Farmers & Artisan Market


The Houston County Farmers & Artisan Market will have a Special Market for Christmas!  Please join us on December 15 in the Erin Square.  Crafters and Home Businesses are welcome.  If you would like to participate, please call Andy Hale at 585.610.7619!


Irish Day 2019

Roots of the Irish Run Deep is the theme for our 57th Annual Wearin’ of the Green Irish Day Parade and Arts & Crafts Festival. It will be held on March 16, 2019.  Our Irish Day Celebration is often listed as one of the Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the United States!

Information on the 2019 Irish Day will be available shortly. If you wish to participate in either the Leprechaun or Grand Parade, we will have information available soon.  Craft and Food Vendors should check here after November 15, 2018 for application forms.

Genealogy Workshop

Melissa Barker teaches a free Genealogy Workshop at the Houston County Library. The Friends of the Houston County Library provides pizza!

Bring your research with you and get help checking out a few websites! Perhaps you will be able to break down a brick wall!

On October 23, the topic will be “Writing Your Ancestor’s History:  Just Do It!”.  This will be the last workshop for 2018.  Workshops will return in January 2019.


Houston County Legislative Body Meetings

The Houston County Legislative Body

will meet on

November 21 at 6:30pm at the HC Courthouse.

The Pre-Legislative Body Work Session will take place at 5:00pm.

All meetings are open to the public.




SCSEP Opportunities

Robin Last works in Houston County with the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP).  She is currently recruiting older workers that may need help obtaining employment in Houston County.  September is Older Worker’s Week.   They have several Federally-funded positions that they would like to fill.


WANTED!­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ – Workers Age 55+
Unemployed?  Limited/low income?
Do you want to work?

Can you work?  Do you wish you had a part-time job?  How great would it be to do something to earn a little money and make your life better?  Have you ever used a computer?  Do you have a desire to help others?  Do you want to learn new skills? 

These are the type of questions that can help you decide if the SCSEP program might be right for you.  SCSEP is funded through a Federal grant as part of the Older American Workers Act.  Many people over the age of 55 often have difficulty finding work and maybe they physically just can’t do what they used to do but still have a desire to “do more”. 

Senior Community Services Employment Program (SCSEP) offers opportunities for older workers to earn an income by participating in community service assignments for just 20 hours a week, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a regular paying job in the community.  Veterans and their spouses, persons with physical limitations, lack of GED or other barriers to employment are encouraged to apply.  If interested, contact Robin Last at 731-884-2640 or email



Tennessee Department of Agriculture

August 27, 2018

Wendy Sneed


NASHVILLE – The dog days of summer seem an odd time to start planning holiday menus. However, if you want locally produced meats grown and processed just the way you like them gracing your holiday tables, it’s time to track down that rack of lamb, pasture raised turkey, prime beef rib, or heirloom breed pork sausage.

Local farmers are taking reservations now for the poultry, pork, lamb, and beef, as well as specialties like cured hams and local sausages, which are in high demand throughout the holiday season.

A directory of farms that accept holiday meats and poultry reservations is available now through Pick Tennessee Products, the farmer to consumer service provided by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. The directory is posted online at

Most Tennessee farms are relatively small family farms, so herds and flocks are limited to the numbers the farm can accommodate. Once the birds or beasts mature and are ready to market, there’s no time to raise more to fill last-minute holiday orders.

Pick Tennessee also lists farmers who sell all kinds of meats straight from the farm all year long, including beef, lamb, pork, and poultry.

Pick Tennessee statewide directories include Christmas tree farms, wineries, farmers markets, farms with fall produce, and makers of artisan products like cheeses, goats milk soaps, and beeswax candles. Directories of locally made specialty products, from alpaca yarns and clothing to fine chocolates, are also available.

Follow Pick Tennessee on social media for current information about seasonal farm fare and activities.


King Puck

The Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Third Annual King Puck Contest.

When:  Friday, September 21 at 6:00pm.

Winner receives the title of “King Puck” with a ribbon and may be asked to represent Houston County Fair at various events during the year including the Irish Celebration Parade in March.

Judging will be on beauty/handsomeness, accessories, personality/mannerisms, and audience response.

The Goat (male or female) must receive a Health Certificate (vet check) to participate.
To register, take your goat to the Houston County Animal Clinic (located at  4050 W. Main Street, Erin. 931.289.4138.) during the week of the contest.  No Vet will be a the fairgrounds prior to the event.  You will need proof of ownership and personal ID for the Vet Check.  The Vet Visit will be paid for by the Houston County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Accessories are encouraged  such as, but not limited to, hats, ties etc.
Participant will be asked to share some “fun facts” about their goat to share with the audience!

Sportsmanship and manners are required of all contestants and their owner. Unruly animals may be excused from the contest by the Judges
Goats should be on the grounds one hour before the contest time and ready at the stage area at 5:45.
Trucks and trailers shall park in designated areas after unloading.
Audience response will be like a “Town Meeting”  the goat will parade in front of the audience and the judges will rate their response.