The Hopkins County Fall Festival Board of Directors met in February in the Civic Center for their monthly planning meeting for the 2009 Hopkins County Fall Festival.
Discussions began with reviewing some old business provided by Carmen Crouse, secretary. One item was in regard to pony rides for the youth entertainment center of the fair. It was decided that a company out of Mesquite would provide a six-pony carousel. We are so happy to be able to bring ponies in this year. In talking to other fair planners in Texas, this is a very popular item with children and will be a great addition to our petting zoo. Last year, the young ones were lined up to get in the pen to pet the small animals. Our “Kids Entertainment Zone” will cover a variety of ages and have something for everyone this year.
We are excited about being able to incorporate the 4-H Horse Club into our fair this year. We had planned to have them do a review at the 2008 Fall Festival; however, Hurricane Ike forced us to cancel most of the first weekend’s activities. Julie Hutchins gave us an update of their plans for the coming season. They will be doing some demonstrations using the Pavilion, which will bridge the gap between the Stew Cook-off and the Fair Grounds. We are happy to have Julie and the 4-H Club on board with HCFF. She is doing a good job promoting this club.
As usual, we will have a variety of street-fare foods available for fair-goers. Malisa Beck is chairperson of the Commercial Food Booths and is already busy getting her vendors lined up for the fall event and will include the usual corn dogs, burgers, sausage on a stick, shaved ice, upside down lemonade, and maybe fried Twinkies or some other delicacy.
Cover Girl Chairperson Tracy Dennis says that her Cover Girl information and registration packets are ready to be distributed to the schools. Cover Girl registration is open to any high school junior residing in Hopkins County. It is a fun competition, and many of the girls make lifelong friendships, says Tracy. You may call her at 903-885-9366 if you have anyone who would like to participate.
We welcome Denise Null back on board with the Fall Festival. Denise is a former member and past president and we are glad she is back. She brings a lot of experience with her and has agreed to assume her former position of securing corporate sponsorship for the Fair. We are equally pleased to have Patti Sells present and volunteering for Fall Festival. Which brings me to an important subject: We are very open for anyone who would like to volunteer to help with Fall Festival events. It takes a lot of manpower and willing workers to organize and put on an event of this magnitude. We need and can use anyone that can sacrifice some of their time to assist us. You may contact any of the board members or me to attend one of our meetings to see if it is a fit for you. Dr Chris Hammons, a local chiropractor, has volunteered to oversee the Youth Fishing Tournament. He said he recalled his Dad taking him when he was small and how much he enjoyed it. He said he was happy for the opportunity to give back to his County Fair.
An event that Susan Neal, vice president, has in the planning stage is a pie cooking contest. When asked about the possibility of a Pie Eating Contest, she replied, “Just let me get them cooked first. Then we’ll worry next year about eating!” I also want to remind everyone again about the 40th Anniversary Fall Festival Cookbook. Past board members and volunteers should submit their recipes to Cindy Smithers at:
or mail them to: P.O. Box 177, Sulphur Springs, TX 75402.
For several years Fall Festival has made raffle tickets available to win a collector’s shotgun. This is one of the ways FF generates revenue to finance the many free activities of the fair.
This year, we will be offering a vacation package with the winner being able to have their choice of the destination. Fall Festival Board Treasurer Cheyenne Smithers is working out the details of this package with a local travel agency. Ladies, this will be something you won’t mind purchasing a ticket for! I wish I was eligible to enter this one.
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