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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Royal Election 2013 Vote for your favorite Hamdidates Cast your votes and your spare change into jars and piggy banks for the pigsteemed Best of 2013 Hogeye Royalty. Voting Jars for the Hogeye Hamdidates, Forest Dennis and Theresa McShan, will be at the following locations: The Owl, Post Office, Dorothy's, Morelia's, Jalisco's and City Café.

Forest "Holiday Ham" Dennis is ready to help ham up any holiday or Elgin event. A native Texan from San Antonio, he spent 33 years in the Dallas area, then as soon as he and his lovely wife could get their two piglets out of the pigsty they moved to Elgin in 2006 for some small town fun. They have two grand-

piglets and a squealer on the way. Forest has served on the Main Street board five years and hog-heartedly lends a hoof in some pretty high places. He's pigfectionately known as the holiday lights man, and porkanized the Main Street lighting project for downtown buildings trimmed in rooftop lights for a night skyline. Forest was the Hogeye Festival chair for the past three years, and his wife, Cheryll, was Hogeye Vendor chair those three years. Their porkfect marriage, friendly pigsonalities and porkfessionalism raised Hogeye Festival to a pig-flying sensational height of attendance of new Hogeye fans. He not only views Main Street in various ways of serving the community, but he also lives on Main Street. His pigsty is a porkpular site for a beautiful holiday light display, coordinated to music on the radio, and a singing Christmas tree. As a previous floral shop owner, he offers porkfectional pigsperience decorating floats for many Elgin parades, decorating the SPJST hall for EISD's Dancing with the Elgin Stars, and other community events. Forest is also the new President of Envision Elgin, and recently joined the Chamber of Commerce.

Theresa "Pigtootie" McShan is a porkriginal Elginite from right here in Sweet Home Elgin, Texas. She has watched lots of Hogeye piglets grow up as the chair of the children's parade for 17 years. She retired earlier this year as parade

porkanizer, and passed on her happy piglet parade knowledge to a new hogunteer so she can now just enjoy being a grandsow for her four little grandpiglets. Snoutside the piggy fun, this superpigsational Pigtootie of the community served on EISD's Advisory Council, before joining Envision Elgin, and Elgin's City Council from 2002-2010. While serving on city council she supported upgrading the water plants (for better hogwash), lights in the parks (for safer pigs and piglets), the conception of the community center at Morris Park (renovating the hogspital), helped organize the Bastrop County Martin Luther King Walk and supported the ACC campus project which was recently opened (to educate hometown pigs & piglets at Austin Community College). Her family has owned McShan’s Barber Shop on Central Avenue for decades. Her son, Terrance, is now owner/operator. In 2004 she was named Elgin's Most Worthy Citizen. Pigtootie also serves in her church as the Church Musician, Youth Director, and Sunday School teacher, and loves her Sweet home Elgin, Texas!

Hogalicious Dessert Contest to test locals’ baking skills Pigs and piglets alike love to cook and show off their skills and there’s nothing better to please the porkers than desserts! With that in mind, the Hogalicious Dessert Contest has partnered with the Pearls Before Swine Art Show reception this year, to add some tasty treats to those viewing and voting on their favorite art pieces. Contestants need to have their dessert entries at 201 N Main by 6 p.m. Desserts must be submitted along with the entry form.

The entry fee per dessert is $12 for adults and $8 for youth 16 and under. Desserts must fall into one of two categories - pies or cakes. Contestants may only submit one dessert per category. The desserts must be home baked and box mixes are acceptable. No store bought cakes or pies are allowed. The receipe need not be original and all ingredients must be listed on the registration form in consideration of judge’s possible food allergies. The contest is not open to commercial bakeries or restaurants.

Bake it ‘pretty’ because all entries will be judged according to presentation and taste and will be judged anonymously. A number will be asigned to each entry and only the committee chair will know the identity of the baker. Contestants will not be present during the judging process. All the desserts will be available for public consumption after the judging ends to the delight of those attending the art show reception! First, second and third place winners will

be determined for each category in the adult and youth divisions. Winners will be announced during the Pearls Art Show reception Thursday evening and will receive gift cards as prizes. Registration forms are available at the Elgin Courier, the Post Office and at City Hall. For more information contact Megan Stuart at (512) 913-8941. The Pearls Before Swine Art Show and Silent Auction reception will be at 201 North Main Street, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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