Jim Hill is in Town

Jim Hill, CEO and General Manager of the Southwest Dairy Farmers and the Southwest Dairy Museum, is in town for Dairy Festival. Friday he dropped by KSST’s Good Morning Show with Enola Gay. Hill has spent 40 to 45 years of his life in the dairy business. In his current role he says he acts as an advocate for dairy farmers promoting dairy products and explaining why people need dairy products in their diet. Hill discussed several...

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Dairy Festival Board Member Pat Chase

Dairy Festival Board Member Pat Chase enjoys the big draft horses, such as the Clydesdales he was instrumental in bringing to Sulphur Springs for the Dairy Festival Parade Saturday. He began working to get them to town after seeing them in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena in early 2013. It took over a year to get them here. Chase has some beautiful large horses of his own; they are the most popular breed in America, Belgian Draft...

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Festival Event Updates
Jun15

Festival Event Updates

The thinking of many is that Saturday’s Dairy Festival Parade may have been among the best ever attracting a large crowd along the route. The main attraction was the Budweiser Clydesdales. There were over 100 entries including the usual little kids in golf carts, the six Queen contestants, Queen Kennedy Potts, businesses, youth groups, churches, balloon pilots, fire trucks, big trucks and tractors old and new. Parade Marshal was...

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Dairy Festival Kicks Off
Jun14

Dairy Festival Kicks Off

The 55th annual Hopkins County Dairy Festival officially kicked off with a ribbon cutting on Celebration Plaza in downtown Sulphur Springs at noon on Friday. Dairy Festival Parade Chairman David Watson says this year’s Parade starting at 10 a.m. Saturday will be the best one we’ve ever had. Featured will be the Budweiser Clydesdales. Watson says there will over 100 entries including little kids in golf carts, Queen Kennedy Potts, six...

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Hot Air Ballons Grounded Friday
Jun14

Hot Air Ballons Grounded Friday

At first it seemed some hot air balloons might take to the skies for media flights Friday morning in Sulphur Springs but later all balloon pilots decided against it. Dairy Festival Balloon Chairman David Black cited wet, muddy conditions at potential landing sites as the reason. The balloons most likely landing spots would have been southwest of town where some of the heaviest rainfall totals were recorded overnight. Five balloon...

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Linda Hager a Dairy Festival Mainstay
Jun13

Linda Hager a Dairy Festival Mainstay

Over the years through all the years of the Dairy Festival there has been one constant. Linda Hager. Ms. Hager was actually dairy royalty before there even was a Dairy Festival. In 1954 she was selected as the Dairy Show Queen, an honor that went to the daughter of a dairyman. Although she had been involved in Dairy Festival every year, Ms. Hager joined the board in either 1965 or 1966. The board chose to increase their membership by...

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Budweiser Clydesdales Handler Rudy Helmuth

Rudy Helmuth is one of seven people traveling with the Budweiser Clydesdales that are being stabled at the Civic Center awaiting their appearance in Saturday’s Dairy Festival Parade. Helmuth, an Iowa native, has been a handler for the large draft horses for about two years now. This hitch of ten horses is based in St. Louis, Missouri. Other hitches are based in New Hampshire and Colorado. Helmuth says the Clydesdales are massive but...

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Dairy Festival Dairy Foods Contest
Jun12

Dairy Festival Dairy Foods Contest

The annual Dairy Festival Dairy Foods Contest will take place Saturday, June 21 at the AgriLife Extension Office. Food items will be received that day beginning at 2 p.m. Judging will take place at 2:30 p.m. Winners will be announced at around 3:45 p.m. Entrants must be Hopkins County residents. There is no charge to enter. Each entry must contain two dairy products. Recipes are due for judging on Monday at 5 p.m. at the Extension...

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Reigning Dairy Festival Queen Kennedy Potts
Jun12

Reigning Dairy Festival Queen Kennedy Potts

Reigning Dairy Festival Queen Kennedy Potts called this past twelve months awesome and a good experience. She has learned how much people respect her title, what being the Queen represents and how much little girls want to one day follow her footsteps. Kennedy’s mother Kristen Potts says she has enjoyed watching her daughter grow as a person becoming who she is now. She adds Kennedy makes her proud. By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports...

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Queen’s Dinner

The six contestants hoping to be the next Dairy Festival Queen attended the Queen’s Dinner Monday night at The Lodge. They have lots of things they are looking forward to. Keely Moore wants to make new friends and experience a hot air balloon. Felicia Thomas anticipates being on her parade float and performing at the Pageant. Grace Prichard looks forward to milking a cow and watching her parents try. Madison Rater anticipates...

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