Second Annual Fall Festival of Hope Has Great Success

October 22, 2019 - (Album) - The Second Annual Fall Festival of Hope was held Saturday, October 19, 2019 on the Center square. 

To kick off the event a 5K run was held at the John D. Windham Civic Center. After the race was completed, the awards were presented on the square amidst the large variety of vendor booths.

Judy Monroe welcomed everyone to the event and Christine Taylor honored the participants with their medals.

The overall winners of the 5K were: 1st Place - Luciana Moreno; 2nd Place - Delia Diaz; and 3rd Place - Tonya Andrews. (See more results here)

As the day progressed several other activities continued throughout the event. A variety of homemade pies and cakes were brought to be judged by Cindy Lindsey, Kenneth Wagner and Rolando Solis. 

The winners of the pie contest are as follows:
Fruit Category:
1st place - Cheryl Milford - Blueberry Cream Cheese Banana pie
2nd place - Jessica Migues - Pecan Apple Streusel pie

Nut Category:
1st place - Melanie Farmer - Pecan Caramel Toffee pie
2nd place - Kelly Snider - Pecan pie
3rd place - June Stevens - Pecan pie

Custard Category
1st place - Cecelia Boles - Coconut Cream pie
2nd place - June Stevens - Buttermilk pie
3rd place - Leroy Creech - Sweet Potato pie

People's Choice - June Stevens for her Pecan pie

The first ever Crushin Cancer Jeep Show sponsored by Wright Chrysler Dodge Jeep was also held during the festival and the winners are as follows:

  • Classic Jeep Pre-1986 - Best in Class - Bill and Cindy Durham 1977 of Shelbyville
  • Wrangler YJ 1987-1995 - Best in Class - Amanda Kirby
  • Wrangler TJ 1997-2006 - Best in Class - Rick Kirby of Center
  • Wrangler JK - Best in Class - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JKU - Best in Class - Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Wrangler JLU - Best in Class - Greg Hubbard of Center
  • Most Extreme Trail Jeep - Brian Verdeen of Many, Louisiana
  • People's Choice - Dustin Ramsey of Shreveport
  • Kids Choice -  Amy Stevens of Logansport, Louisiana
  • Overall Best in Show - Greg Hubbard of Center

There were three participants in a chili cookoff this year. After the cooks worked hard preparing their chili, and once it was judged the awards were announced. 


1st place and People's Choice was awarded to Michelle Walker; 2nd place to Shelby Savings Bank; and 3rd place to Makayla Swift.

Proceeds are to go to the Boo’s Battle Support Fund, a non-profit organization designed to benefit local families who are battling cancer.  

Boo's Battle Support Fund reports in 2018 they raised $10,000 and their goal for 2019 was $12,500. In fact the 2nd Annual Fall Festival of Hope raised a total of $13,374.47. 

"God is blessing this non profit to be able to help so many people who are battling cancer. We couldn’t do it without any of you. We are so amazed and all the glory to God. We want to thank everyone for all the continued support. If you or someone you know needs assistance please message us or tell them about us. We are here and plan on being here for a very long time."

A variety of raffles were held and the winners were: 
1st prize - Craft Sparks - A guided Axis Buck Hunt donated by EOE Ranch.
2nd prize - Brad Hughes - A Box Stand donated by Haslam Trailers and Buildings. 
3rd prize - John Rutledge - A Ruger American Predator 6.5 Creedmor.

A pink Yeti cooler with additional items donated was also included in a raffle with the winner being Cindy Throckmorton. 

The Boo's Battle Support Fund organization expressed thanks all those who bought tickets and donated the items. They also had great gratitude to all businesses who donated these items, and they thanked everyone for buying chances and helping raise money for such a great cause. 

In addition, Brookshire Brothers in Joaquin was high on their list of contributors for donating all the pumpkin patch pumpkins for the 2nd year in a row.