Nancy Fite team snags Super Stew title
Cerretani takes Super Campsite award; Glen Hamilton team earns beef stew win, chicken stew champs led by Jerry Blount
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

The winners of the 2005 World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest are, left to right, (front row) 1st Place Beef Stew winners Glenn Hamilton, Billy O’Brien and Ricky Glosup; 2nd Place Beef Stew winners J. Kin Orr, Rosemary Orr and Fulton Vaughn; 3rd Place Beef Stew winners Reggie McDonald and Jeanette Connally; Super Stew winners Becky and Ricky Berry and Nancy and Larry Fite; (back left, with children) 1st Place Chicken Stew winners Jerry Blount and Heath Horton; (center and center back) 2nd Place Chicken Stew winner Sharon Sink, Derrell Lynn Hurley, Judy Deaton and Kris Childress; (right, middle row) Super Campsite winners Jo and Carolyn Cerretani; (right, back row) 3rd Place Chicken winners David Baucom, Heath Anderson and Darren Gray; and (back) Campsite and Costume winner Don Meeks. 
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Sept. 18, 2005 - The cooking team lead by Nancy Fite walked away from the 2005 World Champion Hopkins County Stew with the top prize today.

The Hopkins County Ag Services team received the $500 prize donated by A.K. Gillis & Sons, Coca-Cola  and APAC Texas (Buster Paving) and the Super Stew title. Their winning quart of stew was purchased at auction by Bankers Clearing House for a whopping $1,200.

The John Chester award for Super Campsite went to Carolyn Cerretani’s team. The East Texas Antique Auction sponsored team went home with the $250 prize provided by Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. for Super Campsite.

Top awards in the beef stew category went to the cooking team lead by Glen Hamilton and sponsored by Flowserve. Best Western Trail Dust Inn provided their $300 prize. The first place beef stew was purchased at auction for $500 by Agriland, FCS and North East Texas Beef Improvement Organization.

Jerry Blount led the cooking team sponsored by Pro Auto Tint rewarded for their first place chicken stew. Grocery Supply Company provided their $300 prize. The first place chicken stew sold at auction for $750 by a consortium of attorneys including Ramey & Sheffield, Chad Cable, Bryan & Mattison, Doug Froneberger, Gregg Price, Powers & Blount, Johnson Law Office and Cox Communications.

Second place went to Fulton Vaughn’s team for their beef stew and to Sharon Sink’s team for their chicken stew. Vaughn’s team, sponsored by J. Kin Orr/Fulton Vaughn, received the $150 prize money donated by Custom Shutters. The second place beef stew sold for $350 to C.D. Ballard Trucking, Tire Town and Fuller’s Towing at auction. Sink’s team, sponsored by Martindale Feed and Lake Pointe Church of Sulphur Springs, was awarded the $150 prize donated by Feeders Supply Company, Brookshire’s and Price Mitsubishi. The second place chicken stew garnered a $550 bid from Coldwell Banker-Watson Co., Allan Real Estate, Professional Land Title, Century 21 First Group, Hopkins County Abstract and Cox Communications.

Reggie McDonald’s team and Heath Anderson’s team each took third place honors. McDonald’s team, sponsored by Coca-Cola, was awarded the $50 prize  provided by Dairyland Automation for third place beef stew. The third place beef stew sold for $200 to Hall Oil Company at auction. Town & Country Cleaners provided the $50 prize money for third place chicken stew, which went to the Baucom Insurance team, with Anderson acting as head cook. Century 21 Hometown Realtors purchased the third place chicken stew at auction for $250.

Don Meeks also went home with a $250 prize for the C-M Farm & Ranch Construction team’s campsite and costumes. Advantage Copy Systems and Area Wide Directory provided the money for that prize.

Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the annual cook-off, recognized other sponsors for providing products for the contest. Those donors  included Furr’s Cafeteria and Chili’s Grill & Bar, crackers; Chicken Express, quarts, lids and napkins; Price Mitsubishi, bowls; Piggly Wiggly, trays; Community Bank, tickets; Texas State Representative Mark Homer, City National Bank and Alliance Bank, cheese; and Sulphur Springs Ford, Lincoln, Mercury Mazda, aprons.

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