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Show off your hard work and enter to win prizes! The Howell County News' Fall Bounty Contest will again be a part of Willow Springs Fall Fest in Willow Springs this Saturday, Oct. 4. Prizes from local businesses will be awarded for first- and second-place winners in various fresh foods and canned goods categories. Contest categories include best fresh fruit; best fresh produce; best preserved fruit; best preserved vegetables; best jam, jelly, marmalade or preserve; and best preserved food-other (meat, salsa, relish, sauces). Entries must be submitted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Howell County News or between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the booth in front of the Howell County News office on Main Street.
The Arts & Crafts vendors will fill-up Main Street with unique product offerings from local business owners and craft lovers, organizers say. The Food Court will host a variety of vendors offering treats, snacks, and lunch choices. The Kids’ Zone is a new addition to the festival and will be full of carnival type games for kids and adults alike to enjoy. The Kids’ Zone game prices start at 50 cents and go up to $1. Prizes will be available to win from each game.
This year’s theme is “Another One Bites The Dust.” All are invited to come out and support the Liberty Eagles at the Eagle’s Nest on Friday, October 3. Homecoming Queen coronation will be during halftime.
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released the dates in which the groups are supposed to meet. The teams of parents and educators first met on Sept. 22 and 23 in Jefferson City. Four more dates have been set for team meetings: Oct. 2, 3, 20 and 21. The work groups have until Oct. 1, 2015, to deliver their academic standards recommendations.