Amateur talent to take center stage at annual festival

By Erika Pedroza | Published Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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Eleven local, amateur artists will take center stage Saturday at the first-ever “Paradise Has Talent” – one of the many features of the town’s annual Main Street Festival.

“We’ve always had live entertainment, but this year we thought we’d try something a little bit different,” said Donna Weeden, one of the event’s organizers. “We look forward to hearing our amateur talent.”

The talent show begins at 10:30 a.m. with the winner announced at noon.

The seventh annual festival – organized by the Paradise Historical Society – also features a quilt show showcasing works of all types – old and new, handmade and machine-made.

“Some will be whimsical, some nostalgic, but all will bring a warm sense of pride and craftsmanship to the art of quiltmaking,” Weeden said.

Prizes will be awarded by popular vote for the Best Handmade and Best Machine-made.

There is no entry fee. Download an entry form at or fill one out when you deliver your quilt – between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Paradise United Methodist Church, 301 S. Oak St.

The quilts will be displayed throughout the festival and must be picked up by the end of the festival. Event organizers promise that reasonable care will be taken for the safety and protection of all entries.

Classic cars and antique farm equipment will also be on display throughout the festival. In the car show, prizes will be awarded in several categories including a People’s Choice award and Best of Show, the latter selected by “professional judges.”

The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies – welcome from Mayor Sam Starr, opening prayer by Patty Mahaffey, presentation of the colors by the Wise County Veterans Group and patriotic music by the Paradise High School band.

Other activities include a live auction and “possibly as many as 50” vendor booths – food, hand-crafted items, non-profit organizations, local businesses, leather crafters, jewelry, etc. To register, call Gay Read at (940) 969-3680 or download a vendor form at

A Polaris Trail Boss 330 four-wheeler will be raffled. Tickets are $10 each and can be obtained from historical society members and Hometown Tees in Paradise.

Proceeds of the event benefit the historical society and the Paradise Veterans Memorial Park.

The evening continues with the Paradise Volunteer Fire Department fish fry at 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall.

“Good weather is forecast,” Weeden said. “We hope this means a great turnout for this fun-filled event.”


Saturday, Sept. 29

  • 8 a.m. – car show registration
  • 10 a.m. – opening ceremonies, car show judging
  • 10:30 a.m. – Paradise Has Talent talent show
  • noon – car show and talent show winners announced
  • 1 p.m. – live entertainment by Dakota Burns
  • 3 p.m. – live auction in the Fire Hall
  • 4 p.m. – presentation of Community Service Award, raffle drawing, quilt show winners announced, Volunteer Fire Department fish fry, entertainment by Tyler Castor

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