Admission is $3 and guests may register to win prizes. There will be a fashion show and information and presentations.