Several competitive events will be featured at the Hoschton “Jump Right In Fest,” which will take place during the upcoming Hoschton Fall Festival, including a sweet tea shootout, mason jar free-for-all, “Why I Call Hoschton Home…” photo contest, a 5K walk and run, the annual scarecrow competition, scarecrow team competition and a Christian singing competition. Entry forms and information on all events can be found on www.cityofhoschton.com.
SWEET TEA SHOOTOUT
Participants in the Sweet Tea Shootout must bring five gallons of any flavor or variety of tea in closed containers to the Hoschton Depot between 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The tea will be poured into dispensers for the people’s choice selection. Sampling will be from 2-4 p.m. Winners will be announced on Saturday evening.
MASON JAR FREE FOR ALL
Anything preserved or presented in mason jars can be entered in the mason jar free-for-all. If the entry should be sampled with other food items such as crackers, chips, etc., the contestant must provide the food items in sandwich-sized bags. Entries can be turned in to Hoschton City Hall with an entry form between Monday through Thursday, Sept. 23-Sept 26 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Judges’ decisions will be based on personal preferences and will be final. Judging will be Friday, Sept. 27 and winners will be announced at the 6 p.m. concert.
The photo competition is for anyone who loves Hoschton, organizers stated. Photos must be submitted digitally via email to email@example.com. The subject line should read: “photo contest.” Name, address, phone number and where the photo was taken and any personal description of why photo was chosen should be included. All photos are due by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. Wining photos may be used on the 2014 Calendar and placed on the city’s website. Additional prizes may also be awarded, according to organizers.
SCARECROW/TEAM SCARECROSS COMPETITION
The Scarecrow and Team Scarecrow Competition involve making scarecrows, the unofficial symbol of the Hoschton Fall Festival. To enter the scarecrow competition an entry form, fee and a scarecrow must be brought to the Hoschton Heritage Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 14 or Sunday, Sept. 15 between 1-3 p.m. Winners in categories will receive monetary awards and the winners will be announced at the fall festival. The team competition will be held on the Hoschton Square at 1 p.m. where all teams must compete in making a scarecrow vignette. A team of judges for each division – business, nonprofit or family/individual, will award monetary awards and a trophy.
Runners are encouraged to enter the Jump Right In and Run 5K on Sept. 28 at 8 a.m. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. at New Community Church. There is a $20 pre-registration fee if received by Sept. 25. The fee is $25 on Race Day. Each participant receives a goody bag and a race T-Shirt. Awards will be given to the overall male and female as well as the top three runners in age groups beginning with 10-and-under to 70-and older. The proceeds beneftis to the Weekend Kids Backpack Program.
CHRISTIAN SINGING COMPETITION
On Sunday, Sept. 29, soloist and groups (no choirs) will compete on the stage in downtown Hoschton during a singing competition sponsored by The Church of Hoschton and the Hoschton Jubilee. Judges will determine for the top three finalists who will receive monetary prizes. The winners will also perform at the Hoschton Jubilee on Saturday, Oct. 19. The online registration deadline is Sunday, Sept. 15 and costs $25 per person, which includes a T-shirt. The onsite registration ends at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event and costs $25 with no T-shirt. All questions should be directed to Pastor E. Cory Sexton at 678-234-9408 or 706-654-8415 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vendor and parade applications are also available online. An annual American Streetrodders Car Show will be held on property near The Church of Hoschton.