Rockdale Fair just around the corner
Cheryl Walker

Don’t be late with your entries for the Rockdale Fair Home Economics Department. Check-in and judging will all happen prior to the fair opening, so check the rules and schedule for the early dates.

Early check-in and judging are a big change for Home Economics entries at the 2013 Rockdale Fair conducted at the New Salem Club House in Fair Park. In order to have the entries on display during the fair, judging will be moved to the first part of the fair week.

Show off your talents in photography, painting, handwork, quilt, crafts, baking and much more. There are no entry fees for the Home Economics Department and the New Salem Extension Education Association Club will be providing a $15 prize to youth grand champion non-food items.

The Home Economics Department is open to all youth and adults from five years old and up residing or attending school in Milam County. Complete rules and entry forms are available at the Milam County Extension Office.

Check the following schedule for new entry dates:

• Monday, Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.—Check-in for all non-food items.

• Tuesday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to noon— Continue check-in for all non-food items.

• Tuesday, Oct. 15, noon to 5 p.m.­— Exhibit area will be closed during judging of non-food items. • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 8-10 a.m.— Check-in for food items.

• Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to noon—Judging of food items.

• Wednesday, Oct. 16, 4:30 p.m.— Photos of grand and reserve champions winners.

• Thursday, Oct. 17 through Saturday, Oct. 19—Non-food entries on display to the public.

Remember check-in and judging all happens prior to the Rockdale Fair opening. Contact the Milam County Extension office if you have questions, 100 E. 1st Street in Cameron, 254-697-7045, http://milam.,

CHRISTMAS SPIRIT— Christmas is still several months away, but sometimes we need time to build a little Christmas spirit. During November and December there are three opportunities to get you ready for the holiday season: Christmas Cottage, Nov. 1; Holiday Gift Idea Exchange, Nov. 18; Fall Tour, Dec. 6. Contact the Milam County Extension office if you have questions or need additional information on any of these programs.

CHRISTMAS COTTAGE— Christmas Cottage provides you an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts and decorations, get new ideas and enjoy a great lunch. Mark Nov. 1 on your calendar for the Christmas Cottage at Bea’s Kitchen on the courthouse square in Cameron. The admission is free, so at least stop by and have a look at the different booths.

The doors will be open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Lunch will be available starting at 11 a.m. For many years the Extension Education Association Clubs and the Family and Consumer Sciences Committee has worked with the Milam County Extension Office to provide this opportunity to look, shop and eat at the Christmas Cottage.

GIFT IDEA EXCHANGE— This year will mark the 19th year of the Holiday Gift Idea Exchange conducted by the Milam County 4-H. Year after year, 4-Hers demonstrate holiday gift, decoration, and food ideas to give you a new idea for the season.

On Nov. 18 the Holiday Gift Idea Exchange will be conducted at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron from 6:30-8:30 p.m. You will see a variety of demonstrations, get handouts with instructions for the projects and enjoy refreshments and door prizes. Everyone is welcome at the program.

FALL TOUR—The annual fall tour is planned for Friday, Dec. 6 to Fredericksburg. The tour is sponsored by the Milam County Extension Education Association clubs and open to all interested persons. The charter bus will leave Cameron at 8:30 a.m. and arrive back in Cameron about 11:30 p.m.

The day trip to Fredericksburg offers two special activities. First the St. Nikolausmarkt in the downtown square will showcase a variety of craft, food and art booths. This market is different each year depending on the exhibitors. We will end the day with the lighted Christmas Parade.

The parade is a great way to catch the Christmas spirit. The cost of the trip is $40 per person.

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