Applications for Fall Festival pageant due Aug. 1

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

June 29, 2007 - Although the event is more than two months away, Hopkins County Fall Festival are already busy planning this year's week-long fair, especially the Cover Girl pageant committee.

Staff Photo by Angela PItts

2005 Fall Festival Cover Girl Michelle Gregory (right) honors Helena Wall of Sulphur Bluff as the 2006 Cover Girl during last year’s pageant.

They are currently accepting applications from girls interested in competing for the Cover Girl title and scholarships, and the deadline to enter is getting closer.

Young ladies in the area who meet the guidelines have until Wednesday, Aug., 1 to get all their information to pageant organizers. They must submit applications which include their name, address, the school they attend, phone number and parents' names, to Kelly Stonaker by that date. For applications and further information about participation, contact Stonaker at 903-243-4300.

Each girl is required to be an 11th grade student at a school serving Hopkins County residents — Como, Cumby, Miller Grove, North Hopkins, Saltillo, Sulphur Bluff, Sulphur Springs and Yantis. She must also have maintained an overall B grade average or better during the school year.

Participants are required to participate in the Fall Festival parade and a window display, are charged with selling 150 raffle tickets and maintaining an activity signature list.

They will also compete for points in eight timed events — a pig scramble, calf scramble, catching and tying a goat, tractor driving through an obstacle course, bottle feeding of a calf, milking a cow, saddling and mounting of a horse and the dreaded cutting up a chicken — for points.

The winner will not only be featured on the cover of next year's Fall Festival catalog, but will also receive a $750 scholarship to be used at the school of her choice and $100 in gift certificates. The scholarship will be paid in $375 increments a semester upon proof of enrollment, but must be claimed within two years of high school graduation. She will also be required to attend 80 percent of all ribbon cuttings and other civic events held in the county throughout her year's reign, at her expense, or forfeit her scholarship.

The first runner-up will be awarded a $500 scholarship and $75 in gift certificates, while the second runner up will be awarded $50 in gift certificates. The pageant contestants will also vote by secret ballot for Miss Congeniality, which will be announced Saturday, Sept. 15, during the awards presentation at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium. The awards are given during Starnite, the final evening of the Fall Festival.

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Although the event is more than two months away, Hopkins County Fall Festival are already busy planning this year's week-long fair, especially the Cover Girl pageant committee.

They are currently accepting applications from girls interested in competing for the Cover Girl title and scholarships, and the deadline to enter is getting closer.

Young ladies in the area who meet the guidelines have until Wednesday, Aug., 1 to get all their information to pageant organizers. They must submit applications which include their name, address, the school they attend, phone number and parents' names, to Kelly Stonaker by that date. For applications and further information about participation, contact Stonaker at 903-243-4300.

Each girl is required to be an 11th grade student at a school serving Hopkins County residents — Como, Cumby, Miller Grove, North Hopkins, Saltillo, Sulphur Bluff, Sulphur Springs and Yantis. She must also have maintained an overall B grade average or better during the school year.

Participants are required to participate in the Fall Festival parade and a window display, are charged with selling 150 raffle tickets and maintaining an activity signature list.

They will also compete for points in eight timed events — a pig scramble, calf scramble, catching and tying a goat, tractor driving through an obstacle course, bottle feeding of a calf, milking a cow, saddling and mounting of a horse and the dreaded cutting up a chicken — for points.

The winner will not only be featured on the cover of next year's Fall Festival catalog, but will also receive a $750 scholarship to be used at the school of her choice and $100 in gift certificates. The scholarship will be paid in $375 increments a semester upon proof of enrollment, but must be claimed within two years of high school graduation. She will also be required to attend 80 percent of all ribbon cuttings and other civic events held in the county throughout her year's reign, at her expense, or forfeit her scholarship.

The first runner-up will be awarded a $500 scholarship and $75 in gift certificates, while the second runner up will be awarded $50 in gift certificates. The pageant contestants will also vote by secret ballot for Miss Congeniality, which will be announced Saturday, Sept. 15, during the awards presentation at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium. The awards are given during Starnite, the final evening of the Fall Festival.

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