Team led by Berry, Fite takes Super Stew title
Angie Starrett’s team takes 1st for chicken stew; Judy Gregg leads winning beef stew cooks
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Winners in the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest proudly show off their awards after being announced Saturday during the 2006 Fall Festival. Winners pictured left to right are: (front row) Angie Starrett, Melissa Starrett, Sonya Tensley, Omega McCellon, Kenny Baxter, Robert Buster, Becky Berry, Nancy Fite, Joyce Burchfield, Judy Gregg and Jana Williams; (2nd row) Tom Tensley, Eric Starrett, Joe Cerretani, Carolyn Cerretani, Wesley Crist, Chad Jones, Ricky Berry and Larry Fite; (3rd row) Zack King, Gene Hyde, Ray Grimes, Jamie and Jeff Carpenter, Kathy Hipkins, Deana Spataro and Lynda Hager; (back row) Bruce Millard, B.J. Thomas, Amy Coleman, Bessie Goldsmith, Carolyn McKinney and Sheldon Cast.
Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Sept. 17, 2006 -- The team led by Becky Berry and Nancy Fite claimed the World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest title Saturday morning.

Hopkins County Ag Services sponsored the Super Stew award-winning team, who went home with the $500 prize provided by AK Gillis & Sons, Coca-Cola of Sulphur Springs and Buster Paving. Their winning quart of stew was purchased at auction for $1,200 by Bankers Clearing House.

Top honors in the AFLAC Great American Duck Race, held just prior to the announcement of the stew winners, went to Kacie Powers. Powers took home the $500 for first place duck 3373. Second place honors and $250 went to Pamela Johnson and duck 4109, while Bessie Goldsmith's duck 3309 earned the $100 third place prize money.

The John Chester Award for Super Campsite went to site 120, sponsored by Sulphur Springs Antique Gallery and Auction. The team went home with the $250 prize provided by Suddenlink communications.

Angie Starrett and the team at site 51 took home the $300 prize money donated by Professional Land Title for first place chicken stew. A consortium of attorney and legal firms consisting of Ramey & Sheffield, Chad Cable, Bryan & Mattison, Gregg Price, Powers & Blount, Doug Froneberger, Johnson Law Firm, Eddie Northcutt, and Phil Smith & Frank Bauer bought the winning quart of chicken stew at auction for $750.

First place in the beef stew went to Judy Gregg and the team at site 65A, which was sponsored by the Pilot Club. The first place beef stew winners went home with the $300 prize money provided by State Rep. Mark Homer. Their stew was purchased at auction for $500 by Agriland Farm Credit Services and North East Texas Beef Improvement Organization.

Second place prizes went to Zack King and the team at 116 for their beef stew and to Donna Rudzik and the team at site 72 for their chicken stew. King's team, sponsored by Brian Toliver Ford-Lincoln-Mercury took home the $150 prize money donated by Custom Shutters; their stew sold at auction for $350 a quart to C.D. Ballard Trucking, Fullers Towing, Tommy Evans Automotive and attorney Frank Bauer. Rudzik's team, sponsored by Hopkins County Memorial Hospital, took home the $150 prize money provided by Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap, Larry Milligan, Best Western Trail Dust Inn and Treva Watson. The second place chicken stew was auctioned for $550 to the consortium of realtors and title companies which included Coldwell Banker Watson Co, Allan Real Estate, Century 21 First Group, Century 21 Hometown, Professional Land Title and Hopkins County Abstract.

Jessie Fite and the team at site 11 took home the $50 prize money provided by Town & Country Cleaners for third place beef stew. Fite's team was sponsored by Guaranty Bond Bank. Hall Oil Company purchased a quart of their stew at auction for $200.

The third place chicken stew win went to Kathy Hipkins and the team at site 122, which was sponsored by Jeff's Carpet Cleaning. The team went home wit the $50 prize money provided by Town & Country Cleaners, and the winning quart of their stew was sold at auction to Spring/NRG Petroleum for $250.

The campsite and costume winner this year was site 45 A&B, sponsored by Coca-Cola. Their $200 prize money was provided by Tire Town.

Six honorable mention awards were also presented in the stew contest. B.J. Thomas and site 37, sponsored by J&F Livestock, and Sheldon Cast and site 31, sponsored by End of Trail Farm, received honorable mention for their beef stews. Chicken stews garnering honorable mention were Blake Irving and site 96B, which was sponsored by Lawn Ranger, and Greg Carpenter and site 63, which was sponsored by Davis Street Baptist Church. Honorable mention also went to sites 16 and site 124 for their campsites.

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