Fall Festival resumes tonight with carnival, Christian artist’s concert

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept 12, 2007 - The Fall Festival concert schedule resumes tonight, with a number of family-oriented and kid friendly activities to follow this week.

The Triple T Amusements carnival will kick off at 6:30 p.m. today on the Civic Center grounds. The carnival will be open every night at 6:30 p.m., as well as at noon on Friday and Saturday. Every night will be arm band night; those purchasing an arm band can ride all rides unlimited the day used. Discount tickets are available at all Super Handy stores.

At 7 p.m. tonight, Christian artist Mark Shultz will perform a concert in the Civic Center auditorium, thanks to Tom and Suzy Rost who are responsible for getting the artist to come to town and covering expenses associated with the event so that all net profits will benefit Chrysalis House. Tickets will be available for $15 at the door, which opens at 6 p.m.

Exhibits and food booths will also be open on the grounds beginning at 5 p.m. today.

Thursday will see the John Conlee concert in the Civic Center Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at the Civic Center box office and $20 at the door. Jerry Audley will be opening for Conlee.

Commercial exhibitors will set up booths from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, with exhibits opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, at 9 a.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Caboodle Stoppers, a family entertainment act, will stroll the Civic Center grounds from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and beginning at  9 a.m. Saturday.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, the Cover Girls will again take to the Arena. Slated are horse saddling and mounting, cow milking, the dreaded chicken cut-up and bottle feeding of a calf.

Friday is Kid’s Day, with the Youth Fishing contest at the city pond from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., performances by Lanky the Clown and Sheriff Shorty beginning at 10 a.m., a children’s petting barnyard from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and a pet show at 3 p.m. Friday.

Also Friday, arts and crafts booths will open at 9 a.m. on the grounds and the official arts and crafts sale in the high school from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Fall Festival Quilt Show in the high school mini gym from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the household arts contest display from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the high school conference center. Capping off Friday will be a Free Street Dance featuring Mark Cooke and Cooke County Line from the Coca-Cola Soundstage beginning at 8 p.m. Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a picnic blanket.

At 1 p.m. Friday, cooking teams will begin setting up their sites on the Civic Center grounds for the official dawn kickoff of the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest. A record number of teams have signed up to compete. The stew will be served to the public for $5 a ticket beginning at 11 a.m. Quarts may also be purchased for $7 each after the winners are announced.

Immediately following the stew contest (about 12:30 p.m. Saturday) will be the "Duck Downs" rubber duckie race and the announcement of the Cover Girl Awards. 

Also Saturday, more than 100 entries are expected to participate in the Tractor Pull by Lake Country Antique Tractor Association of East Texas.

The Tractor Pull begins at 10 a.m. and is expected to continue for until about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. that evening. Tickets to get in will be $3 for adults, with children age 12 or less admitted free of charge.

From among the entries will be antique tractors, of all brands and kinds, all required to be models created earlier the 1960. The earliest model is expected to be from the mid-1920s, according to Fall Fest organizers.

Entries will compete in 13 weight classes for first through third place ribbons awarded by the Hopkins County Fall Festival Board. Three plaques, one each for Oldest Tractor, Best Show and Showmanship will also be awarded by the FF coordinators. Three community members selected by the FF board will serve as judges, scoring all entries throughout the day.

The Lake Country Antique Tractor Association tractor video will appear at 7 p.m. Thursday on RFD-TV, for those who want a sneak peak at the ilk of tractors to be seen at the LCATA Tractor Pull Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Civic Center Arena, according to LCATA’s website.

Saturday will also include clowns, household arts contest display, Quilt Show, exhibits and food booths, and a gun raffle.

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