Fall Festival activities resume Tuesday

Seniors Day starts at 2 p.m.; Cover Girls get to display their parade floats Wednesday

From Staff Reports

Sept. 15, 2008 - The Hopkins County Fall Festival continues Tuesday with activities slated primarily for Senior Citizens and Cover Girl contestants.

Seniors Day, sponsored by Alliance Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday with a mini health fair.

Enola Gay and Kurt Bittner will perform a concert while seniors can take part in the mini health fair. Cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose and oxygen level checks will be offered by Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, At Home Health, North Star and Total Care. Jane Goldsmith will give chair massages, while Life Care Medical checks feet. Edge Medical will set up a display. Representatives from Texas Department of State Health Services will explain the "shingles vaccine," and Ark-Tex Council of Government will present "information that is important to all senior citizens."

Longevity Awards will be presented at 3 p.m. and bingo begins at 3:30 p.m. A meal consisting of chicken salad, pimento cheese salad, pasta salad, fresh fruit, crackers and dessert prepared by Karon Weatherman, Billie Couthran and Ida Martin will be served at 5 p.m.

The cost to attend all Senior Citizens Day activities is $7 per person.

Food booths, an information booth and the lost children's booths will be in operation at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday is also the first night of Cover Girl competitions, with the events beginning at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center Arena. The 12 contestants will compete in goat tying, roping a steer head, calf scramble and a tractor obstacle course.

After the girls compete in the calf scramble, Young Farmers will be sponsoring a calf scramble for all kids watching the event. The competition will feature two age groups: 9- and 10-year-olds, and 11- and 12 year-olds. Plaques will be awarded to the winners.

Also, after the Cover Girl contestants finish the tractor driving obstacle course, high school FFA students in attendance will have the opportunity to go the tractor course as well. Young Farmers is also sponsoring the tractor events.

The competition continues Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center arena, where the girls are tasked with bottle feeding a calf, milking a cow, saddling and mounting a horse and cutting up a chicken.

The Cover Girl events are being sponsored by Pogue Cattle Co., Bailey's Tractor Co. and Northeast Texas Farmers Co-Op. The livestock will be provided as follows: Ron Hux, goats; Pogue Cattle Co., calves; Koon Farms and Chad Neal, cows and calves; and Don Meeks, horse. The tractor will be provided by Bailey's Tractor Co.

A special event has been added Wednesday because the girls did not get to display their floats at the parade Saturday due to the weather. The girls will display their floats at 6 p.m. Wednesday behind the Southwest Dairy Center and Museum on the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot.

Those on the Civic Center grounds Tuesday through Thursday evenings may want to catch the live entertainment which will begin at 7 p.m. nightly on the Coca-Cola Soundstage.

Fall Fest events continue Wednesday with exhibits and food booths opening at 5 p.m., and the carnival starting at 6:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday and Thursday.

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