By CHERIL VERNON
Originally planned to be open to Anderson County residents only, due to an overwhelming response organizers of the Hot Pepper Project show have opened the contest to those living outside of the county.
The Anderson County AgriLife Extension Agency is working with other local groups to coordinate the Anderson County Hot Pepper Project Show during the Hot Pepper Festival on Oct. 27.
“The Project Show is an event that the community as a whole can participate and support,” Anderson County Extension Agent Holly Black said in a recent interview with the Herald-Press. “It was decided to bring it back, bigger and better than ever, to mimic the very successful Project Shows held during the old county fairs.”
The Project Show will be held at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall, located at 106 E. Crawford St.
Categories include baking and desserts, individual items (such as scrapbooks and floral arrangements), creative arts and crafts, shop work, photography, canning and a special Hot Pepper-themed category.
“We have a lot of talent and creativity in Anderson County,” Black said. “The Project Show is a fun way to ‘show-off’ and exhibit items that participants have made, constructed or prepared. Youth through adults with individual talents can showcase their hard work through the Project Show.
“It’s also a fun way to compete with entries that represent your own interests and hobbies.”
The Project Show is open to all ages. The age categories are as follows: pee wee (age 5-7), junior (age 8-13), senior (age 14-19) and adults (age 20 and up).
“I would encourage everyone to take a look at the Project Show categories and start planning on which divisions they would like to enter,” Black said.
Entries must have been made by the exhibitor during the past 12 months.
“Individuals interested should think back through the past 12 months of the projects they have made and taken pride in,” Black said. “It could include a Christmas decoration they finished last December, a winter photo they took in January, a flower arrangement made this spring or the green beans they canned this summer.
“There is no entry fee, so the sky is the limit. Hopefully we will have a lot of entries from a lot of individuals.”
Black said the Project Show should add to all of the festivities going on during the Hot Pepper Festival, which include a parade, live music, Hot Pepper Eating Contest, arts and crafts, kids zone and more.
“The Project Show is going to be packed full of amazing entries this year,” she said. “We encourage all Hot Pepper Festival goers to stop by the Project Show to view the amazing and creative entries.”
Some of the groups with representation on the Project Show committee include Palestine Resource Center for Independent Living, Department of State Health Services and Encompass Home Health.
“Everyone on our committee is so excited about the opportunity to bring back the Project Show and I think everyone in Palestine will be happy too,” Project Show committee member and PRCIL Director Sara Minton said.
For a complete copy of the rules and schedule, contact the County Extension Office at 903-723-3735 or stop by at 101 E. Oak St. in the old Federal Building.
Project Show General Rules & Guidelines
1. There will be four age divisions: Pee-wee (age 5-7), Junior (age 8-13), Senior (age 14-19), Adults (age 20 and up). All ages are as of Aug. 31 of the current year.
2. Entries must have been made by the exhibitor during the past 12 months. The exception is Collections and Container Plants, which must be owned by the exhibitor at least three months before the show.
3. An individual may have one entry in each class of a division.
4. All exhibits must remain in place until released according to the schedule. Items left past the official pick up time become property of the Project Show committee and will be disposed of as seen fit.
5. Please note that items will be on display to the public during the show. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Anderson County 4-H, and members of the Project Show Committee are not responsible for loss, damage or theft of any item. It is recommended that collections be presented in a tamper proof container.
6. All entries must be clearly labeled with the name, age division, telephone number, division and class (example: Division I. Baking/Class 2. Pies). Place labels securely on the back of each item, where information is not visible during judging.
7. In each class, entries will be placed and awarded blue (1st), red (2nd), white (3rd) or participant ribbons. One blue ribbon entry will be chosen from each division to receive Division Champion. All division champions will compete to win Best of Show. Pee-wee entries receive participation ribbons only.
8. Grand Champion Projects will be awarded for Junior, Senior & Adult. One “Best of Show” will be awarded.
9. 4-H Sweepstakes Awards — A Senior and Junior Sweepstakes Award will be awarded to the high point 4-H participants in the Project Show. Point values used for sweepstakes will be as follows: Division Champion, 5; Blue Ribbon, 3; Red Ribbon, 2; White Ribbon, 1.
Division Specific Rules
• Baking Desserts — Typed recipes must be submitted with all food entries. The exhibitor’s name should not appear on the front of the recipe, but should be written on the back. Food entries requiring refrigeration may not be entered. Convenience foods and mixes may be used in Division 1, Class 7 & 8 only. Decorative food will not be tasted. Cookies, brownies, bars, cupcakes and candies should have at least 10 on the plate when submitted.
• Individual Items: Container plants must be a horticulture project being cared for and grown by exhibitor. Photos used in or on albums, collages and posters do not have to be taken by the exhibitor.
• Creative Arts & Crafts: Creative writing entries must be original work and must be typed. The exhibitor's name and other information should only be labeled on the back of writing entries.
• Photography: Photos must have been taken by the exhibitor during the last 12 months. Photos will be grouped by class type, black and white photos will be judged with colored photos. All photo entries must be 5” x 7” and will be mounted on stiff board (such as foam board) the same size as the photo. No framed pictures will be allowed. The photo may be cropped for effect, but the resulting photo must measure 5” x 7”. Any photo computer altered (other than cropping) must be entered in Digitally Enhanced. Digitally Enhanced includes any photo that has been enhanced, using the camera, developing process or computer editing (includes antiquing, hand-tinting and sepia-tone photos). Attach a copy of the original, un-edited photo (any size) to the back of these entries.
• Canning: Canning entries will not be tasted. Jars for Canning entries must meet the following requirements: All containers shall be standard canning jars (mayonnaise jars, etc. will not be accepted). Jars with rusted rings will not be accepted.