Tomato Club celebration standing room only event

Former Milam extension agents attend ceremony

I f you missed the Centennial Tomato Club Celebration on Oct. 9, you missed a standing room only event in the county courtroom. Thanks to everyone who attended to hear about the long history of Extension activities in Milam County.

The f irst Home Demonstration Agent in Texas, Edna Westbrook Trigg started in Milam County in 1912. During the celebration, her grandson, Dr. Cone Johnson shared comments from his memories of his grandmother’s activities. Some of his comments are recorded in the foreword of the Tomato Centennial Cookbook. The cookbook is available at the Milam County Extension Office in Cameron. Come by the Extension Office and purchase a cookbook.

Four of the former Family and Consumer Sciences agents joined me at the celebration: Vivian Pittman served the county twice as the 27th and 36th agent; Frances Johnson served as the 28th agent; Chris Holcombe served as the 37th agent. She served for 34 years in Milam County; Jean Thomas served as the 38th agent.

FCS agents that served Milam County in the first 100 Years along with Dr. Cone Johnson (center), the grandson of the first FCS agent in Texas. From left to right, Jean Thomas, Chris Holcombe, Johnson, Vivian Pittman and Cheryl Walker. Also present at the Centennial Celebration was Frances Johnson (right) who served Milam County as an FCS agent. FCS agents that served Milam County in the first 100 Years along with Dr. Cone Johnson (center), the grandson of the first FCS agent in Texas. From left to right, Jean Thomas, Chris Holcombe, Johnson, Vivian Pittman and Cheryl Walker. Also present at the Centennial Celebration was Frances Johnson (right) who served Milam County as an FCS agent. As the 40th FCS professional to serve Milam County in the last 100 years, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is carring on the long legacy of assistance to the families of the county.

If you would like to see pictures from the Centennial Celebration go to the website tomato2012/.

ROCKDALE FAIR HOME ECONOMICS—The Rockdale Fair is here , Oct. 18-20. Remember that youth from five years of age and up can enter the Home Economics Department along with all adults in Milam County. Check-in your Home Economics entries at the New Salem Building on the Rockdale Fairgrounds.

You can enter crafts, photos, painting, food and much more. All you need to do is bring your items on the correct dates and fill out an entry form. With no entry fee for the Home Economics Department, there is no excuse for youth and adults to miss this opportunity.

The New Salem Exten- sion Education Association Club members will be awarding cash awards to youth grand and reserve champion winners. Beginner, junior, intermediate and senior grand champion winners will receive $15 each and reserve champion winners will receive $10 each.

No cash awards will be provided to baked goods, diabetic baked goods and decorated cakes for any age group.

Youth and adults can enter six items per division for the following: baked goods, afghan, artistic arrangements, canned food, Christmas crafts, clothing, creative arts and crafts, folk art, handwork, homemade wine, horticulture, needlework, painting, photography, porcelain, produce, quilts and woodworking.

Participants can enter one entry for the following divisions: decorated cakes and cupcakes, collections and scrapbooks. You have a number of opportunities to show off your talents.

Non-food entries check-in from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 and 9 a.m. until noon on Thursday, Oct. 18. These items are judged Thursday afternoon.

Food entries are check-in from 8-10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. These items are judged Friday morning.

After the judging, the entries are open for the public to come by and view the talent in Milam County. The New Salem Building is open until 5 p.m. each day for the public viewing.

Complete rules and entry forms are available at the Milam County Extension Office or the website Call if you have a question concerning the rules, 254-697- 7045.

Attention Home Economics Grand and Reserve Champion winners and Best of Show winners. The pictures will be taken at the Patterson Center at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19.

CHRISTMAS COTTAGE— Mark your calendars to come by and get in the holiday spirit at the Christmas Cottage on Friday, Nov. 2 at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron. The doors open at 9 a.m. for you to look, shop, buy and eat. A variety of booths will of fer quilts, hot sauce, jams, garden decorations, scarf necklaces, one of a kind ballpoint, roller ball and fountain pens made from exotic woods and acrylics, key rings, jewelry, Christmas items, crochet items - snowflakes, angels baby sets, kitchen towels and much, much more.

Make sure you come and plan to have lunch at one of the food booths set-up by the Milam County Extension Education Association Clubs. You can enjoy stew, chili or a stuffed baked potato plus a variety of desserts.

Admission is free for the Christmas Cottage. Look and shop from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Limited space is still available for non-food booths. For more information, contact the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service - Milam County Office, 254-697-7045, 100 E. 1st Street, Cameron.

FALL TOUR TIME—Nov. 16 is the date for the Fall Tour sponsored by the Milam and Lee County Extension Education Association members. Anyone is welcome to sign-up and join us for a day trip to the Heritage Village near Woodville, Livingston Trade Days and Santa’s Wonderland hayride through the lights in College Station. The trip will cost $80 which includes: all-you-can-eat lunch at the Heritage Village, a tour of Heritage Village, hayride at Santa’s Wonderland and charter bus ride. One bus will leave from Rockdale and a second bus will leave from Giddings.

Heritage Village is a living museum of pioneer history, with a main street that is right out of the mid-1800’s. You will be able to walk through an oldtime blacksmith shop, check out a railroad depot, v isit a livery stable or any one of the community’s log cabins. The Pickett House Restaurant will serve us a boarding house style “all-you-can-eat” fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, country vegetables, cobbler, biscuits and cornbread meal to everyone on the tour.

After a tour of the village, we will board the buses for a short ride to Livingston Trade Days. You will have time to walk through covered pavilions and open air lots to shop and look. The day will end with a hayride through the Santa’s Wonderland of Lights in College Station. It will be an unforgettable evening celebrating the holidays with friends under millions of lights. You will also be able to relax and enjoy the unique shops or sit around a cozy campfire listening to live music at Santa’s Town.

For registration information, contact the Milam County Extension Office at 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron - 254-697-7045 or go to the website and look under events.

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