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Fall Festival 2021 Schedule

by Taylor Nye

Arts and crafts contest winner 2019

The 2021 Hopkins County Fall Festival Presented by Sulphur Springs Dodge, now in its 52nd year, is back and better than ever! Check out the listing of events for maximum fall fun.

October 9- Hay bale entry forms due. Individuals, businesses, church groups etc. welcome to participate, but must have a form turned in by this day. 

October 16- Fall festival parade at 10 a.m. The parade will start at Buford Park and go down Connally Street to the square where it will turn onto Gilmer St. The parade will go along Gilmer St. and will end at Gilmer St and Lee St. Local first responders, civic groups, businesses and churches will participate in the parade to kick off the Annual Hopkins County Fall Festival events. Anyone that wishes to drive in the parade can message frontporchblake@gmail.com for information. Proudly sponsored by Chad’s Media.

October 20- Carnival begins! The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday. Triple T Amusements’ carnival has exciting rides for all ages, games, fair food and more. Tickets will also be available at the gate for $25. Get your tickets and enjoy a night of fun with the family! The carnival runs through Oct. 24 and is sponsored by City National Bank. Rides and amusements include:

  • Fun slide
  • Flying elephant ride
  • Sharpshooter game 
  • Pendulum Ship
  • Hurricane ride
  • The Viper Coaster
  • Bumper cars
  • Carousel
  • Ferris wheel
  • Puppy roll kids coaster
  • Candy apples, cotton candy
  • More games & prizes 

EDIT: A previous version of this story stated the carnival had pre-sale tickets. We have been informed there are no pre-sale tickets, and the story has been modified to reflect that. 

October 21

  • Carnival is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Hay bale sculptures must be completed by today

October 22Festival begins! Activities include:

  • Kids Zone- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. free petting zoo, free horse rides, and free barrel train rides on the Civic Center grounds.
  • Kids Zone Petting Zoo- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with barnyard animals, sponsored by Farm Country.
  • Kids Zone Horse and Barrel Train Rides – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by Alliance Bank
  • Arts & Crafts show- 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • Carnival- 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Hay bale judging will take place and winners will be announced at 2 p.m. at the Civic Center gazebo

October 23Festival continues! Activities include:

  • Stew Festival- Cooks are judged at 10:30 a.m., stew is served at 10:45 a.m.
  • Kids Zone- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. free petting zoo, free horse rides, and free barrel train rides on the Civic Center grounds.
  • Kids Zone Petting Zoo- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with barnyard animals, sponsored by Farm Country.
  • Kids Zone Horse and Barrel Train Rides – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. sponsored by Alliance Bank
  • Arts & Crafts show- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with prizes awarded on Saturday
  • Carnival- 6 p.m. to midnight

October 24– Last day of the carnival! 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hay Bale sculpture/ courtesy Shirley Patchen

How to enter the Arts & Crafts Show: You do not have to be from Hopkins County to have a space. As a matter of fact, there are even have crafters from other states who bring their wares! For guidelines and a copy of the application, please contact the Hopkins County Extension Office at 903-885-3443, or drop by 1200 W. Houston Street in Sulphur Springs.

How to enter the Hay Bale Contest: Contact Shirley Patchen at 903-885-5914 or email tallt75501@aol.com for an entry form. To learn more about contest rules, visit: https://frontporchnewstexas.com/2021/08/23/47565/?fbclid=IwAR0qVv8jlTou8A4bKHdfZfw-aHJX-vPbDaXO0OMEOOl8CkHv7N0H5OCI6ow

For any other questions: Contact Blake Weir at frontporchblake@gmail.com

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