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Raymondville Festival Winners

By Shari Harris
  The Festival of Yesteryear, held in Raymondville annually, is a fundraising event for the Raymondville Volunteer Fire Department. The excellent community support for the event is a large part of its success. The vendors and demonstrators add to this, with their displays of yesteryear crafts and offerings of wares not found on the shelves of your local box store.
  The Blue Heaven Club is another component of the success of the event, not to mention the success of the community as a whole. This ladies group fundraises for the fire department with a food booth at the Festival. They also are involved in fundraising efforts for the school and they work together to provide things to people in their time of need or sorrow.
  Allen Flood was a vendor displaying how he makes arrowheads, using a variety of material including Agate, Ozarkite, Obsidian and Volcanic Glass. Deborah Carpenter showed the technique for tanning hides, while next to her, Stephanie Carpenter was making herbal salves and using plant materials to make dyes. The Mo. Dept. of Conservation had several types of furs on display, including a bearskin. Behind the Carpenters’ displays, Country Heritage Spinning and Weaving Guild of Ava were demonstrating skills of yesteryear. Robin Johnson showed how to spin wool into yarn. Other vendors and demonstrators were set up on the grounds and in the crafts building.
  In addition to the demonstrations, several contests were held throughout the day. In the costume contest, by age groups, winners were: Infant – four-years: Girls – Arabella first and Ellie second; Boys – Wyatt first, Elijah second and Weldon third. In the five – eight-years category, winners were: Girls – Alaina first; Boys – Dupree first, D’andre second and Lukas third. There were no entries in the nine – ten category, and in the 11 – 12-year-olds, winners were: Girls – Josey first and Truly second; Boys – Luke first.
The Pickle Contest was won by Carol Dewitt. There were several facial hair contests for the men. The winner of the Mustache Contest was Ed Cline. Brandon Dewitt won the Beard Contest, and McKee Colley took second place. The Full Facial Hair Contest had a tie for first place between Moose Hartman and Roy King, Cody Harrell took second, and Dennis Brown was third.
  The 2019 Raymondville Festival of Yesteryear was a great day of festivities, fun and fundraising, with a little learning and competition thrown in for good measure.


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