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Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 14, 2000
Arts and crafts festival to be held
The fifth annual Carlsbad Summer Arts and Crafts Festival will be held
Aug. 19-20 in the Carlsbad Civic Center. Artists and crafters from throughout
the Southwest will fill the building with original art and handcrafted
items. Hours for the show are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday
from noon to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge.
Mel Prather, organizers for the event, said the upcoming show would
feature a number of "first-time" participants. "Some of these newcomers
to Carlsbad will offer items such as original drawings on wood, glazed
almonds, floral art, tole painting, wood signs, paper towel holders, hand-thrown
pottery, sun catchers, clocks, painted candle holders, night lights, hooded
towels, clothing and nail art," Prather said.
Also new are those with jewelry, quilts, quillas, homemade candy, soup
and dip mixes, handmade soaps and hand creams, wood bowls, painted gourds,
rock fountains, stone jewelry and outdoor art.
Other items will also be for sale.
Local 4-H members participate in program
Learning today, leading tomorrow was the focus of 250 youth from all across
Texas as they participated in the 2000 Texas 4-H Congress at the State
Capitol, July 16-19. The three day mock legislative session allowed the
4-H members to participate in committee meetings, debate on the floor of
the Texas Senate and House of Representatives chambers, along with having
interaction with a 4-H press corp member or lobbyists.
Locally, Barbara Cardenas, Texas 4-H Council Delegate at Large, of Reeves
County and Pecos 4-H Club was one of the members that participated in this
premiere leadership experience. As a participant in the Texas 4-H Congress,
Cardenas served as a member of the Press Corp.
As part of their duties the 4-H participants were reminded that decisions
and actions were a reflection of the people they were serving back in their
counties, providing a challenge for many when casting a vote on the fate
of a bill. According to Toby Lepley, Extension Program Specialist 4-H and
coordinator of the Texas 4-H Congress, "this event provides an opportunity
for 4-H members to experience first hand the history and government lessons
that they have learned or been told about from school. They see and experience
the difficulty that real legislators sometime have in trying to pass a
bill through committee, the House and Senate and on to the Governor."
As the final gavel was banged four out of 122 bills were sent to the
Governor's desk for passage or veto. In addressing the joint houses, Tom
Ben Williams, Texas 4-H President and Governor of Texas 4-H Congress passed
three of the bills into law and vetoed one.
Several of the highlights of Texas 4-H Congress included addresses from
Agricultural Commissioner, Susan Combs, Representatives Robert Cook and
Bob Turner. Representative Robert Cook and Senator Gonzalo Barrientos served
as the official hosts and sponsors of the events held in the Texas State
Capitol. The event was hosted by the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program
and the Texas Agricultural Extension Service with sponsorship provided
by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Foundation, R.S.M.I.S. Foundation Houston
Livestock Show and Rodeo, Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation and TXU.
York M. "Smokey" Briggs, Publisher
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