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Hopkins County Dairy Udderances: Dates, motto set for 2017 Dairy Festival

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‘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.

   The first flight of the hot air balloons will be from the grounds of Shannon Oaks Church, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Friday, June 9. David and Pam Black ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) are the chairmen for all hot air balloon activities the first weekend of Dairy Festival. The balloons — or as we fondly call them, The Dairy-Aires — will be flying Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10, at dawn and at dusk, weather permitting. This year, we have 30 balloons planning to participate. Come see those gorgeous balloons and be part of the fun! 

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. 

If you want your “Little Kid” (boys and girls, ages 3-5) to be a part of the parade and pageant, contact Sheilah Hale at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or 817-228-8998. For parade information and registration, contact David Watson at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 903-439-5020, or register through the website: www.hopkinscountydairyfestival.com.

Any young woman who is a junior in a Hopkins County school may apply for consideration to be a candidate in this year's festival. If interested, contact Cindy Lancaster at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 903-439-5336, or Gena Prickette at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 903-243-4534 for information. Twelve places are available for contestants to compete in the coronation pageant. The 2017 Queen Coronation Pageant is on Saturday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center Auditorium. 

   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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