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Monthly Archives: August 2012

On Saturday, September 1 the Wichita Falls Farmers Market at 8th & Ohio in Wichita Falls will host “Fall Gardening with Master Gardener Bonnie Jones” The program will run from 9 until 11 am. Master Gardener Bonnie Jones’ presentation will include: What to Plant ~ When to Plant ~ How to Build a Cold Frame ~ Mulches & Potting Soil ~ Compost Recipe for Raised Bed Gardening & More. She will also be able to sign-up folks for the next Master Gardener Program.

The Farmers Market hours are 7:30 am to 1 pm. and is sponsored by the Charlie ~ Thornberry Farmers Market Association.

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Local Gardeners are encouraged to exhibit produce at the Texas Oklahoma Fair in Wichita Falls. The Agricultural Produce classes include: Beans – 6 of one variety Apples – 4 of one variety; Carrots – 4 of one variety Figs – 6 of one variety ; Cucumbers – 4 of one variety Pears – 4 of one variety ;Okra – 4 of one variety Persimmons – 4 of one variety ; Peppers – 4 of one variety Grapes – 3 clusters of one variety ; Pumpkin – 1 of any variety ; Squash – 4 of one variety ; Tomato – 6 of one variety ; Sweet Potatoes – 3 of 1 variety; Melons- 1 each ; Gourds1-3 single or different varieties.

There will be an entry fee of $2.00 per item and there is no preregistration. Exhibits should be taken to the MPEC Exhibit Hall on Monday, 10 September, 2012 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. No items will be accepted for competition after 7 p.m. on Monday, September 10. Exhibit entry forms must be completed by each exhibitor. Each exhibitor must complete an exhibition tag. The exhibitor’s name should not be visible on the entry.

Exhibits will be on display beginning Tuesday, 11 September, 2012 at 6 p.m. Exhibits must remain on display until 9 p.m. Saturday, 15 September, 2012, when they should be removed, or removed at a time to be announced at the time of registration.

Judging will begin Monday after 7 p.m. Ribbons will be awarded for the first through 3rd place and honorable mention. The decision of the judges will be final. If there are no exhibits in a category meriting ribbons, then no ribbons will be awarded. No exhibitors shall be present during the time of judging.

The entry must have been grown by the exhibitor. There are two age categories: youth(under 18) and adults (over 18).


Your 2012 Texas State Hippology Champions! In their second trip to the state competition the Wichita County team may have started a dynasty in horse circles. Last year they placed second in the state and this year they won the senior title.

The Wichita County Hippology team maybe carving out a dynasty in the horse world after earning the 2012 Texas Hippology Champion title in their second trip to the finals. The team includes: Allison Wilson, Larissa Dillard, Mikah Slatter and Noel Dillard.

In addition to winning the championship, they brought home the top three senior individual awards– Larissa, first place, Mikah, second place, and Allison third place.

Just how good are they? Larissa was only 15 points away from and perfect score and Allison and Mikah were only separated by one point.


The first backyard composting classes in Wichita Falls will begin on Saturday, September 15 from 8 am to 12 noon at the sanitation office located at 200 Sunset Drive.

This will be a hands on how-to class for those who want to learn the fundamentals of composting. In addition, there will be three more classes for those who want to go on to earn their certification as a Master Composter. Dates are Sept. 29, Oct 13 and Oct 27.

Registration is limited to 40 participants and anyone interested should call David Lehfeldt at 940.761.7977. There is no cost to attend and participants will be eligible for discounts on compost bins and worm boxes.

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The entry deadline for the Texas Oklahoma Fair Hay Show has been extended until August 31. All hay must have been harvested in Archer, Clay, Wilbarger or Wichita counties in Texas or Cotton, Tillman, Jefferson and Jackson counties in Oklahoma during calendar year 2012.

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Although the retail beef supply is expected to grow, along with relaxed prices in the short term, consumer preferences for pricier cuts may change says MeatingPlace reporter Michael Fielding.

Already, sales of bone-in ribeye have been reduced dramatically to 17.5 million pounds in the second quarter 2012 from 21.5 million pounds a year ago – an 18 percent drop.

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For its latest marketing campaign, Jack Link’s hired a mosaic artist to create portraits out of its jerky products of President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. They already have one of Sasquatch.

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