DIBOLL —Another two years has passed, but Diboll Day was as festive as ever with thousands of locals turning out to celebrate the community Saturday in Old Orchard Park. Families and friends spent the mild weather day enjoying a parade, food and crafts vendors, a concert, and the long-anticipated crowning of the 2014 Diboll Day queen.
The 34th biennial day of festivities kicked off at 10 a.m. with the traditional parade. Participants ranged from miniature horses to colorful floats. After the parade, there was plenty to do and eat in Old Orchard Park before the queen coronation and grand prize drawings, including face painting and fried Oreos.
For the 2014 Diboll Day queen crowning, former queen Emily Parish passed on the crown to Kati Curtis, who raised the most money out of the candidates. A total of $137,526 was raised by all the candidates and will be used to support various organizations and events in the community.
“I would just like to say thank you again to everyone,” Curtis said. “Thank you to all the teams that work so hard for the community and our families.”
Curtis is the daughter of Larry and Brooke Curtis. As a member of the Diboll High School Class of 2016, she is an active member of many organizations, including FFA, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council’s Tobacco Prevention and Control Coalition (TPCC) and the varsity cheerleading squad. Other candidates for Diboll Day queen were Angela Concha and Sara Flowers.
The Lottie Temple Award was presented to Jay Wyatt, most well-known as the voice of the Lumberjacks. Wyatt has also served the community as a Diboll ISD school board member for 21 years, a member and deacon at the First Baptist Church of Diboll, a board member of the Diboll Booster Club since 1992 and the Diboll Day Booster Club President in 1996.
“Thank you so much. This is a great honor, and I wasn’t expecting it,” Wyatt said. “Diboll is a great town. When Kay and I moved here 33 years ago, we didn’t know we’d still be here 33 years from now ... and we’re not going anywhere.”
For the 2014 Diboll Day parade awards, winners included Diboll Particleboard in the industrial category, Diboll Junior High in both the civic and cheerleader categories, HEB in the independent category, Lee Woodward in the novelty category, New Breedz in the horse-drawn category, Hemphill in the twirler category, and Diboll High School in both the band and drum major categories.
“What a fantastic parade. This year we had over 65 entries,” said Michelle Driscoll, Diboll Booster Club Secretary. “I appreciate all the participants, all the volunteers and everybody who showed up to watch it.”
The raffle drawing winner of the 2014 Polaris Ranger 800 Grand Prize was Carlos Torress. Jeff Allen won the 2014 Polaris Youth 4-Wheeler and Joe Smart won the Remington 700 BDL Rifle. Additionally, Angela Concha won $100 for selling the winning raffle ticket.
Following the announcement of the various winners, locals enjoyed a performance from the internationally recognized Tribute Group and its “A Salute to the World Famous Platters” show.
Diboll Day originated in 1953 when discussions at the Antlers Hotel coffee shop led to a decision to raise money for local children and community programs.
Over the last 60 years, Diboll Day has raised over $5 million dollars for community projects such as the KST Child Care Center, the baseball complex and public swimming pools.
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