Prior to the Hopkins County Junior Market Show and Sale, it’s a local tradition that potential buyers be treated to a fabulous lunch featuring beef and dairy, and introduced to some of the youth exhibitors. The event was held in the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs at noon on Thursday February 21, 2019. A large attendance of farmers, ranchers and community leaders were present. The prize buckles for the top exhibitors were on display.
Kevin Gibson, President of NETLA (Northeast Texas Livestock Association) welcomed everyone and encouraged then to visit and network prior to the meal. He commended the buyers on their generosity during the Sale of Champions and noted that many were once youth exhibitors themselves. Gibson also recognized NETLA Board members present. Andy Wright, President of Farm Bureau and of Wright’s Catering, gave a thank you to potential buyers and to 4H and FFA leaders who individually make a difference in the lives of the students. He also thanked the youth themselves, for their interest in carrying on the business of agriculture in the United States for Americans and for the good of people everywhere. Sincere appreciation was shown to the FFA students who were present to provide hospitality and serve the diners at their tables. Brian Wright offered prayer over the meal. Delicious prime rib, prepared by Wright’s Catering, was plated with a baked potato and salad. Butter and sour cream, homemade ranch dressing and horseradish sauce were accompaniments. Cheesecake and other desserts completed the meal.