2nd Annual Tomato Recipe Contest/Tomato Festival

Hopefully, you read about the upcoming Hopkins County Tomato Festival in my co-worker’s column last week. Today, I wanted to give you some information on the Tomato Recipe Contest. Tomato plants all across Hopkins County are producing beautiful fruits, so this is a great opportunity to show off your cooking skills, as well! Here are the details for the Tomato Recipe Contest:

1) Contest will be held on Saturday, July 5th, at the Downtown Market on the Square in Sulphur Springs.

2) Entries will be accepted from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension tent, followed by judging. Winners will be announced at the Market upon completion of judging.

3) A copy of the recipe should accompany the dish.

4) Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd places in each age division and category.

5) Age divisions are: 10 and under; ages 11-19; ages 20 and over

6) Entry categories are: Main Dish, Side Dish, Salad, Salsa/relish

7) Tomatoes must be a prominent ingredient in the dish.

8) Fresh, frozen, or canned tomatoes may be used in the dish. They do not have to be grown by the participant.

9) Entries must be kept at a safe temperature while en route to the contest headquarters. Recipes WILL be tasted by judges!

If you have questions, please feel free to contact our office at 903-885-3443.

4-H Happenings Across the County

Even though our Hopkins County 4-H clubs do not meet during the summer months, there are plenty of activities going on! Here’s a brief list of the activities and events our 4-H kids will be involved in this summer:

· Tuesday, July 1: 4-H Day Camp, Heritage Park, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join us for crafts, games, food, surprise activities – a step back in time! Please call 903-885-3443 to sign up.

· July 7-9: Multi-county 4-H Camp – eighteen 4-H members and leaders from Hopkins County will travel to Lone Star, Texas for this over-the-top fun camp! While there, they will participate in the Ropes Course, Outdoor First Aid, Canoeing/Kayaking, Junior Master Gardeners, Shooting Sports, Sewing, and Biologist Skills. The 2014 theme is “The Great Outdoors”. Pray for safety for this group en route and while at camp. Hopkins County typically takes one of the largest groups!

· July 10: Four Hopkins County 4-H members submitted Record Books for District judging. Wish them luck!

· July 11-19: Eau Claire, Wisconsin 4-H Exchange Trip. Eight older Hopkins County 4-H members were selected to participate in this exchange trip, along with 4 adult chaperones. They will travel by van and stop at selected sights along the way to and from Wisconsin. While in Eau Claire, they will stay in host homes and visit places pre-arranged by the host county. Pray for safety for this group as well. It is a long trip, but will definitely leave a lasting impression!

· Friday, August 8: 4-H Project Tour Day for all interested Hopkins County 4-H members, guests, leaders, and parents. More details will soon be available, but participants can look forward to visits to the Cotton Museum, Collin Street Bakery, and YMCA in Greenville.

Whew! I’m tired already just reading over this list! Enrollment for the new 4-H year will begin in mid-August, so if you have a young person in grade 3-12, give us a call. Registration is $20 which covers the entire year (September through August). We hope to have 200 + enrolled for the 2014-2015 4-H year!


Closing Thought

Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves…for we shall never cease to be amused!


Johanna Hicks
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Family & Consumer Sciences
1200-B W. Houston
P.O.Box 518
Sulphur springs, TX 75483
903-885-3443 – phone
903-439-4909 – Fax
[email protected]

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