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Buyers Lunch is a NETLA Tradition, Hosted by Farm Bureau, First Baptist Church

Kevin Gibson, President of NETLA

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.

Andy Wright, President of Farm Bureau and of Wright’s Catering

Sulphur Springs High School FFA members Beau Bankston, Cash Vititow, Savannah Allen and 4H member Philip Rater

Como Pickton FFA Carol Nabors, Blaine Flemens and Kayleigh Brewer

North Hopkins FFA members Breeanna Hicks, Madison Joslin, Faith Wheeler, Brenna Hicks, Jaylyn Hrabal. A speaker on the program, Faith Wheeler is her FFA Chapter President , Area 6 Vice President as well as North Hopkins Student Body President
Cumby FFA students Zoey Strickland, Jaci Wood, Dayton Wood. A speaker on the program, Dayton Wood is also a 5-year FFA officer, and serves as Paris District Secretary and Paris Area Ambassador. He also earned Senior Showmanship and his goat also earned Reserve Grand Champion at the Show.
Miller Grove FFA Jocelyn Helterbrand, Cassidi Froneberger, Alexis Sallee and Wm. Sallee Jr.
Sulphur Bluff FFA members Eli Ham, Diana Rosas and Ryan Vance

Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of

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