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Planning for 40th annual Fall Festival under way

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(Editor’s Note: Beginning today, Hopkins County Fall Festival Board President Ina Gore will begin providing readers of MySSnews.com with regular updates on plans for the 40th Annual Fall Festival.)

January begins Festival planning time again all over the state, and the Hopkins County Fall Festival Board of Directors is no exception. Our recent trip to the annual Texas Fair and Event Convention in Austin was very successful and brought lots of fresh ideas and new entertainment to the table for discussion.

The upcoming 40th anniversary of the Hopkins County Fall Festival was a hot topic during the recent planning meeting of the Fall Festival Board members. With the Chamber of Commerce moving the Stew Cook-off to the City Park this year, we are now more flexible in the entertainment we can provide on the grounds. Our carnival will be moving back to the fairgrounds across the creek. We are very pleased and excited about this as it will give more access to our fairgoers since there is only a short walk across the foot bridge to the area. It is also more convenient for Triple T Amusements, because we provide hook-ups for their trailers at that site.

We have traditionally held “StarNite” on the last day of the festival, and this year will be no exception. We are looking at an event that will involve folks of all ages, as well as offer church groups a way to do fund-raising for their ministries or youth groups. More information will be forthcoming; as soon as all the details are worked out we will let everyone know, so be watching for that.

Clowns, the petting zoo and kiddies' shows have always been a part of our fair, and this year we will have even more. It is our belief that if you don’t have things for the kids to do, you don’t have a fair. This year, with our ability to expand, there will be plenty for the youths to do. We are looking at many possibilities, depending on availability, such as pony rides, a rock climbing wall, a mechanical bull, and more.

Many festival attendees’ favorites will return, such as the Antique Tractor Pull, the Cover Girl Contest, Gospel SongFest, golf tournament, Household Arts Contest, Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Quilt Show, the pet show, free street dance and fishing contest, along with arts and crafts, commercial exhibitors and those wonderful food vendors. There are just too many things to list here, but we have a complete schedule in the works.

We are also planning a 40th Anniversary Cookbook. Lisa Smithers has been contacting past members of the Hopkins County Fall Festival to obtain recipes. I encourage everyone who has been a volunteer or had anything to do with the Festival in the past 40 years to submit your recipe to Lisa’s email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by mail to P.O. Box 177, Sulphur Springs, TX 75483.

Signs and decorations are other things we will be adding to the fairgrounds for our 40th anniversary. We’ll tell you more about this project at a later time. Our sponsorship packages will be enhanced to encourage more organizations to become involved in underwriting a portion of the Fall Festival.

More next month ...

Ina Gore

Hopkins County Fall Festival Board president




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