By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
LAMPASAS - The Spring Ho County Fair, run by the Lampasas chapter of the Texas Extension Education Association, showed off the entries after giving awards to exhibitors at noon Thursday.
"The town folk just come in and check it out," said Shari Morsch, a member of TEEA.
The exhibit has gone on for about 40 years, and it has always been open to the public, said Siddonia Umphres, TEEA president.
By letting the public come in and view the work, it gives everyone a chance to see what their neighbors are doing, but it works as a way to encourage future participants in the county fair, too, she said.
The exhibitors also like to show off their work, Morsch said.
The fair judged the Lampasas residents' handmade clothing, artwork, crafts and textiles, fruits and vegetables, horticulture, baked goods and canned goods.
Among the work were wood burnt pictures, several photographs, handmade pillows, blankets, jewelry, dolls, pickled fruit and vegetables, cakes, cookies and flowers.
The best-in-show winners included David Wilson for his wood burning portrait and frame, Crosby Liverman for his sunflower seed brittle and Bryli Wilson for her tropical flower arrangement.
The reserve best in show included Pat Clepper for his crown of thorns, Montana Caler for her medieval costume and Devyn Moore for her onions.
The fair had about 230 entries, which is on par with previous years, said Karen DeZarn, Lampasas Agrilife Extension Office agent.
It also had more than 50 visitors during the three hours the exhibit was open to the public.
The Extension office is glad to run the fair during Spring Ho weekend so more people can enjoy the work, DeZarn said.
"It is just hobbies and it just showcases their skills," she said. "It is just a down-home thing - a down-home county fair."
The exhibit is open to the public in the community room at First Texas State Bank, 501 E. Third St., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with a break for the Spring Ho Parade on Saturday.
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2011 Spring Ho County Fair winners
Adult (18 and older) Best of Show: David Wilson
Adult Reserve Best of Show: Pat Clepper
Intermediate (13-18) Best of Show: Crosby Liverman
Intermediate Reserve Best of Show: Montana Caler
Junior (12 and younger) Best of Show: Bryli Wilson
Junior Reserve Best of Show: Devyn Moore
Adult Grand Champion: Sandy Tompkins, cucumber
Adult Reserve Champion: Ron Porter, hot peppers
Junior Grand Champion: Devyn Moore, onions
Junior Reserve Grand Champion: Devyn Moore, green peppers
Crafts and Textiles
Adult Grand Champion: Peggy Bledsoe, machine pieced quilt
Adult Reserve Champion: Jayne Weichert, dolls
Junior Grand Champion: Bryli Wilson, tropical fresh arrangement
Junior Reserve Grand Champion: Devyn Moore, deer boat
Adult Grand Champion: David Wilson, wood burning picture frame
Adult Reserve Champion: Azalea Dell Aldinger, duck egg, hand etched
Junior Grand Champion: Avery Moorehead, frog photo on grass
Adult Grand Champion: Peggy Bledsoe, pickled mixed vegetables
Adult Reserve Champion: Gail Eltgroth, cucumber relish
Adult Grand Champion: Skeeter Smith, banana cake
Adult Reserve Champion: Crystal Bunch, chocolate cake (mix) with white chocolate icing
Intermediate Grand Champion: Crosby Liverman, sunflower seed brittle
Intermediate Reserve Grand Champion: Crosby Liverman, poppy seed cake (mix)
Junior Grand Champion: Avery Moorehead, chocolate surprise cupcakes
Junior Reserve Grand Champion: Keely Wilson, cream filled pumpkin cupcakes
Adult Grand Champion: Shirley Beyer, square dance costume
Adult Reserve Champion: Karen Dezarn, machine quilted purse
Intermediate Grand Champion: Montana Caler, medieval costume
Junior Grand Champion: Avery Moorehead, shorts and top
Junior Reserve Grand Champion: Sydney Dishman, decorated purse
Horticulture Potted Plants
Adult Grand Champion: Pat Clepper, crown of thorns
Adult Grand Champion: Bryli Wilson, purple necklace
Adult Reserve Champion: Phyllis Poehlman, necklace
Junior Grand Champion: Bryli Wilson, turquoise peace sign
Adult Grand Champion: Gail Eltgroth, fall quilt