Cover Girl contestant Morgan Lampp tries her hand at roping the steer head during Tuesday night competition at the Civic Center. The contestants will have their parade floats judged tonight at 6 p.m. behind the Dairy Museum on the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot.
Staff Photo By Jessica Worth
Carnival begins: Cover Girl contests highlight events at Fall Festival
By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor
Sept. 17, 2008 - Cover Girl events and the opening of the Triple T Amusements carnival highlight the Hopkins County Fall Festival tonight, and Cover Girl contestants will display their floats.
On Thursday, Cover Girl candidates will compete in the second of two rigorous rounds of competition in Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Arena.
The slate of activities Wednesday and Thursday includes exhibits and food booths opening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Commercial exhibitors can set up booths from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. Booths will open beginning at 9 a.m. and continue all day Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Cover Girl contestants will meet at 6 p.m. this evening in the parking lot behind Southwest Dairy Museum to display their floats, which will also be judged at that time.
Triple T Amusements will open carnival rides at 6:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday through Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Armbands, which entitle the wearer to enjoy all rides, may be purchased at the carnival grounds, as well as tickets for specific rides. The carnival will again be located just west of the fair grounds and high school.
The festival continues Thursday with registration in the Household Arts Division contest from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the conference center at Sulphur Springs High School. Household Arts Division entrants can also register from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday. Judging will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, and the exhibit of all entries opens from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, the 12 Cover Girl contestants will again square off in the horse saddling and mounting, cow milking, chicken cut-up and bottle feeding of a calf contests. They were judged Tuesday in goat tying, roping a steer head, a calf scramble and tractor obstacle course, after which Young Farmers and Bailey Tractor hosted events for children and FFA students.
The Cover Girl contest this year has been sponsored by Pogue Cattle Co., Bailey's Tractor Co. and Northeast Texas Farmers Co-Op. Livestock were provided by Ron Hux, goats; Pogue Cattle Co., calves; Koon Farms and Chad Neal, milking cows; and Don Meeks, horse.
Live entertainment will also be offered Thursday beginning at 7 p.m. from Coca-Cola Soundstage. Local entertainers will perform. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of local talent before heading for home to rest up for two full day of fair activities.
Friday, or "Kids Day" as it is often dubbed, offers not only children's entertainment and activities but fun for the whole family, including arts and crafts, a quilt show and free street dance at 8 p.m. featuring Exit 110.
Saturday is designated "stew day" and is also marked by the antique tractor show and the Starnight concert. The winners in the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest will be announced around noon. Doors open at 7 p.m. Saturday for the Starnight concert, which this year features county star Keith Anderson, as well as opening act Exit 110 of Cumby and the announcement of the Cover Girl winners. Starnight tickets are still available through Friday for $25 each, or $30 at the door Saturday; credit card orders will also be charged a $2 handling fee. Call 903-885-8071 to order tickets or for more information.