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Sweet Potato Cooking/Baking Contest



The Golden Sweet Potato Festival has a cooking/baking contest every year!  It is such a great way to participate in our festival, and it is open to all ages.   Entries are served to our judges who evaluate all aspects of the dish ie. Presentation, texture and of course taste. 

This year we are excited to announce we will have a Special Guest Judge!  Mama Steph from on East Texas Kitchen as seen on KLTV will be with us that day judging! Visit her Facebook page and give her a LIKE and tell her you are happy to have her be a part of our festival!


There is a pie baking contest and also a miscellaneous contest, BUT the item entered MUST contain Sweet Potatoes!  Plaques and Ribbons are awarded along with cash prizes. Cash prizes awarded are; 1st $ 100.00, 2nd $50.00 and 3rd $35.00 and prizes will be award in both categories!

This all goes down on Friday the 23rd of October, the day before the Festival. Come Festival day, October 24th, 2015 the prize winning pies and dishes will become part of our Annual Sweet Potato Auction.  How exciting to see how much your award winning recipe brings at our Auction!  


Call grandma up and get her to pull out those family recipes and get to cooking!   Entry forms are available on the festival info page! 

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The Dance is Back!



September 2015 is here and that means that the Golden Sweet Potato Festival Board Members and Committees are in full on prep mode.  The festival has several different events that occur each year and they are all put on by volunteers and with donations from our Community and local Business’.   The Dance was something that everyone had grown to expect when they knew festival weekend was nearing, but after a few years of low attendance the Dance was dropped from our Festival Events.  


This year we are mixing things up and bringing back the Dance!  We hope that this will be an event that will pull the whole community together, young and old.  Small towns are always in need of activities that the whole family can get out  together and enjoy.  Take advantage and bring your Wife/Husband out for a little two steppin’, teach your kiddos how to get around a dance floor, & see all of those friends of yours from Facebook. J


11951326 457894461080322 2344702242937204929 nWe are excited to brinChris Bevill & the S.O. Band to the Golden Sweet Potato Festival Stage! Chris Bevill & the S.O. Band are an East Texas Band that have opened up for artist such as Brandon Rhyder, Gary Kyle, Fred Andrews and Honeybrowne, Jason Boland and The Stragglers and Deryl Dodd just to name a few with many more opening shows to come! The band performs for private shows, weddings, at Prisons, Bike Rallies, Dance Halls, Festivals and Live Music Venues of all kinds and will bring good fun and good Texas, Country, Southern Rock, Americana and original music.  


 Mark your calendars now and plan to bring the whole family out that Saturday night!  It promises’ to be a great night of family, friends, great music, & dancing!   We look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Golden Sweet Potato Festival!!

Check back with us, we are working hard to get more information on this year’s pageant and our NEW event, the Sweet Potato Pie Eating Contest! 






Customer Service.  It is vital to the success of your business.  It is the ONE thing that your customers will always remember, whether it was really great, or really bad.  
Why do people remember your customer service above all else?  Because, in all reality, people are not just looking at your product or service, they are looking at you.  You are representative of your business and your customer or potential customer will base their opinion of your business off of their impression of YOU!

Maintaining a high level of customer service is also key to customer retention and long term growth.  Mark Faust, a growth and turnaround consultant, notes in Growth or Bust, that “increasing your customer service level from a 6 to an 8 on a 10 scale can improve your customer retention by 50%”.

So, how do we provide this top of the line customer service that will attract and keep our customers?  Well, here are a few of the top areas of concern that will make the best or worst impressions on our customers.  
1)  Prompt Response to Phone Calls:  Communication is key to great customer service.  Our customers’ time is valuable and we must treat it as such.  How we communicate, respond and listen to customers is crucial in not only gaining their business but maintaining it.
2) Thoroughness in Communications:  Do not oversell or under promise results for your customer.  Talk to them honestly and tell them exactly what you can provide for them, and what they can expect from your service.  Make sure that your customer feels that you have listened to them and that they have been given the opportunity to express their needs and concerns with you.  

