2014 Tyler County Fair will celebrate 40 years for event

August is not only the start of a new school year filled with humid after school practices and the beginning of Friday night lights, but it also ushers in another fair season. FFA and 4-H students all over the county are working in the heat and humidity to get their projects ready for the 2014 Tyler County Fair. "August is an exciting time for our fair kids," stated Tyler County Fair Board President, Billie Read. "This is the time when the kids are working hard to secure their spot in the auction. And the summer heat is hard on these animals. It's crucial the exhibitors pay extra attention to their projects. Their hard work pays off in the end though," Read went on to say. According to Read, some of these students have been working with their fair projects since early spring and will continue their work up until the Sunday after the fair. "The fair is not just FFA and 4-H projects, but it is also a showcase of some of the finest kids Tyler County has to offer," said Read.

The exhibitors are not the only ones getting things ready for this year's event, but fair organizers are busy as well. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the fairs continued success. Organizers are planning to make this year's fair the largest in its four decade history. The dates for the fun-filled event are October 1 through October 4, with each day jammed packed with family friendly activities. This year, as in years past, the Fair offers something for everyone. "We are going to get as much packed into the four day event as we possibly can," stated Home Economics Chairman, Leann Monk. "Besides the normal things we do each year, on Friday we are going to have the first ever "Tyler County Area Go Texan Day". This committee works hard all year to support our county students with scholarships and the fair board wanted to show our support of their efforts. They will be bringing in educational activities from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We are also going to have a Dutch oven cook-off, old fashioned farm hand games, and entertainment from Triple Creek RV Park. Then on Saturday we will be having a BBQ cook-off between the Tyler County FFA Chapters and 4-H Clubs," explained Monk. "You surely do not want to miss this year's fair! All of this is on top of what we normally do," said Monk.

For more information on the fair or entry forms, please contact Leann Monk at 409-200-1866 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The deadline for home economics and fine arts entries is Friday, September 19. The Dutch oven cook-off also has a deadline of the 19th.

Keeping Up With Home, Far Away From Home

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Keeping Up With Home, Far Away From Home—Betty Jo Duffy, 71, of Cleveland, Ohio stopped by the Booster riding her beautiful three-wheel Harley Davidson motorcycle, to renew her subscription in person. Duffy is a graduate of Warren High School and comes back to Tyler County often to visit friends and enjoy her childhood hometown. Duffy, like many former residents of our county, depend on the Tyler County Booster to keep them informed on the news, community happenings and great deals advertisers are offering. Do you know someone who would also like to receive the Booster weekly? Call or come by the office and subscribe for them, and we will give you a free classified ad. (Photo - Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster)

Bingham earns Master Trustee certificate


Spurger ISD trustee Paul Bingham has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During the fifth session, June 26-28, school board members in the 2013– 14 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team's findings following year-long research.

Class participants selected topics related to public school boards facing change and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study. Their research focused on topics that included strategies to deal with school choice, creating advocacy programs that work, meeting the educational needs of all children, loss of local control, and embracing changing culture.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB's Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

After the graduation ceremony June 27, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2014 Leadership TASB class, composed of 31 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

Frankie Kindle recognized for RSVP service years

Frankie Kindle

Tyler County's Frankie Kindle was recognized last week at the Nutrition Center in Woodville for her many years of volunteer service in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, and to Tyler County.
Deep East Texas Council of Goverments, better known to most folks as DETCOG, RSVP Director Pam Dunn praised Kindle for her work as an RSVP representative who has tirelessly advocated for the program. Many RSVP volunteers turned out for the event, which featured a meal provided by Elijah's Restaurant of Woodville.

DETCOG Executive Director Walter Diggles, Tyler County Precinct 1 Commissioner Martin Nash, and State Representative James White all praised Kindle for her volunteer work, and poked a little fun at her, as well, noting that Frankie isn't afraid to speak her mind when necessary.

Representative White presented Kindle with a flag that has flown over the state capital, as well as recognizing her for her volunteer service.

Sassy Scrappers workshop success

(Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster)(Jim Powers/Tyler County Booster)

The Sassy Scrappers held a workshop July 19 in the Fiber Arts building at Heritage Village in Woodville. In the workshop folks learned to make a simple quilt block that will ultimately be assembled with other blocks into lap quilts for our local veterans. There was a good turnout, and everyone seemed to have a great time. This young woman seemed to have the technique down pat. You can check out a gallery of photos from the workshop on the website under Features. watch a short video at