Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Heartland New Day BookFest 2010

front row: Holly Jahangiri, Lisa Willis; back row: Vivian Zabel, Galand Nuchols, Dana Warren, and Suzy Koch

The Heartland New Day BookFest weekend began with a dinner on April 9. Jordan Dane was the keynote speaker; Mark Hollingsworth, pastor of Edmond First Church of the Nazarene, acted as MC; and awards for the student essay and published book competitions were presented after a delicious meal.
Student essay winners received a check and certificate:
Emily ProcEmily Proc - 1st elementary
Zech Sasser - 2nd elementary
Kaitlyn Medley - 3rd elementary
Kinzee McKay - honorable mention
Vera Fuqua - 1st middle school

Authors of published book competition received a framed certificate and seals for winning books:
Children's Books
Trockle - 1st place by Holly Jahangiri
Being Jacob: First Day of School - 2nd place by Suzy Koch
A Puppy, Not a Guppy - 3rd place
by Holly Jahangiri
Prairie Dog Cowboy - 1st place by V. Gilbert Zabel
Bobby Bright's Christmas Heroics - 2nd place by John R. Brooks
Juniper - 3rd place by Dr. Nancy Hector
Preserving Family Legends - 1st place
by M. Caroline Steele
Thanking Our Troops - 2nd place
by Judy Howard
As We Lived It - 3rd place by Touchmark Writers
Midnight Hours - 1st place by Vivian Gilbert Zabel
Confessions of a Former Rock Queen - 2nd place by Kirk Bjornsgaard
Beneath a Buried House - 3rd place by Bob Avey

After the dinner, we began to set up our tables (those authors at the dinner) for Saturday. I also broke my left foot, but that's another story.

The photo at the top of this page was taken of some of the 4RV authors at our table. Some of our people had left to visit other tables and to help in various locations. Not in the picture were Shirl Yancey (taking photos, but not this one), Jacque Graham, Eric Mathe (who used my camera to take this shot), and Janelle Zabel.

We know that over 300 people visited the book fest, but we're not sure how many more. Over three hundred tickets were dropped in the drawing bowl, but that's the only "count" we had.

We learned some ways to improve the book fest, but overall the participants complimented the facilities and the organization.

Members of Boy Scout troops, one Adventure Troop, students of UCO, and members of the EFC youth group helped throughout the day. Participants appreciated their help to unload vehicles in the morning and to reload vehicles at the end of the day.

I'll add more about the festival
once taxes are all filed, including the panel discussion with Jordan Dane and Merline Lovelace and how delightful Tommy Morrison was.



Janet said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your broken foot, hope you're doing okay. Looks like you did good in the competitions. Congratulations!

elysabeth said...

Um, you aren't supposed to be breaking bones now. This is not a needed issue for you. I'm glad you had some more authors there helping you out. I wish some others would help out too, like some of the males who are young and able bodied to do the grunt work but glad ya'll had the help of the Boy Scouts and other youth. Glad it went well. E :)

Holly Jahangiri said...

Too bad you didn't go to the ER Friday night, now that I think about it - all those authors could've signed your cast on Saturday!

Vivian Zabel said...

I forgot to list Eric Mathe, who was taking the photo.

Vivian Zabel said...

Well, I finished taxes and go to doctor tomorrow morning. I'll either go to post office on the way there or on the way home - make sure the returns go out on time.

Holly Jahangiri said...

Oh, and that's the picture of me holding the killer pens. ;)

Rena said...

Sorry about your foot, Vivian, but I'm glad the BookFest went well. I wish I could have been there.

Anonymous said...

CONGRATS to all the winners. Sounds like it was a lot of fun!

Sorry to hear about your foot Vivian! Be sure to prop it up as much as possible.

Sun Singer said...

I know it's tradition for people to shout "break a leg" at actors, but let's not star a break-a-foot tradition for authors.