Doc Holliday festival brings thousands to downtown Denison

DENISON, Tex. (KXII) The Doc Holliday Saints and Sinners festival was hosted Saturday for the third year in downtown Denison.

American gunfighter, gambler and dentist Doc Holliday’s history in Denison traces back to the 1870s.

“Doc Holliday's mail came to Denison, and it wasn’t ever claimed. That’s how they were able to tie it to him because his name appeared in the newspaper saying he should've gotten his mail," said volunteer Brian Hander.

Three years ago, Denison decided to host a celebration in his honor with the festival, and it’s been growing ever since.

“It gets bigger every year, we expand every year," Hander said. "It's awesome."

Event goers could watch historical reenactments like gun fights, enjoy local shopping and food, go on carriage rides and listen to lots of music.

“We thought we would come out and see what it was all about," said local Leah Vickery. "This is our first time. We thought we would see what they have to offer. We’ve done the henna tattoo.”

It brought out thousands of people of all ages. Volunteers said they’re already preparing for next year.

“We’re really pulling together the community to do this," Hander said.

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