The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

September 21, 2013

Keeping with tradition: Annual Montalba Fall Fest set Sept. 28

By CHERIL VERNON
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Montalba Fall Fest organizers are keeping things old-fashioned — putting on their annual event with some of the things that festivals in years past were all about — exhibits, quilts and pies.

The event, a joint effort of the Montalba Community Improvement Association and the Montalba Volunteer Fire Department, will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 on the Montalba Community Center grounds near the Montalba VFD on Texas 19 North.

Festivities will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. that will end at the Montalba Community Center grounds. W.H and Patsy Ward will be the grand marshal and lady grand marshal.

“A pet show will follow the parade. This always promises to delight the audience,” event volunteer Jill Hamil said.

The festival organizers are seeking exhibits for the annual show. The categories include produce, home canning, arts and crafts and more. There is a special youth section for children to enter. Everyone is welcome to participate. Guidelines and show times may be obtained by calling Connie Giles at 903-714-6650.

Arts and crafts vendors will be set up selling their wares and products from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the event. Booths (10x10 ft.) are available for $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event. Checks can be made payable to Montalba Community Improvement Association.

The Montalba Community Improvement Association ladies hand-craft a queen-size quilt each year for the festival, holding a raffle during the event. This quilt has been the association’s main fund-raiser for more than 40 years.

It is on display at Capital One Bank on Sycamore Street in Palestine. Tickets are available at the bank and also will be available at the Fall Fest. For more information, call Marge Cathey at 903-549-2491.

Can you bake a prize winning chocolate pie? Are you a man that makes a mean cake? If so, enter the annual Montalba Fall Fest Chocolate Pie Contest and Men’s Cake Baking Contest.

Pies and cakes must be at the Montalba Fire Department by 11:30 a.m. on the day of the festival. Judging will begin at noon. The winning pie and cake will be auctioned.

All proceeds benefit the community and the fire department. For more information, call Tammy Collins at 903-549-2019.

A live auction will start at 1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the MCIA and Montalba VFD. Donations for the live auction are needed. To donate, call Emma Collins at 903-549-2231.

As an added incentive, a drawing will be held after the auction for some lucky person to win $100. You must be present to win.

In addition to the live auction, a Savage 30-06 with Bushnell Scope given away. Tickets are $2 each or $5 for three. Tickets also will be available at the festival.  For more information, call Clay Hamil at 903-549-2384.

As a tradition, the Montalba VFD will sell barbecue meals during the event. Meals include a drink and homemade desserts. Cost is $9 per plate and $5 for those 12 and under (free for those 3 and under). All proceeds from the barbecue benefit the Montalba VFD. For more information, call Cookie Wilbanks at 903-549-2537.

“The barbecue is always exceptional,” Jill Hamil said.

Other activities include a children’s carnival, white elephant sale and a bounce house.

For more information about the parade, call Jane Patton at 903-549-2940. For more information about the pet show, call Julia Poff at 903-724-0810.