Dairy Fest lifts off tonight with hot air balloon glow

Parade, ice cream contest highlight events Saturday

From Staff Reports

June 8, 2007 - Hopkins County Dairy Festival kicks off it's week-long tribute to the dairy industry this weekend with a hot air balloon rally, the 5K Milk run, the parade, the milking contest, the ice cream freeze-off, the Corvette show, the dairy foods contest, the dairy show, 4-H Project show and more.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

The 2007 Hopkins County Dairy Festival will "lift off" tonight with the Hot Air Balloon "Tether & Glow" at 6 p.m., located off of Gladys Alexander across from the Sulphur Springs High School practice field. 

The  activities begin tonight at 6 p.m. with the Hot Air Balloon Tether and Glow at Sulphur Springs High School. The Hot Air Balloon Rally & Flight continues at 6 a.m. Saturday with a flight, then a rally and glow at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The balloon rally will conclude Sunday with the competitive flight at 6:30 a.m. Dozens of balloon aficionados had already confirmed as of last weekend. Contact Pam Black at 903-885-1420 or 439-4327 for information.

The 8th Annual Milk Day Run will also be held Saturday. The event is actually a 5 kilometer walk or run and a 1K Kids Run/Walk. The 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the Kids Run at 7:30 a.m. Male and female trophies will be awarded in the following age categories less than 12 years, 12-15 years, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69 and 70 and older, plus first through third for overall male and female, and first male and female master age 40-plus.

Those planning to participate should report to the Coleman Park Athletic Complex. Adults not already registered will be assessed an $18 entry fee, and kids $10. For more information call Brett Bassham at 903-885-8245.

Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday will be the Dairy Foods Contest, and from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. the 4-H Project Show, hosted by Hopkins County Extension Office, at Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. For information about the 4-H event contact Barbara Sanders, and for Dairy Foods Johanna Hicks, both at 903-885-3443.

Departing from Buford City Park at 11 a.m. will be the annual Dairy Fest Parade, which will include floats and entries on this year's fest theme, "Moo-Niversities." David, Linda, Alan and Kim Screws are being honored by the Dairy Fest board, who have asked the long-time dairy family from Pine Forest to lead the parade as this year's marshals.  The Screws family will be easily recognizable as the grand marshals of the parade. Not only will they be at the front of the processions, you can't miss their ride — children will immediately identify the train as one they have ridden on in December when Alan and Kim offer free rides throughout their property, better known to kids as The North Pole of Texas.

For more information about the parade contact Mike Blount at 903-885-7729 or Terry Blount 903-885-9521.

The 3rd Annual Corvette Show & Shine, sponsored by Community Bank and Gober-Merrell Auto Group, will be held on the Civic Center grounds from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Call 903-885-9444 to have a registration packet mailed.

Also beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday will be the annual 42 Tournament in the Civic Center Exhibit Hall. Call 903-243-4941 for more information.

At 3 p.m. the queen contestants will each take a turn at milking a cow, part of the pageant activities, in the Civic Center Arena

Then at 4 p.m. Saturday will be the Texas State Champion Homemade Ice Cream Freeze-Off, sponsored by Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce on the Chamber grounds. For $3, you get a bowl, spoon and the opportunity to eat all you want of the ice cream made by the contestants, as well as by the Chamber Board and Ambassadors Club, until it's all gone.

Awards will be presented in to the top plain, fruit and novelty ices in three divisions: Super Scoops, a category of past winners who will compete with each other in all flavors; Big Dips, competitors ages 15 and up; and Little Dips, entrants ages six to 14. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce, 903-885-6515.

The evening's activities Saturday will conclude with a performance by 2nd Haywood Band on Coca-Cola Soundstage beginning at 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs to enjoy.

The festival fun will continue  Wednesday, June 13 through Saturday, June 16, with a carnival on the Civic Center grounds nightly at 5 p.m. Arm band nights will be Wednesday and Thursday.

Things will really get in high gear Saturday, June 16, with the NETLA Jr. Dairy Show at 10 a.m. in the Civic Center Arena; Dairy Day in the Park from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on the chamber grounds, including a watermelon feast and the 1st Annual Cow Calling Contest; and Dairy Festival Queen Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Auditorium.

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