The Hopkins County Fall Festival will open Saturday morning with the annaul parade, beginning at Buford Park.
A week-long event, the Fall Festival will feature the parade lead by Pansy Bell and Hopkins County Regional Civic Center staff at 10 a.m.
On Monday, a golf tourney will be played, while the carnival cranks up on Wednesday and Cover Girl Contest events start on Thursday, Sept. 19. A whole slew of activities will be offered Friday and Saturday.
The event generally features a senior citizens day as well as kids day activities.
This year, events for individuals age 50 years and older will be on a different day — Friday, Sept. 20. The Senior Citizens 1K Geriatric Jog gets in gear in Buford Park by Kids Kingdom at 8 a.m. and the Senior Olympics in the Sulphur Springs High School Gymnasium at 9 a.m. Sept. 20.
The senior events feature four age category as well as a wheelchair, scooter and walker division. In Olympic style, first, second and third place medals will be given to the winners in each age group: 50-59 years, 60-69, 70-79, 80 and older; wheelchair, scooter and walker.
Traditionally, Fall Fest Friday is kids’ day, with numerous events scheduled on the Civic Center grounds for youngsters. This year, on Aug. 20 and 21, there will be Kids Celebration, a petting zoo, and balloon and face painting.
And of course, the young at heart can enjoy the carnival Wednesday-Saturday nights, as well as from noon to midnight Friday and Saturday. All-you-can-ride armbands good for one night each are generally available in advance or at the gate.
There will even be Civil War re-enactments on the Civic Center grounds both Friday and Saturday mornings. Arts and crafts booths and household arts contest displays will be open Sept. 20 and 21. The Creative Arts Contest entries will be on display in the Texas AgriLife Extension office.
The last two days of Fall Festival will also feature musical entertainment. Jeannie Lay and the Loose Cannons will perform Friday night, typically referred to as the street dance as it starts at 7 p.m. and people are encouraged to bring friends, kids and family, chairs or blankets to dance and enjoy the music. The Gospel Praise Fest, a longstanding tradition which generally features local performers sharing musical talents for an uplifting concert, begins at 9 a.m. at the sound stage. The Outta Hand Band, Two Hearts Plus, Heavener music and Jason Walton are also scheduled to perform during the festivities Saturday. Saturday at 7 p.m. kicks off The Break-out Tour, Christian music from Holly Starr, the OBB and Ryan Corn, in the Civic Center auditorium. At 8:30 p.m. Savannah Berry, an NBC “The Voice” contestant, will perform.
For a one-time fee of $5, fair patrons can gain entry to all Civic Center Arena events, with kids 12 and younger admitted for free, all day Saturday, Sept. 21. “Mutton Bustin’” includes preliminary heats at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., a second heat round at 3 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The Cody Hart Elite Miniature Bull Riding event will begin at 11 a.m., with the second round at 3 p.m. and finals at 6 p.m. The Cover Girl awards will be presented at 6 p.m.
Antique tractor enthusiasts can enjoy the Antique Tractor Pull from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, in the Civic Center Pavilion.
This year’s All-American Duck Race begins at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 on the fair grounds and will benefit Shadow Ranch. And domino players can try their luck at the annual Earl W. Martin 42 Tournament at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center.
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