3) Frequency of Communication:  Your customers want to hear from you.  They want to feel as though you have an interest in them and their business, ESPECIALLY when there is a problem.  We are all human, and your customers know and understand that mistakes happen.  What is important to them is how you handle that mistake.  They want to hear from you and know what can be done to fix the problem and prevent it from happening again.  Most customers will not think about your level of customer service when things are going well.  It’s when a problem arises that your customer will take a much closer look at their relationship with you and the service you are providing to them.  
4) Service Promises:  Do not make a promise or guarantee to your customer unless you can 100% deliver!  Be upfront and honest.  Tell them what your service can help them with where their needs are concerned and then work to provide that.  Your customer will only expect you to do what you promise, so don’t promise more than you can confidently deliver.
The bottom line is that great customer service is vital to the success of your business.  Providing your customer with open, honest communication, and service to meet their needs, will keep them happy and your business reaping the numerous benefits that come from providing outstanding customer service!





To Reserve any of our venues please contact

Kelly Hobbs at 903-850-4935





Harold Simmons Community Center -  $175 per day

                                                                         $50 Early Entry 3pm Day Before (per availability)


Includes:     13- 8’  Tables

                  82 - Wooden Chairs

                  Kitchen 2- Stoves w/ovens, 

                  2- Refrigerators [Double Slide Glass Door & Fridge/Freezer Combo (not commercial)


(Some kitchenware on premises)

Coffee Pots        2

Restrooms          (Handicap Accessible)

Trash Receptacles

Cleaning Supplies



Pavilion - $100 per day



Includes:             Metal Chairs Available

                           Electrical Hook-Ups

                           Restrooms            (Behind Community Center NOT wheelchair accessible from pavilion)



Ben Bowden Building - $100 per day

Live Stock Arena - $75 per day


Click Here for Contract


Click Here to Review The HSCC Rules




Alba-Golden Livestock Show


OCTOBER 15, 2016


Livestock Pavilion, Golden, Texas

Dairy Cattle, Heifers, Steers, Lambs & Goats

Arrive & Register 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Weigh-in and Registration cards are due by 8:30 a.m

Show will begin at 9 a.m. following the show order below.

$20 Entry fee per head



Show Order

Ring 1

Market Lambs

Showmanship - Junior (13 & Under), Senior (14 & over)

Market Goats

Showmanship - Junior (13 & Under), Senior (14 & over)


Ring 2

Dairy Show

Showmanship - Junior (13 & Under), Senior (14 & over)

Steer Show

Heifers (American, British, & Exotic)

The ten largest breeds will make a breed.

Breeds will show in alphabetical order by division.

Beef Showmanship - Junior (13 & Under), Senior (14 & over)



Showmanship is a $5 jackpot for Junior and Senior Showmanship. Winner takes all!

Buckles for Division Heifer Champions as well as all Market Division Champions will be rewarded.

Awards will be given for class winners, Breed and Reserve Breed Champions, and Supreme and Reserve Supreme Champions.


**There will be plenty of Parking this year. We have moved our show the week before the festival in order to create enough parking for the exhibitors and their families.


For more information contact Robert Reynolds or Emily Barton at Alba-Golden ISD

Phone: (903) 768-2472 ext. 1228.






Tractor Pull:

        Peoples Choice Award
        Best Original -  
        Best Restoration
        Best Parade

Results of Photography Contest People:
Grand Champion –
Reserve Champion –

Outdoors, Landscapes, Flowers & Nature:
Grand Champion –
Reserve Champions –

Travel, Vacation, Sightseeing:
Grand Champion –
Reserve Champion –

Grand Champion –
Reserve Champion –

Action & Sports:
Grand Champion –

Black & White:
Grand Champion –
Reserve Champion –

Photographer's Choice Champion:

Honorable Mention:
Most Unique:

Pageant Winners :

Miss Potato Sprout:   
Mr Potato Sprout:  
Miss Tater Tot:  
Mr Tater Tot
Miss Curley Fry:   
Miss Sweet Potato:   
Sweet Potato Princess:  
Sweet Potato Queen: 


Singles : 1st -
                2nd -
Doubles: 1st -
                  2nd -


Baking Contest Winners 2012
 Champion of Champions:
    Champion of  Champion– 
    Reserve Champion of Champion –  
    Runner Up Champion of Champion – 
Pies division: 
    Grand Champion Pie – 
    Reserve Champion Pie – 
    Runner Up Champion Pie – 

Miscellaneous division: 
    Grand Champion Miscellaneous – 
     Reserve Champion Miscellaneous – 
     Runner Up Champion Miscellaneous –  

Parade :
School float – 
General Float –
Antique Car –
Wagon & Mule Team –
Antique Tractor- 
Best of All-



Muston Bustin’
4-5 year olds  - 
1st  -       2nd- 3rd- 
6 & 7 year olds-
1st  - 
  2nd -   3rd -
Best Dressed –