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Fall Fest: Why we do what we do

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What an exciting time for the 40th Annual Hopkins County Fall Festival with less than 4 weeks left to tie up all the loose ends for the 2009 fair.

The current board of directors are hosting a come-and-go reception for past festival presidents, past board members and volunteers on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Comfort Suites. It will be great time for reminiscing about past festivals and the way things “used to be!”

If you are a former member or volunteer and for some reason have not been contacted, please call Susan Neal at 903-945-2722 for information. We are hoping to see and honor the many that have made contributions to Hopkins County Fall Festival.

Here is a little more information on the First Annual Baby Crawling Contest. Victoria Smith and MOPS are hard at work to make this a fun event. Flyers and applications will be available next week to register your baby for this event.  You may also go online to www.hopkinscountyfallfestival.com to print off the entry form.

Entry Rules:

1. Babies (entrants) must be between 6 and 12 months of age and not yet walking.

2. Entrants must be residents of Hopkins County.

3. Entry forms must be received by Victoria Smith no later than 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18.

4. Only one adult may accompany the baby on the “race track.”

5. Babies will crawl the length of the “race track,” which will be approximately 14 feet in length.

6. At no time can the parent or guardian enter the boundaries of the “race track” without disqualification.

7. Should there not be a winner at the end of three minutes, the baby closest to the finish line will be declared the winner.

8. Each baby is required to wear a disposable or regular diaper underneath their regular clothes.

For more information call Victoria Smith at 903-243-2202 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Boondock Deacon’s Band from Omaha will be performing outside on the Sound Stage on Saturday, Sept. 19, before, during and after the First Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest. There are lots of young and not so young folks who are pretty good eaters, so get the palate all prepared for one of the most fun contests we have ever had. All rules and forms will be available in the next few days on our web site.

There will be two categories in the contest – 10 thru 13 years old and 14 years old and up. There will be trophies and bragging rights for the winners.

Thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, the Fall Festival will be hosting the annual Duck Race held right after the Hopkins County Stew judging on Sept. 19. It will be at the usual place, the creek on the Civic Center grounds. We will have plenty of places for you to purchase your cuck prior to the contest.

Just look for the “Yellow Duck Displays” around town. Duck tickets will also be available at the festival ticket booths during the fair – or just look for the yellow shirts and “duck hats” wandering around the grounds!

The outdoor sound stage is the place you want to be to perform free outdoor musical entertainment. If you have a band and would like to perform at one of the slots on the sound stage during the Festival – contact Joyce Davis at 903-885-6176 for availabilities.

Here is a partial list of entertainers; The Cross Timber Cowboy Church of Mahoney on Saturday, Sept. 12, beginning at 1 p.m.; Tuesday – Cross Country Cowboy Church on Tuesday Sept. 15, at 7 p.m.; Wesley Methodist Praise Band will be performing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.; Enola Gay and Curt Bittner will perform on Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.; and a group from Sulphur Springs Center for Dance will perform on Friday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. There are still some times available if you want to perform.

The Annual Youth Fishing Contest will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, at Coleman Lake at Coleman Park. We really want to encourage you to bring your youngsters out and let them participate in this fun event. It starts at 9 a.m. and goes through 11 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for the “longest” fish in 3 age categories: ages 2 through 5, 6 through 9 and 10 through 14 years of age. Kids will need to bring their fishing gear and bait. Water and drinks will be provided for the participants.

Saturday Sept. 12, will be the 4th Annual Trades Day in the Park held on the Civic Center grounds under the trees. Be sure to reserve your space. There will be lots of activity happening on the grounds with the 4-H Livestock Show, the 42 Tournament and the Gospel SongFest.

In addition, the Cover Girls’ floats will be on display for a few hours for those who would like to see up close, all the thought and work that goes into a building a float. I had the opportunity last year for the first time and was so impressed that each float depicted every event of the festival. These girls are pretty sharp, coming up with some very innovative details.

There are new happenings for the 30th Annual Gospel SongFest, Saturday Sept. 12, at 3 p.m. This year, we are featuring area and/or local bands along with individuals who are full-time or part-time ministers of the gospel in song. These groups or individuals spend many of their weekends traveling to venues that spotlight or have need of Christian music, whether at churches, concerts halls, homecomings or private parties.

Buddy Gore is chairman of this event and can be contacted at 903-885-4262 for more information. A few of the groups you will be hearing are The Pleasant Mountain Boys of Mount Pleasant, the Wallace Family of Emory,  Tommy Peugh of Sulphur Springs  and the Gore’s own group Psalm 100 and the Joyful Noise Band of Sulphur Springs.

All of these groups or individuals have projects that have been professionally recorded and have been released for radio air play. The event takes place in the comfort of the Civic Center Auditorium.

 

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