A Time to Shine: Entries for Fall Festival Household Arts Contest being accepted until Sept. 18

By JOHANNA HICKS,Hopkins County Extension Agent

August 14, 2008 - Do you enjoy sewing, baking, needlework, painting, working with wood, taking pictures, preserving your garden produce, creating things from leather, plastic, metal or glass? Or perhaps gardening or scrapbooking are among your favorite hobbies. Whatever your preference, the Household Arts Contest offers Hopkins County residents the chance to show off their hobbies and skills, and even gain recognition in return.

The Household Arts Contest is held each year as part of the Hopkins County Fall Festival. Registration is easier than ever, because you no longer have to wait until official registration dates to enter items. Johanna Hicks, County Extension Agent-Family and Consumer Sciences, will accept entries any time at the Texas AgriLife Extension Office, located at 228 Hinnant St., prior to September 18. You may also take your entries directly to the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, between 4:30 and 6 p.m., or Friday, Sept. 19, from 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Following judging, each entry will be awarded a ribbon. Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show will be selected from blue ribbon winners in each division. Items will be on display in the High School Conference Center on Friday afternoon, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, until 2 p.m. Pictures of Best of Show and Reserve Best of Show will be made at 2 p.m.

There are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

(1) Entrants must be Hopkins County residents.

(2) Items must have been made, sewn, painted, etc, within the past 12 months (September 2007 - August 2008).

(3) Participants may enter as many classes and divisions as desired, but may enter only one item in a particular subclass of each class.

(4) Professionals may enter for display purposes only, and not for competition (examples: embroidery business, bakery, photography business, florist, etc.).

There is an age division for everybody in the family: Children - up to age 10; Youth - ages 11-18; Adults - ages 19-69; and Older Texans - age 70 and above. A nursing home division is also available for individuals residing in a Hopkins County Nursing Home.

A small fee of $1 for children, youths and older Texans, and $2 for adults will be charged to help defray cost of ribbons. This fee entitles participants to enter as many items as they desire. There is no charge for students entering as a class or for nursing home residents.

Categories include clothing, food preservation, bake show (includes decorated cakes which will not be tasted), handiwork, holiday/seasonal corner, creative crafts, art, scrapbooks, photography, quilts, dolls, horticulture and woodworking.

For a full list of categories and classes, log on to www.hopkinscountyfallfestival.com. Questions may also be directed to Johanna Hicks, Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent-Hopkins County, 903-885-3443 or 903-885-3726.

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