David Gideon takes Super Stew title
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 19, 2004 -- Commercial Glass & Mirror's stew cook David Gideon took top honors Saturday as the first place super stew winner at this year's World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest.

They went home with the $500 prize donated by A.K. Gillis & Sons, Coca-Cola Bottling of Sulphur Springs and Buster Paving for having the best stew of the past champs competing in the stew cook-off. The Banker's Clearinghouse bid $1,200 for a quart of Commercial Glass & Mirror's first place super stew.

Also earning first place honors this year in the beef stew category was cook Rob Cody. This first place winner, sponsored by Grocery Supply Company, left the contest with the $300 prize donated by Best Western Trail Dust Inn. Their first place beef stew sold for $500 at auction to Agriland and the NETBIO Organization.

The $300 prize for first place chicken stew went to cook Annie Wilkerson, who was sponsored by AppleTree Acres. The $300 prize was donated by Grocery Supply Company. The stew sold for $750 to a consortium of attorneys which included Ramey & Sheffield, Bryan & Mattison; Johnson Law Firm; Powers & Blount; and Doug Froneberger, Chad Cable, Ruth Lewman, Ron Fergurson and Gregg Price.

The $250 prize provided by Ocean Spray Cranberries for super campsite went to the Johnny Chester campsite. The cooks for this team were sponsored by John Chester Fencing Co.

Best campsite and costume went to the Dr. Darryl Doughtie team. The $250 prize awarded to team members Angie and Doyle Starrett and Todd Tinsley was provided by D'Zahn Holstein Farms and Advantage Copy Systems.

The Randy Hopper team took second place in the beef stew contest. The Way Bible Church team's $150 prize was donated by Custom Shutters Inc. and the stew sold at auction for $350 to Tire Town, Fuller's Towing and C.D. Ballard Trucking Co.

The second place chicken stew award went to John McAfee. The Pro Auto Tint team's $150 prize was provided by Town & Country Cleaners, SatPro Inc. and Star Embroidery. The stew sold at auction to a consortium consisting of Century 21 Hometown, Century 21 First Group, Professional Land Title, Hopkins County Abstract, Allen Real Estate and Coldwell Banker Watson Co. for $550.

Hall Oil Company paid $200 for a quart of beef stew prepared by third place beef stew cook Pam Canup. Dairyland Automation provided the $50 prize for this team, sponsored by Feeders Supply Co.

Cook Sharon Sink went home with the $50 prize donated by Brookshire's Food Store for the third place chicken stew entry, which was auctioned to Sprint-NRG Petroleum for $250. The team was sponsored by Martindale Feed and The Gathering.

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