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2012 National Sand Bass Festival begins in Madill

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MADILL, OK -- The 2012 National Sand Bass Festival started Monday night at the courthouse square in Madill.

Vendors, carnival games, and all kinds of rides have the town square in the middle of Madill blocked off. The fest opened with a performance by the Gorrel's Karate Team, followed up by the talent search finals in the junior, teen, and adult divisions. KTEN's Lisanne Anderson was among the judges for the talent show. The Sand Bass Festival has been going continuously since 1987 and originally started in 1963.

Many vendors are raising money for different causes, like the County Junior Livestock Association. The association is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a smoker made by 4H and Future Farmers of America students. Bart Harper, FFA adviser and Madill teacher, says a smoker like the one the kids made would retail for over $2,000. The smoker raffle is a Sand Bass Festival tradition going back almost fifteen years.

"They constructed that, and we're selling chances on it, for a dollar a piece, or you can buy a package of six chances for five dollars. And basically, proceeds on that are going to go and help these kids throughout the course of the year, and at our livestock show that we have in March," Harper said.

The Crown for a Community Pageant also raises money for different organizations at the Sand Bass Festival. This year they chose the Fran Drummond Daycare Center. Pageant registration fees, merchandise sales, and Potty with a Purpose are all going straight to the center.
"It's a non-profit daycare center that's here in Madill. We're celebrating out 40th year anniversary, and the money is going to remodel and refurbish our center," said Amanda Rushing with A Crown for a Community.

"The potty for a purpose, it's a one dollar donation, and you can come, it's a very clean, hot pink potty, and everyone can come in. We have a sink in the back, so it's just kind of a cleaner version so that you can come in and still give back to your community by donating to the Fran Drummond Daycare Center," added Rushing.

Registration for the pageant is still ongoing until Thursday evening. The pageant takes place Saturday morning, and the fee is thirty-five dollars. Those interested in participating can sign up at the A Crown for a Community booth in the square, or at the Amazing Grace Boutique. For more information, contact (580)-677-9200, acrownforacommunity@gmail.com, or go to their Facebook page.