|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|
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.