14th Annual Ovilla Heritage Day, September 25, 1999
Ovilla Heritage Day
Founded in 1844 in Ellis County, Texas, one year before Texas became a state, Ovilla is a place of fertile land, towering trees, and rolling terrain. The community remains
small and close-knit, having no schools and a rural carrier for
mail, but it boasts two historical markers, a volunteer fire
department with certified EMTs and paramedics, a mayor and
five-member city council, a planning and zoning commission and
board of adjustments -- all serving without pay!
By decree of Mayor A.C. Phillips in October 1985,
Ovilla Heritage Day was instituted as an annual celebration of the
history and heritage of Ovilla. The 14th Ovilla Heritage Day,
September 25, 1999, celebrated the strong sense of volunteerism,
community pride, and togetherness that creates a special quality of
life in Ovilla. It was marked by a parade, musical and dance
performances, and a special salute to World War II veterans, who
served as parade marshals. Nearly 100 booths offered for sale a
variety of foods and an array of crafts. The event was documented
in a video presentation by a team of volunteers coordinated by the
mayor. Other documentation includes a two-page report, a poem, a
poster, flyer, ribbons, local newspaper coverage, and
Originally submitted by: Joe Barton, Representative (6th District).
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