Celina, Texas is a town of about 6,000, located in Collin and Denton counties. Excellent real estate is available to be purchased, and anyone can see the wonders of its country style homes and ranch properties. Talk about Friday Night Lights -- one noteworthy fact about Celina is the stratospheric level of interest in high school football. The Celina High Bobcats have a popularity and following that may even rival the Dallas Cowboys!
Celina was established in 1876, but settlers had established homes here much earlier. In October, 1879 a little settlement began to form a few miles southwest of the present day Celina. John T. Mulkey, Celina's first postmaster, renamed the town after Celina, Tennessee. The Methodist Church was built in 1880, and also doubled as the school for awhile. By 1885, a general store, mill, and a drug store had been opened in "Old Celina." Historical footnote: When the Frisco railroad line was established and "missed" passing through Celina, the merchants and residents set the town buildings on rollers and pulled it by tractor to the new site!
Attractions and Events
One of the most popular events is the Celina Balloon Festival. This annual event has bright balloons that feature wonderful colors and designs. In the evening, balloons light up to give a special show, and live music each year. There are inflatables for children as well as a petting zoo. Car enthusiasts will appreciate the Classic Car Show. There are more than 100 vendors that serve a large variety of food that everyone can enjoy. In addition to this, there are bumper boats, and a baseball tournament. Before Halloween is Trick or Treat on the Square, which provides children and parents a friendly place to have fun, food and fellowship. The Christmas season is celebrated with a tree lighting event as well as a craft show. The Cajun Festival celebrates part of the culture of the town and it includes a 5K race, food and music.
Parks and Recreation
There are three great parks that enhance the quality of life in the community. Old Celina Park is a terrific place for sporting events. There is an excellent playground for children as well as a catch and release fishing pond. A pavilion and concession stand provide a wonderful place to have lunch. Founds Station Park, which is in downtown, has amenities such as a playground, picnic tables, a horseshoe pit and a gazebo. Preston Streams Park is a wonderful place to play baseball or softball.
A great feature of the area for people who are looking at Homes for sale in Celina or ranch properties is the Celina Independent School District. Celina ISD has great academic ratings and excellent vision; “The mission of the District, as the primary educational entity, is to provide a safe, caring, structured learning environment where teachers educate and motivate students to become productive citizens of their community.”
Celina - A Small Town, Big on Community
Celina is certainly one of the most charming and desirable home towns in the north central Texas. With all the development in this region, there are many homes on the market to choose from. The smart move is to enlist the help of an experienced Realtor, so call Holly Milstead and The Milstead Team, 214-544-7653. They know Celina, and can help you find the perfect home!