Deryl Dodd, Cooter Graw to headline StarNite
Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor

July 21, 2004 -- The 2004 edition of Hopkins County Fall Festival is just two months away and board and committee members are working overtime to add at least two new major features to this year's event, scheduled for Sept. 11 through 18.

Along with StarNite, which will feature Deryl Dodd and Cooter Graw, the queen's pageant, quilt show and "42" tournament, plans are under way to bring an antique tractor pull to this year's Fall Festival, as well as a motorcycle rally.

Tickets for the Sept. 18 Deryl Dodd and Cooter Graw performance will go on sale at the Civic Center box office on July 31. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The tractor pull will be held in the arena at the Civic Center, and the motorcycle rally is slated to begin immediately following the festival's inaugural parade on Saturday, Sept. 11.

Fall Festival Board Chairperson Darla Reed said another change in store for this year's festival will be a shift in the types of food booths available.

"Instead of having the non-profit food booths, we're going to have commercial booths offering treats such as fresh-squeezed lemonade, turkey legs, smoothie drinks, hamburgers and funnel cakes," Reed said. "I think that will be fun and will feel more like a fair."

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, the festival will feature the annual Senior Citizens Day, which will be followed by the popular "42" tournament at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m., "Alina Tatum and Friends" will take center stage in the Civic Center auditorium with the annual program to benefit Drug Abuse Resistance Education programs in the county.

The gospel music show will be held the first Saturday of the festival, Reed said. Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Dairy Center and Museum are joining together to offer a special treat.

"They are going to have a big booth set up and cook homemade cookies all day Friday and Saturday and give cookies and free milk away," Reed said. "They did this at the State Fair and cooked over 150,000 cookies."

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