2015 Fall Festival Creative Arts Contest and Arts & Craft Show
Excitement is building for the 2015 Hopkins County Fall Festival. You have probably already heard about the Freedom Ride, Battle of the Bands, and the Golf Tournament. Many more events are in store, beginning Saturday, October 17, with the Fall Festival Parade and continuing through the following weekend.
The Creative Arts Contest give Hopkins County residents an opportunity to enter their items for judging…and it isn’t limited to adults! This event is held at the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center. People of all ages can enter. For a $1.00 entry fee, participants may enter as many divisions as desired, as long as they are not entering two like items. Entries may be taken directly to the high school on Thursday, October 22, 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., or Friday, October 23, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. If those times are not feasible, entries may also be taken to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 1200-B W. Houston, Monday, October 19 thru Wednesday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and they will be delivered to the high school (please do not bring large or heavy items to the Extension Office for registration.)
Age divisions are Children (up to age 10), Youth (ages 11-19), Adults (ages 20-69), and Mature Texans (age 70& above). An additional division is also available for nursing home and assisted living residents.
Entry divisions are: Clothing (classic, after-five, children’s wear, specialty, or wearable art); Food Preservation (Vegetables, fruits, jams, preserves, fruit butters, jellies, pickles, relish, pickled vegetables, dehydrated foods, miscellaneous); Bake Show (breads, cakes, pies, cookies, candy); Decorated Cakes (will not be cut – judged on other qualities); Handiwork (knitting, crochet, embroidery, needlepoint, sewn items, beadwork/jewelry, other fabric/fiber work); Holiday/Seasonal (Christmas, tablecloth – any holiday, decorations –not Christmas, wreath/door hanging, Nativity Scenes); Creative Crafts (metal, plastics, ceramics, stained glass, painted household objects, candles, leather, miscellaneous); Art (oil, water color, pen & ink, rub-outs, pencil, acrylic, paper tole, crayon, spray paint art, miscellaneous); Scrapbooks (seasonal, collective, memorabilia); Photography (portrait, scenic, still life, people, special effects, floral, architectural, grouping); Quilts (hand quilted, machine quilted, combination hand/machine, baby quilts, quilted items); Dolls (cloth, costumes, open category); Horticulture (agriculture, cut flowers, potted plants, hanging baskets, succulents, dried, gourds, herbs); Woodworking (kits, inlaid wood, mosaic wood art, furniture, wall hangings, wood carving, yard art, rustic art, birdhouses, toys, miscellaneous); and Nursing Home/Assisted Living Division (holiday/seasonal, quilts, plastic, clothing, accessories, needlework, leather, wood, art, weaving, miscellaneous).
Items will be judged on Friday, October 23, starting at 10:00 a.m., by out-of-county judges. Upon completion of judging and ribbon placements, the conference center will be opened to the public for viewing until 5:00 p.m., and again on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Best of Show winners (purple rosettes) will have pictures taken at 1:30 p.m. Items may be picked up and taken home from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. Any items left after the show will be taken to the Extension Office. For a full set of guidelines and divisions, contact the Extension Office at 903-885-3443.
The Fall Festival Arts & Crafts is a crowd-pleaser every year. Not to be confused with the Creative Arts Contest, this event is for home artisans who wish to sell their hand-crafted items. This event is NOT for commercially made items. The 2015 event will take place in the Sulphur Springs High School Cafeteria, north entryway, and grounds. The Arts & Crafts Show is open to the public on Friday, October 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Seventy-plus spaces are filled every year with unique items ranging from hand-crafted jewelry to yard art, children’s clothing to doll clothes, stained glass to travel pillows, quilted items to warm caps & scarves, children’s toys to wooden banks, and much more! Spaces vary in price (depending on vendor’s age and type of space needed.) The fee covers both days and 24-hour security is available.
Spaces are filling up, so if you or someone you know would be interested in selling your hand-crafted items, contact the Extension Office at 903-885-3443.