Top honors in the Hopkins County Ice Cream Contest were awarded to Kim Dillard for her butter pecan ice cream. Dillard received a trophy and $100 check for having the first place Super Scoop entry. She also went home with the $250 Visa gift card.
Earning second place honors in the Super Scoop with a creamy strawberry ice cream was James Ross. He received a $50 check. Tonya Ross earned second place honors in the Big Dip Classic category with her creamy vanilla ice cream; she too received a $50 check.
The $75 prize and first place trophy in the Big Dip Classic category was awarded to Kim Bailey for her vanilla pudding ice cream. Bailey also earned first place honors in the Big Dip Fruit category with her strawberry ice cream, for which she received a trophy and $75 prize.
Second place honors and a $50 prize in the Big Dip Fruit category went to Chris Beach’s strawberry ice cream. Receiving the $25 third place prize i the Big Dip Fruit category was the team of Ryan and Valarie Feagley with their pineapple vanilla ice cream.
Kaylee Stone went home with a trophy, $75 check and first place bragging rights in the Big Dip Novelty category for her birthday cake ice cream. Joe Price won the $50 Big Dip Novelty prize with his second place snicker doodle ice cream. Jayden Askew won third place and $25 in the Big Dip Novelty category with a mean mint ice cream.
In the First Timers division, Sheila Funderburk won the first place trophy and $75 prize with her blackberry ice cream. First Timer Shiloh Childress won second place in the division with a salted caramel in Heath ice cream, for which he received a medal and $50 check. Nick Plunk’s Butterfinger ice cream won third place in the First Timers category, garnering a medal and $25.
In the Little Dips category, first place was awarded to Addison Bowers; she received a trophy and $25 check for her banana ice cream. Mikah Wiblin’s go bananas-banana Nutella ice cream won second place honors in the Little Dips category, garnering a medal and $15 check. Third place in the Little Dips category was awarded to Emerson Godwin, who received a medal and $10 check for the maple brown crunch.
The event was not only once again held at but this year sponsored by Shannon Oaks Church. Hundreds filled the field behind the church to sample the cool confections entered in the contest. A few local businesses also provided ice cream and floats for those attending, while others offered games such as hula hoop fishing, a bean bag toss and balloons in addition to information about their services. Music was also provided throughout the afternoon and evening.
Many stayed to hear the 1st Calvary Division Band out of Fort Hood’s Lonestar Brass Band, while kids played in a sand pile and families awaited the start of the Hot Air Balloons Rally and Glow Saturday night.