WAXAHACHIE

Four generations of Singletons have operated Citizens National Bank of Texas, which ushered in its 150th anniversary Friday evening with a parking-lot festival.

On July 6, the community gathered at Singleton Plaza to celebrate the milestone with family fun, Texas grub and lots of free giveaways. Door prizes were announced every 10 — 15 minutes, and a grand prize raffle awarded $1,500.

Lines of residents and supporters wrapped around the parking lot, waiting to sink their teeth into Kidwell’s BBQ & Catering — burgers, corndogs, barbeque and funnel cakes. New Orleans Style Shaved Ice also served colorful snow cones, perfect for the steamy evening.

Children transformed with face paint and imaginations were even entertained by a balloon artist. Kids bounced in houses and slid down inflatable slides while everyone had a bullseye at the dunk tank.

CNB President and CEO Mark Singleton issued the event's remarks, relaying the mission of CNB is “service above self, invest in tomorrow and looking to the future.”

Singleton stated he looks forward to the next 150 years and emphasized the importance of relationships.

“But what it all comes down to is us — it’s people,” Singleton expressed. “You and I work shoulder to shoulder working to build common dreams, just live life, cry together and get through the blessings and the nightmares and look back and go, ‘look at what we’ve been a part of.’ And that’s really what this dedication is."

He introduced Robin Cloyd the CNB chairperson. Singleton’s father served as chairperson prior.

Cloyd then voiced the positive relationships of the dedicated board of directors and 200 over employees.

“I want to say a big thank you to our whole CNB family for getting us to where we are but to also out customers for making them look good and us too,” Cloyd stated.

To commemorate the anniversary, State Rep. John Wray presented a framed resolution he had passed in August 2017. He proceeded to read the resolution that reflected the history of the bank and its philanthropic impact on a range of citizens.

“We have a special situation here in our home,” Wray stated. “And the philanthropy of the bank is very well known but the simple fact is that this bank and this family has supported this community in many other ways.”

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Ashley Ford | @aford_news | 469-517-1450