Holiday tour to take in Elm Mott, Lake Belton

By CHERYL WALKER Milam County AgriLife Extension Agent

Join us on Dec. 3 for an educational and fun tour. We will start the day at the Homestead Traditional Crafts Village near Elm Mott with a walking tour of the craft village to see demonstrations at the weaving shop, pottery shop, blacksmith shop, furniture shop and gristmill.

The tour will also include a visit of the Restored Barn from 1810 and a viewing of the movie overview of the community called "A Glimpse of Brazos de Dios." You will have lunch at the village along with time to stop by the village store to purchase items made in the different shops.

Next, you will have a supper break at the Temple Mall before heading out to the Nature of Lights on Lake Belton. During the drive through the lights, the bus will stop at Santa's Village. Hot chocolate, homemade cookies and seasonal crafts will be available for sale.

Save your space on the charter bus tour by completing the registration form for meal choices and paying a $50 fee. The fee includes the bus cost, both tours, lunch and insurance. Supper and items you purchase are additional.

Space is limited to 56 persons. For more information, call 254- 697-7047.

Pecan Bake Show

If you grow your own pecans or just like to bake with pecans, you can enter the Milam County Pecan Bake Show on Nov. 24 the Milam Extension Office, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron.

The Pecan Bake Show is open to youth and adults in Milam County. For bake show entries, participants are not required to grow their pecans, just use them in a recipe. Here are the bake show rules. • Recipe must accompany each entry. • Recipe must include pecans. • Two divisions: Youth (18 andunder) and adult (19 and older) • Six classes: pies; cakes; cookies (6 to 8 pieces); candies (6 to 8 pieces); breads; miscellaneous • You may enter up to two recipes in each class. • You may enter as many classes as you wish. • Bake show entries not picked up by 10:30 a.m. will become the property of the Horticulture Committee to pay for awards. • An entry form must be submitted with each entry (available at check-in).

Pecan Show entries

Pecan growers need to select their best pecans and enter the sample by 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23 at the Extension Office in Cameron. You don't need to be a big pecan producer to enter the show. If you have one pecan tree, you can enter. Just gather up your pecans and bring them to the office by the deadline.

If you are interested in learning what variety of pecans you have, bring a sample to the show and let them be identified. Here are the rules to follow: • The exhibitor must be the grower. • Pecans should be from the county or adjoining counties which do not have a show. In rare instances, samples can be entered from a distant county, but the county show entered by the distant entry should be the nearest county show. • Pecans must be from the 2009 crop. • Participants are limited to one entry of each named variety they grow. The grower may enter as many seedlings, known hybrids or natives as desired. • Sample entries from one orchard cannot be entered in two county shows. • A minimum of 40 pecans (42 preferred) are necessary for each entry. This sample should represent the variety and be uniform in size and shell color. Mixed samples (more than one variety in sample) are disqualified. • A varietal entry may be composed of nuts from more than one tree. For example, if the grower has ten Choctaw trees, each tree could contribute nuts to one grower's Choctaw entry. • The growers may wish to select the heaviest pecans by weighing the individual nuts. • Nuts should be free of insect and disease damage. • The pecans should be free of dust, dirt and shuck remnants. They should not be rubbed to the extent that shape or color is altered. • Avoid discolored shells and kernels. This problem may result from peeling pecans from the shucks too early. • All entries not advancing to the regional pecan show become property of the Horticulture Committee.

Pecan samples will be cracked by the Horticulture Committee at the Extension Office starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 23. Samples will be judged at 9 a.m. Nov. 24.

If you need more information on the Pecan Bake Show or Pecan Show call the Extension Office at 254-697-7045.

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