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Sept. 27, 1996

Hay Daze happens in Hewitt

By Sarah Hunter

Lariat Reporter

Cow patty bingo and hamburger cookoffs highlight Hay Daze, a festival starting Saturday morning in Hewitt.

Craft and game booths, live and silent auctions and a dance featuring the country and western band Cherokee Rose will also take place at Hewitt Park.

Hay Daze was a Hewitt tradition for approximately 19 years until 1993 when the festival ceased due to the loss of a location, said Jeannie Fagg, executive director of the Hewitt Chamber of Commerce.

A University sorority will be collecting bean bags and basketballs on the park grounds.

Between 40 and 45 Alpha Chi Omega members are helping with Hay Daze by manning the game booths for the children, said Heather Joens, service chairperson for Alpha Chi Omega and a Houston sophomore.

'We're helping ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) by manning the booths to get out and get involved,' Joens said.

Hay Daze is a fundraiser for Hewitt Chamber of Commerce, Fagg said.

'We are hoping for between 1,000 and 1,500 people throughout the day,' Fagg said, adding that Hewitt is a short drive down Interstate Highway 35.

A 5K and Fun Run starts off the festival at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Pre-registration costs $10 while registration Saturday costs $12.

'There are many prizes and Hay Daze T-shirts,' Fagg said.

Hamburger burners will show their stuff in the hamburger cook-off from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. She said civic organizations, churches and youth groups get together to cook the best burger. A panel of judges awards $175 for first prize and $125 for second place. Hamburgers are $2.

Also for sale will be cow patty bingo squares, for $5 each.

'A pen is divided into 100 squares and visitors can purchase the square in which they think the cow will make a deposit,' Fagg said.

The winner will get a portion of the proceeds, which is dependent upon how many squares sell, she said.

A silent auction will be conducted during the day, for which 'a large number of items have been donated,' Fagg said. There will also be approximately 40 arts and crafts booth set up on the park grounds.

During the day, a $1 parking fee will be charged.

The park will close temporarily after 5 p.m. and will re-open at 7 p.m. in preparation for the dance with Cherokee Rose performing at 8 p.m.

Admission for the dance is $5. Fagg said she suggested bringing a lawn chair to the dance.

There will also be a live auction when the band is on break.

'Baylor students love Cherokee Rose,' Fagg said. 'Come on out and dance. It's something to do on the weekend and it's a cheap date--hamburgers are only $2.'

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