From Staff Reports
It is a milestone year for Malakoff’s annual festival.
The Malakoff Chamber of Commerce Cornbread Festival will mark its 15th year Saturday, April 14. The day will also see the Rotary Club of Malakoff Pancake Breakfast and the 13th Annual Texas State Knife & Tomahawk Championship (see Page 13A).
Organizers will be rolling out some new events, plus all the old favorites in celebration.
The event will start off with the annual 5k run, sponsored this year by Brookshire’s of Malakoff. Sign up early for $15 per person or $20 the day of the race. Trophies will be awarded, lots of great door prizes and each runner will receive a gift bag and a T-shirt.
Vendors will open up at 9 a.m. and are always a hit at this event.
This year, organizers are introducing “Garage Sale Alley.” These booths will be set-up on East Mitcham. There will be lots of great entertainment gracing the stage on Melton Street across from the City Hall.
The Cornbread Cook-Off will be held at Cedar Lake Nursing Service on Terry Street. Each entrant will receive an exclusive cornbread apron, and trophies will be awarded. After judging, the cook-off will be opened to the general public and they will vote for the “People’s Choice.” Beans and samples of entries will be sold.
At noon, sign up for the inaugural Corn Eating Contest. Each entrant will be timed on gobbling down three ears of corn. Trophies for first, second and third will be awarded.
The now famous Hat Contest and Dog Contest will both return. Each contest is being updated. The Hat Contest will be judged for the hats “WOW” factor. Hats will be judged for theme, color, construction, size, movement, glitz and presentation. Businesses in Malakoff will be displaying and sponsoring hats two weeks prior to the festival. For further entry information, contact Sherry Andrus or Cesar at Citizens National Bank 903-489-1999.
The day will finish with the “Corny Balloon Relay.” Grab a partner and enter. One person will fill a flat balloon with 10 pieces of corn, then run it to their partner who must blow the balloon completely up and return it to original partner. This is a timed event. Trophies will be awarded.
For applications and additional information, call the Malakoff Chamber of Commerce at 903-489-8118 or drop by the office located at 207 E. Main St. in Malakoff or go to our web site at: www. malakoffchamber.org.
Also getting in on the fun will be the First United Methodist Church and the library.
The church this year will be enjoying the festival and promoting its 160th anniversary celebration, set for Sept. 16.
As one of this year’ fundraisers for its missions and outreach programs, church members will be selling State Fair-quality corndogs and “finger- licking good” chili cheese fries.
In addition to the food, raffle tickets will be on sale for a beautiful king size quilt. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Sept. 16 anniversary celebration at the church. As in years past the quilt is donated by church pioneers Zilla Jackson Cook , Martha Dee Thompson, and Edwina Carson and is dedicated to the Malakoff United Methodist Men’s group.
At the Red Waller Community Library, the Friends of the Library will be holding its annual book sale. This is a great time to pick up a lot of popular books for low prices.