Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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April 15, 2013

BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL: Checking out the Gallatin GopherFest, Jacksonville Tomato Fest, places to meet and ribbon cuttings

JACKSONVILLE — Excellent rule of thumb for any business columnist: Never pass up the chance to promote an attention-attracting festival of any kind in this area. Especially when there's superb chili involved.

To that effect, it should be noted that residents of the Gallatin area will host their 9th-annual Gallatin GopherFest today at the community center grounds in town.

Area residents are invited to “Bring their chairs, family and friends and come out for a day of fun.”

You'll recall, of course, that the town of over 400 people is an incorporated farming community at the junction of Farm roads 22 and 768 in the center of Cherokee County, roughly six miles north of Rusk.

But by all indications, it sounds like it could be worth the drive. It's an all-day event with arts and crafts, delicious chili cook-offs, and skill-testing horseshoe and washer tournaments.

Kids with restless leg syndrome can test the event's “Bouncehouse” for hopping-good fun.

David and Debbie Chandler are cookout coordinators. Interested persons may call Debbie Chandler at 903-705-9708 for additional information.

Tasty barbecue will be offered for sale by the Gallatin Volunteer Fire Department. Musical entertainment will be provided by “Sugar Mountain,” Ian Chandler, Flowers and Akin and other groups.

There also will be cake walks and a live auction. Raffles will be conducted for baskets of goodies and other items. All proceeds will be donated to the Gallatin Community Center for its maintenance and upkeep. Future projects include picnic tables, new flooring in the kitchen, main room and updating the building itself.

The 2013 Commemorative Gallatin GopherFest T-Shirts will be on sale for $10. Call 936.537.2448 to pre-order before April 13.

Booths for the event are $25 each. All food items have to be cleared with Cherokee County Health Dept. prior to sale. Booth registration should be made with vendor registration for the City of Gallatin, P.O. Box 95; Gallatin 75764; or by calling George Bostock III at 903-683-2056 or Mayor Palmer, 936-537-2448 or mayor@gallatintx.com.

Additional information can be obtained from Mayor Palmer or from Jane Bolden at 903-262-0595.

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