‘It's Your Moo-ve!’
The Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board of Directors is beginning preparations for the 2017 Dairy Festival! We have already received
lots of inquiries from interested participants — for the parade, the balloons and, of course, from candidates for the coronation pageant. The festival dates are June 9 through June 17. This year's theme is “It's Your Moo-ve!” Board President Carolyn McKinney will host the opening ceremony on Friday, June 9, at noon at Celebration Plaza.
All balloon activities are free and open to the public, as are all Festival activities, except for the queen coronation pageant. The queen contestants sell tickets to the pageant as part of their community activities, so please buy tickets from our contestants.
Where else but in Hopkins County could you see young ladies riding on handmade floats, along with little kids riding on their creative and clever mini-floats? And, the candidates will be milking real cows later that day, and so will their parents. Then, that same day, you can view hot air balloons at dawn and dusk, and at 4 p.m. on the Civic Center grounds, you can taste homemade ice cream from as many as 100 entries. Please visit our website: www.hopkinscountydairyfestival.com and click on schedule of events.
And, get your creative juices flowing as to how your float for the parade will represent our theme this year: “It's Your Moo-ve.” Just think board games of all kinds. Any organization, commercial enterprise or community group is welcome to enter a decorated float. Our fabulous and famous parade, with reigning Queen Miss Sadie Evans atop her regal float, leaves Buford Park at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 10.
The Parents' and Pageant Candidates' Reception will be on Monday, March 20, at the Southwest Dairy Museum. This will be an opportunity for potential contestants and their parents to learn about the activities and responsibilities of being a candidate for the title of Dairy Festival Queen 2017 and to ask questions of the board of directors. We have many talented and experienced board members who can help any potential candidate develop a talent presentation for the pageant.
The entire festival experience is the chance of a lifetime for young ladies. Former contestants have remarked over the years how rewarding it was having participated in Dairy Festival. It is a lot of good, hard work building their float, fun bonding with family and friends, and lots of laughter! They get to help crew the balloons, and might even get a ride. Candidates will learn interview skills, stage walking and correct posture, how to take a talent presentation from OK to great; and gain confidence in public speaking and conveying their goals and accomplishments to adults. And, most importantly, contestants and their parents learn how to milk a real cow!
The Hopkins County Dairy Festival is a tradition of 58 years and includes hot air balloons, a huge parade, a milking contest, a dairy foods contest, a 5K milk run, the Junior Dairy Show, a carnival and the coronation pageant. We also have the Texas Championship Ice Cream Freeze Off at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 10, sponsored by the Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce. These are all much-looked-forward-to and not-to-be-missed annual county events, so mark your calendars now. We'll see you there!
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