Kathy Reeves takes home top prize for chicken stew, Michael Mund for beef
By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor
Sept 16, 2007 - The team led by Don Sapaugh took home the top trophy at Saturday's 37th Annual World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest, claiming theSuper Stew title.
Sapaugh's team, sponsored by City nationals Bank, claimed the Super Stew Bowl trophy first place prize of $500 donated by A.K. Gillis and Sons, Texas A&M University-Commerce, R.G. George Plumbing and Coca-Cola of Sulphur Springs.
A quart of the sumptuous stew was auctioned off. The high bid of $1,200 came from the Banker's Clearing House.
To qualify for the Super Stew, at least one member of the cooking team must have previously won first place in the chicken or beef category.
A record 121 teams signed up for the stew contest this year. Plaques were awarded to the top three chicken and beef stew winners, as will and cash prizes of $300, $150 and $50. The winner of the super stew contest received $500 and a plaque. The best campsite/costume earned $200 and a plaque, while the super campsite/costume winner got $250 and a plaque.
First prize in the Best Chicken Stew category went to the team led by Kathy Reeves, sponsored by Wayne Reeves. The winners walked off with the prize of $300 donated by R.G. George Plumbing, Randall Voss Allstate Insurance and Coca-Cola of Sulphur Springs.
A quart of the top chicken concoction was auctioned off, earning a $750 bid from a consortium of local attorneys, including Ramey and Sheffield, Powers and Blount, Chad Cable, Bryan and Mattison and Gregg Price, as well as Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap.
The $300 prize donated by Hiring Partners for Best Beef Stew was won by the team of Michael Mund, sponsored by Lone Star Milk Producers. The high bid of $500 for a quart of the winning recipe came from Agriland Farm Credit Services.
Second place in the chicken stew category was claimed by Steve Littlefield's team. The team, sponsored by Ben E. Keith, earned a prize of $150 donated by Advantage Copy Systems. A consortium of Hopkins County Abstract, Allan Real Estate, Professional Land Title Company, Century 21 First Group and Century 21 Hometown Real Estate bid $250 for a quart of their stew.
The second place award for beef went to the Carolyn McKinney team, sponsored by Southwest Dairy Museum. They received the $150 prize donated by Custom Shutters for their efforts, while a quart of their top-notch stew was auctioned off for $350 by a consortium of C.D. Ballard-Winburn Milk, Tire Town, Tommy Evans Firestone and North East Texas Beef Improvement Organization.
The team led by Chris Gibbons and sponsored by Farm Bureau earned third place in the chicken category and a $50 prize given by Town and Country Cleaners. A quart of their stew received a bid of $250 from NRG Energy.
Third-place beef stew went to the Rudy Ellis team, which was sponsored by Precinct 2 Commissioner Burke Bullock. Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap donated the $50 prize. A bid of $200 from Best Western Trail Dust inn took home a quart of their stew.
Honorable mentions in the chicken stew contest went to Marsha Potts, sponsored by FEC Electric of Greenville; Charles Vaughn, sponsored by Hall Oil Company; and Landon Womack, sponsored by Lone Star Dodge. Honorable mentions for beef stew were given to Christy Galvan, sponsored by Guaranty Bond Bank, and Jimmy Cannon, sponsored by Friday Night Recovery.
The John Chester Award for Super Campsite was Campsite #17, sponsored by Gober-Merrell Chevrolet Inc. at. This year's Super Campsite prize of $250 was provided by Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. Only teams that have previously won the Best Campsite competition were eligible for the John Chester Award, named in memory of the man who took home the first place prized multiple times.
The Best Campsite/Costume winner went to campsite #106, sponsored by Hiring Partners. The $200 prize was provided by Brookshire's Food Store.
Sponsors who provided products for this year's contest included Furr's and Chili's, crackers; Chicken Express, quart containers, lids and napkins; The Pawn Shop and Fast Bail Bonds, bowls; Piggly Wiggly, trays; Guaranty Bond Bank and Grocery Supply Company, tickets; Alliance Bank and City National Bank, cheese; Southwest Dairy Museum, spoons; Robert Mercer, firewood; and Farm Country, utility carts.