Cover Girl contestant Dani Johnson sits on the float she made for the Fall Festival Parade. Cover Girl contestants did not ride their floats in the parade due to potentially severe weather, but they were on display Wednesday in the Sulphur Springs High School parking lot.
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Trophies awarded for best entries in Fall Fest parade

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 18, 2008 - Hopkins County Fall Festival Board awarded four trophies Saturday for the top entries who braved the tropical storm warnings to take part in the annual parade.

The award for "best overall" conveyance went to the "S.A.S.S.I.E. Classy Ladies." The award for best theme went to "Health and Rehab" and the "best use" award went to "Sulphur Springs H.E.A.T.." The "best car" award went to Finis Attlesey's 1939 Model A. Since there were no tractors in the parade, the Fall Festival Board will present that award Saturday at the 5th Annual Lake Country Antique Tractor Association tractor pull.

The tractor pull, sponsored by Farm Country, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Arena. Although the event is hosted by LCATA, anyone with an antique tractor is welcome to enter. More than 100 tractors are expected to enter the contest.

Admission for the antique tractor show is $3 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.

Food and other items will also be available at booths beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight. Exhibits also will also open at those times. Arts and crafts will be sold from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Sulphur Springs High School.

Also at the high school this weekend, will be the Household Arts Division contest and display and the Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild Show.

Registration for the Household Arts contest will be tonight from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the high school conference center. The household arts contest will be judged from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, then the exhibit of winners and entries open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The quilt show begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the SSHS mini gym. Admission is $2 for the show, which features quilts by Eleanor Burns. A drawing for the "Quilter's Garden Party" quilts will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Freddie Prez kids show, sponsored by Pilgrim Bank, begins at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and Lanky the Clown will stroll the grounds at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.

A must-see for kids will be the "Dancing Boogie Heads" video beginning at 9 a.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Among the slated Kids Day activities Friday are the Youth Fishing Contest, pet adoption, pet show, "Ponies and Pals" petting zoo, and the carnival

The youth fishing contest is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at Coleman Park. One prize will be awarded per age group -- 2-5 years, 6-8 years and 9-14 years -- for the largest fish. Children should bring their own fishing ear and bait. Drinks will be furnished for participants.

PPAWSS will be hosting a pet show and adoption event. The pet adoption will be from 9 a.m. to noon Friday on the Coca Cola Soundstage. Registration for the pet show will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, with the pet show following at 3 p.m. on the stage. There is a $5 entry fee. Contact Ashley Duke at 903-243-4306 for more information.

Ponies and Pals Petting Zoo will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The carnival continues Thursday-Saturday nights at 6:30 p.m. and will also be open from noon to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Entertainment will be provided on the Coca Cola Soundstage beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, and a free street dance starts Friday at 8 p.m. featuring Exit 110, a band from Cumby. Saturday's Starnight concert features Keith Anderson. Tickets for the 7 p.m. concert are available at the Civic Center box office for $25 through Friday, or for $30 Saturday.

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