By MARY RAINWATER
The Anderson County Farm Bureau reached out to local food banks during Texas Food Connection Week, Feb. 16-22, presenting each of six local food banks with a $200 donation.
Local food pantries receiving the donation included United Pentecostal Church, Palestine Community Food Pantry, Stock Pot, First Resource Center, St. Vincent DePaul and Dogwood Hills Baptist Church.
Farmers and ranchers across the state organized community activities, donated to local philanthropies and spurred conversations with consumers during the week-long program.
“Texas Food Connection Week is about sharing what we do on our farms and ranches to grow our food fuel and fiber,” Anderson County Farm Bureau president Jeff Croft said. “Young people and adults have questions about their food and agriculture. This week gives farmers the opportunity to start and informative conversation with them.
“Food is one thing that connects everyone. We work hard every day to provide families with fresh, nutritious and affordable food,” Croft said. “We look forward to connecting with consumers.”
Texas Food Connection Week, formerly Food Check-Out Week, was established to connect farmers with their customers and spur conversations about agriculture and food related issues, including affordability, nutrition, animal welfare, profitability and productivity.
For more information, visit http://media.texasfarmbureau.org.
Rodeo princess deadline nears
Anderson County girls ranging in age from 5 to 19 are encouraged to participate in the upcoming rodeo queen competition during the 2014 Dogwood Frontier CPRA/UPRA Rodeo this spring.
The final application deadline for Queen, Princess and Little Miss competitions will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1 at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center, located at U.S. 287 North in Palestine. Girls interested in competing must attend this meeting to be eligible.
Entry fee is $50 per contestant. The competition will be held at 10 a.m. May 24 at the Anderson County Youth Livestock Expo Center. Interviews and horsemanship will be held under the pavilion.
Queen contestants must be 15 to 19 years of age as of Aug. 31 of this year. Princess contestants must be 10 to 14 years of age by Aug. 31 of this year. Little Miss contestants must be 5 to 9 years by Aug. 31 of this year. There is a minimum of three contestants per division or the divisions will be combined.
Contestants must attend school in Anderson County, however may reside in surrounding counties.
Three practice sessions will be held: 1 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m. April 19 and 10 a.m. May 17. It is recommended for participants to attend these sessions in order to learn proper pattern for horsemanship as well as interview preparation.
Contestants will be judged in the categories of horsemanship (50 percent), correct posture, control of the horse and confidence and correct pattern; personal interview and speech (25 percent), ability to speak clearly and answer questions by the judges; modeling and attire (25 percent), age appropriate clothing, ability to model the clothing. Two additional categories include ticket sales and Miss Photogenic. These will be judged for awards but will not be included in the final point total towards winning the title.
Crowning ceremony will be Saturday night on May 24 during the Dogwood Frontier UPRA/CPRA Rodeo in Palestine.
For more information about the competition or to pick up an application, call Tonya Ray at 903-724-2349 or Kim Ray at 903-731-4943.
Community Editor Cheril Vernon contributed to this story.