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Texas Hold’Em At Pownal Fair

By Susan Bush
12:00AM / Sunday, July 24, 2005

Pownal, Vt. – A cash prize Texas Hold’Em tournament is scheduled as part of the July 30 Pownal Valley Fair.

The tournament begins at 11 a.m.. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and a $50 entry fee must be paid during registration. One $10 buy back is allowed. Fair organizers have announced that there will be an 80 percent payback of registration fees, and offered examples of the distribution of prizes.

A 50-player tournament would result in a $900 first prize, a $500 second prize, and a $280 third prize. In the event that 100 players participate, first prize would be $1800, second prize $1000, and a third prize award would total $560, according to information included in a fair brochure. Cash prizes to sixth place are set to be awarded.

Fireworks, Tractor Pulls, and More

The fair will be held on Church Street behind the post office on Route 346. Most fair attractions open at 10 a.m. and the fair closes at 10 p.m., after a 9:30 p.m. fireworks display concludes. An antique tractor pull is scheduled to kick off at 9:30 a.m..

Parking at the post office is prohibited and a parking ban will be strictly enforced.

People with exhibit hall entries of vegetables, fruits, canned products, and crafts must deliver their goods to the hall between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.. Judging will start at 10 a.m. and the hall will be opened to the public at 11 a.m.. Southern Bennington County’s “moose-mania” will be acknowledged at the exhibit hall; children are invited to submit “moose art” for judging. Fair information states that the art may be “drawings, paintings, Veggie Art, or any other art object.”

Town resident Rita Jowett will begin the children’s games at 10 a.m., and "Pownal Express" conductor and engineer Suzanne St. Hilaire has announced that the very popular multi-car “train” will launch its’ first run of the day at 10 a.m.. A “kiddie pedal tractor pull” is scheduled to begin around noon.

Crafters and vendors are expected to offer an assortment of wares on the fairgrounds.A food court will be in operation throughout the day.

Another fair tradition, a 50/50 Bingo game, is set to begin at 11:30 a.m., as is a precision wood-splitting event led by Roger Contois and Trey Carter. A horseshoe tournament is also in the cards for fair day.

Children’s games conclude at 2 p.m. so that a “survivor” game can begin. Fair information states “survivor starts with all new challenges. If you dare, try your skills at this game.”

The “Wild Country Cloggers” are slated for a 2 p.m. performance. At 3:30 p.m., “Mr. Mountain Music will take center stage with his opera of crazy dances, music and prizes,” according to fair information.

Pig Roast "Under the Tent"

The Messina family has agreed to return to the fair and prepare a pig roast meal. Tickets for the pig roast will be sold throughout the day and “take-home” meals are expected to be available. “Mr. Mountain Music,” also known as “Maestro Moose-art,” will end his stage show at 6:30 p.m., and Bob and Nancy Clermont of Starstruck Entertainment will deliver music into the evening hours.

The fair celebrates its 12th anniversary this year and is promoted as a “homespun” event that charges no fairgrounds admission fee. The fair is organized and operated entirely by volunteers and is funded by community donations.

Susan Bush may be reached via e-mail at suebush123@adelphia.net or at 802-823-9367.
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