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Tyler County Booster - Local News
Stories Added - November 2009
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Annual Harvest Festival was best in festival history
Tyler County Booster - November 2009

From all accounts I may have missed the very best Harvest Festival in the history of these festivals. I know that the weather could not have been any better. Who doesn’t love to be outside when the temperatures are pleasant and the wind is gently blowing? I was in north Louisiana for a family wedding and a family reunion to welcome a new niece-in-law. The wedding was outdoors and by 7:00 p.m. I was wishing for a warm coat and thinking I was glad that Taylorthe Festival was over by 5:00 or it would have been too cool here, too. The food and craft vendors that were new this year have all signed up to be present next year. The “battle” on the hill was well received and you can plan on a repeat next year, maybe with different characters, but a repeat of the fun and entertainment.

The photo contest generated much interest this year. It was the biggest group of entries yet with 158 total photos to be judged, 17 of them in the junior division. I didn’t think to ask the judges to write down all the ribbon winners for me but they will for next year. What I can tell you is that “Big Jim” Salles from Beaumont won Best of Show in the adult division and Luke Cameron, a 13 year old from Colmesneil, won Best of Show in the junior division. Congratulations to you two and the other ribbon winners. From the turn-out I am sure that the judges had a hard time determining the winners. We look forward to all of you participating next year and hope to have double the number for display. The pumpkin decorating contest was also a hit. Organizers had to purchase pumpkins three times after they ran out.

There were 120 pumpkins that were decorated in the artist’s choice of designs! That is a LOT of pumpkins and artists. Congratulations to Shelby Talley, 6th grader from Colmesneil, who was judged the 1st place Blue Ribbon winner. Congratulations, also, to Courtney Frank, 2nd place, and Hannah Tullos, 3rd place. Thanks to Annabeth Willis and June Willis for working with the children and providing the pumpkins to be decorated. They are already planning for next year’s event and beginning to look for a source of small pumpkins. Anyone want to plant a field for them? If you missed Harvest Festival it isn’t too late to get a feel for the day. The Village is still decorated with the corn stalks, gourds, and pumpkins. Also you can view the decorated pumpkins in the exhibit room in the Gift Shop. They will be on display until November 23rd. Come on out and view at your leisure. Lest you think that nothing is happening at the Village now that our big fund-raiser Harvest Festival is over, please think again.

On Thursday, the day you get this paper, we will host 115 students from Orangefield Elementary School. They will tour the Village under the guidance of our wonderful docents. Our great demonstrators will be on hand to show them some of the pioneer skills our forefathers needed to know. Other schools have dates booked for later in the month. The next “big” event is the Twilight Tour of the Village which is held the first Saturday in December. Prior to that, on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, we gather at the Village to decorate our buildings and grounds for the holidays. We are asking now for you to help us gather materials we can use for the decorating. We need holly and other berry bushes, vines, pine boughs, cedar pieces, ribbons, popcorn garland, tinsel pieces, etc. We use materials that would have been available during the time period of the Village. If you have materials you are willing to donate, please call the Village at 283-2272 for further information. Thanks for your help.

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