Coming up October 28 the next installation of the WWII Airborne Demonstration Team Jump School and Open Hangar Day is happening. This will be the second year for the October Jump School. In years past they had Jump School and Open Hangar Day in January and July however if you don’t already know this…it’s really cold in January. So cold in fact that 70 year old girls like Boogie Baby or Wild Kat don’t like to fly as much and parachutist don’t exactly like jumping into the sky that is a lot colder a few thousand feet up. Makes sense to me.
So now we will have festivities in October as well as July. Jump School will be October 21-28 ending with Open Hangar Day on the 28th from 8 am to 2 pm. Everyone is invited out to visit with the team members, look around the Hangar and heck, visit with each other.
There is also another opportunity I’d like to tell you about. In addition to being an attendee of Open Hangar Day you can become a member of the Ground Crew. For $50 per year you can help support the Team without jumping out of an airplane. Or for $10/month you can become a member of the Ground Crew and provide a little more support to the team for maintenance and other activities. The monthly plan can be deducted right out of your checking account. Stop by the Chamber office and I will get you all taken care of.
I also want to remind you about the 10th Annual Cotton Festival & Chili Cook Off on November 4. The chili cook off awarded over $1,550 in cash last year This year’s cook off is on schedule to do the same. If you think you have the winning chili consider entering, the registration fee is $30. You supply the chili and an extension cord and we’ve got the rest. Chili will be served starting at 11 am until 1 pm or we run out.
The pageants will begin at 1 pm with the Little Miss Cotton Boll which includes girls in grades 1-3. The ten young ladies competing are: Harley Dunlap, Addilyn Newton, Jaida Norris, Tambri Smith, Alina Burleson, Taijah Hankieson, Liana Garza, Aspen Russell, Zoee Tyler and Kaleigh Nichols. The eight young ladies in grades 4-6 competing in the Maid of Cotton are Ellie Ade, Kamille Garza, Amery Newton, Karli Olsen, Timber Mefford, Jada Munro, Brailee Munro and Delaney McIntyre. These young ladies are also selling Chili Cook off tickets. Tickets are $7 each and provide you with a sample of each chili and a bowl of the chili you choose as your favorite. This also helps determine the People Choice winner of the Chili Cook Off.
Another fun feature of the Cotton Festival is Cow Patty Bingo. Eric Van der Laan brings one of the bovine beauties from Van der Laan dairy into town to do her “business”. Whoever’s square her “business” lands on is the winner. Tickets are on sale from Chamber board members for $5 each or 5/$20. The winner will receive $200 in Chamber bucks.
A free tour of Tillman Producers Coop Gin will depart at noon from the intersection of 9th & Floral Ave. Transportation is provided and those wishing to attend should sign up at the Chamber booth on the west side of the Courthouse. Entertainment will be from 11 am – 1pm and will feature I, the Undersigned from Weatherford OK. All events will be held on the Tillman County Courthouse square.
Trade Day & Downtown Market will make a journey one block north to coincide with the Cotton Festival. All of the craft vendors, specialty item sales and food vendors you’ve come to love including a few more will be there. In addition, Trade Day will feature a Car Show with all proceeds benefiting the Tillman County Food Bank.
If you’d like to enter the chili cook off please contact Shane Kendrix at 580-335-1456 or the Chamber of Commerce at 580-335-2126 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for Trade Day & Downtown Market contact Jay Sharp at 580-335-7847 or Erika Martinez at 580-305-2389.
The Big Pasture Ranch Rodeo will be back for a second year at the Tillman County Rodeo Arena south of the Fairgrounds. The Ranch Rodeo begins at 5 pm with other activities taking place throughout the day. Admission is one canned food item for the Tillman County Food Bank or a toy for the local Toys for Tots program. If you have any questions give Ethan Treadwell a call at 580-335-1013.
Join us on Saturday November 4th for a day you won’t forget!
Don’t forget: Be Kind. Be Heard. Be Local.
Felisha Crawford, Executive Director