Winners of the 2008 World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest, pictured left to right, include: (front row) Kim Gillem, Mason Gillem, Ann Tanton, Debbie White, Linda Maddox, Nancy Hardwick, Markeda Orwosky and Kayla Price (kneeling), Rachel Clark, Cara Parnell, Angi Gilmore, Sonya Tinsley, Todd Tinsley, David Gilmore and Jo Ann Steele; (second row) Fulton Vaughn, Stephen Gillem, Richard Watkins, Chris Gibbins, George Tenberge, Squrill Wills and Larry Riels; (third row) Joey Baxter, Judy Gillem, Jarred Hooker, Keith Ethridge, Wanda Cole, Don Chapman, Amy Coleman, Blake Irving, Kim Grider, Don Sapaugh, Frances Daniels and Steve Littlefied; (top row) Johnny Oler, Heath Gammill, Pinkie Cooper and Haskell Maroney.
Staff Photo by Jessica Worth

And the winners are ... Angi Gillmore takes super stew prize

From Staff Reports

Sept. 21, 2008 - The big cheese at Saturday's World Champion Hopkins County Stew Contest was Angi Gilmore's.

Gilmore's cook team, sponsored by Tin Starr, took home the $500 super stew prize money donated by Farmer's Electric Co-op. They will also have bragging rights for the next year for making the best stew in the county. In order to compete in this category, each contestant was required to have been judged a top winner in one of the stew categories during a previous competition. The top super stew was auctioned to Bankers Clearing House, Alliance Bank, City National Bank and Guaranty Bond Bank for $1,200.

For the first time ever, a second place super stew award of $250, sponsored by Front Porch News, was presented. Farm Country purchased a quart of Ronald Wills' second place super stew at auction for $350. Wills' cook team was sponsored by ABC Autoplex.

A ribbon was also awarded to Don Sapaugh for his honorable mention super stew, which was sponsored by City National Bank.

The $300 first place beef stew prize, donated by Mark Homer, went to Steve Littlefield, sponsored by Remax. The first place beef stew was auctioned for $500 to Agriland Farm Credit Services.

Town and Country Cleaners supplied the $150 second place beef stew prize that was awarded to Blake Irving, sponsored by Pogue Cattle Company. The second place beef stew was auctioned to a consortium consisting of Advantage Copy Systems, R.C. George and Visiting Angels for $350.

J.W. Ragan gave $50 for the third place beef stew prize that was awarded to Wanda Cole , sponsored by Griffith family cousins. The third place beef stew was auctioned to Mark Homer for $300.

The $300 first place chicken stew prize, donated by Audley Moore Construction, went to Rachel Clark, sponsored by Medicine Chest South. A consortium consisting of Hopkins County Abstract, Allan Real Estate, Professional Land Title, Century 21-First Group and Century 21-Hometown, Coldwell Banker Watson Co., Glenn Irvin & Co, and RE/MAX Advanced. bid $600 for the first place chicken stew at auction.

Second place chicken stew champ Kayla Price, sponsored by Professional Land Title, went home with a $150 prize donated by Winburn Milk. A consortium consisting of local attorneys Ramey & Sheffield, Powers & Blount, Chad Cable, Bryan Mattison, Heath Hyde and Johnson Law Firm went in together for the top bid on the second place chicken stew contest, bidding $600.

The third place chicken stew prize went to Keith Ethridge, sponsored by The Way Bible Church. The team was awarded the $50 prize donated by Don Patterson, county commissioner. The third place chicken stew drew a high bid of $250 from Richard Drake Construction and R.C. George.

The John Chester Award for super campsite went to sites 17 and 18 - Garland Hayes, sponsored by Gary Davis Auction Company. This team was awarded a $250 prize, which was donated by Clayton Homes.

Chris Gibbins was awarded the title of best campsite/costume and the $200 prize donated by Ocean Spray. Gibbins site was sponsored by Farm Bureau.

Also noted for their honorable mention finishes were: Don Meeks, Millenium Shopper, super campsite; Pinkie Cooper, Hopkins County Law Enforcement, campsite/costume; Jerry Gillem, Gillem/Chapman Group, chicken stew; and Fulton Vaughan, beef stew.

Other sponsors for the stew contest were: Furr's & Chili's, crackers; Chicken Express, quarts, lids and napkins; Southwest Dairy Museum, cheese, spoons and bowls; Brookshires-Commerce, trays; Grocery Supply, tickets; Alliance Bank & City National Bank, cheese; Farm Country, utility carts; Coca Cola � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � , water for judges; and Lone Star Dodge, flags for tents.

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