On Saturday several from our community went to the tractor pull and chili cook-off at Bartley Auction to support three children’s charities. Beth Allen Adams, who has some strong ties to the Reilly Springs Community, won the chili cook-off championship.
Also on Saturday, some from our community made the trip to the Cross Spur Cowboy Church Stew and Auction, while others, including Diane Dixon, were helping with the Wesley United Methodist Church Stew and Auction.
Then, one of the biggest crowds that I’ve seen was at the Reilly Springs Jamboree Saturday night.
On Sunday night,an electrical short in one of Mack and Carla Walters’ poultry barns started a fire. Fire departments from Hopkins and Wood counties managed to contain it to just one barn. Fire personnel were on the scene until after 1:30 a.m. Monday, and by mid-morning Monday all that was left was some smoldering sheet-iron. Carla and Mack express their “hearty thanks” to everyone who helped.
Brayden and Alexis Stribling spent Friday night and part of Saturday with David and Debra Stribling. Brayden has taken up hunting with his BB gun, so he and David enjoyed a morning in the woods.
Vera Harrington reported a nice visit in Waxahachie, where they managed to get the playhouse permanently relocated for the girls. Vera, but had to hurry home and get busy on the farm. She is poisoning gophers in the hay meadows as she says they are almost “taking over.”
Vera also reported a nice weekend visit with Vickie Price Thomas and her two daughters, Jacquelyn and Annie. They were here visiting with Bobby and Betty Price. Betty was feeling well enough to enjoy the visit, as well.
Bryant Fisher is in Charlotte, N.C., for a Dairy Farmers of America meeting this week, and returns home only long enough to unload his suitcase and load it again, for another Beef Council meeting. Vanessa Fisher is in Arizona, and J.R., Blake, and Kendra have “farm duty” to keep everything going.
Many in this community were in Sulphur Springs on Sunday afternoon for a baby shower, honoring Breanna Koon. Breanna and Kody are expecting a little girl, Addison, in November. Word was that Ayden asked Breanna, “If they were going to go get Addison,” as they were leaving for the shower?
Joyce McDonald will be in Rockwall on Thursday as Judy Jones is having surgery. Keep Judy in your thoughts and prayers. She’s hoping to be released from the hospital on Friday.
A large crowd from this community was in Sulphur Springs Tuesday night at the Alliance Bank Customer Appreciation Cook-Out. Tonya and James Ross cooked one of their pots of “world famous” Hopkins County Stew, and Delores Miller said she was there as a “sampler.”
I visited with Norma McIllwain at Tuesday’s cook-out and she reported that her brother, Mark Coker, from Yantis was digging sweet potatoes. Of course, sweet potatoes are a real tradition in Northeast Texas, as an autumn treat. I’m reminded that all of my friends at Texas A&M University, from the Hill Country and South Texas, enjoyed me bringing sweet potatoes to College Station, as they had never eaten them before. Mark has sweet potatoes available in downtown Yantis at his market trailer.
Until next week, enjoy the wonderful weather and the many autumn activities in Hopkins County and the area.
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