Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Board Members Kim Beck and Amber Gilbert will be on duty before daylight on “Stew Day” in Hopkins County, October 28, 2017. By that time, the stew grounds in Buford Park will house 165 different stew sites. A walk-through of the sites is always interesting because you meet new cooks and familiar, even famous ones, too. Winners of the Super-Stew contest in Beef and Chicken categories and Super-Campsite winners may be positioned side by side with first-year cooks on the stew grounds. You can get an early look-see starting Friday night as many cooking teams like to set up early and spend the night at their sites. And please don’t wait til noon on Saturday if you want a taste of Hopkins County Stew….it will probably be all gone by then!
Stew tickets are $5 each for all-you-can-eat Hopkins County Stew. Serving starts at 10:45am. At the ticket tables around the edges of the park, you’ll be supplied with a set-up of bowl, plate, spoon, cheese and crackers. Once you’ve gotten your set-up, you are free to roam the grounds. Will you choose beef or chicken stew? Will you go to a favorite site or try new ones? Will you dish up a bowl full or simply taste a few different selections before you decode on your favorite? That’s up to you! Meeting new people, enjoying the beautiful park and the sights, sounds and smells of the phenomenon of Hopkins County Stew will keep you ready for next year’s contest!