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Hay Show 2019 Won by Hopkins and Rains County Forage Producers

Held in the Autumn of the year following hay season, the Hopkins County Hay Show is a long-standing tradition. The tradition continued this year with a new title, the Hopkins/Rains County Hay Show sponsored by Natural Resources Conservation Services and organized by the Hopkins/ Rains Soil and Water Conservation District. This year, 38 producers entered samples for the contest. The samples were collected at Texas Agri-life Extension offices and chemical analysis on each sample was provided by the Northeast Texas Farmer’s Co-op. Speaker for the event was Andy Wright, a NRCS board member and President of Hopkins/Rains County Farm Bureau. The contest and a producer’s lunch was held at the Hopkins County Civic Center on Saturday October 26, 2019.

Andy Wright emceed the event

After opening remarks by Wright, prayer was lifted by Cody Koon followed by fellowship and a BBQ lunch prepared by Wright’s Catering. As the program got underway, the SWCD “Producer’s Package” was explained by Darron Smith, Wright introduced the top ten producers, winners were announced based on chemical scores, and Wade Bartley led an auction of the winning samples. Auction proceeds were earmarked for student Scholarships in place by the Hopkins/Rains Soil and Water Conservation District. A group photo was made of the top ten producers present.

Max Palmer, Grand Champion Hopkins County
Don Smith, Reserve Champion Hopkins County along with Marilyn Smith whose hay placed Fourth
Henry Potts, Grand Champion Rains County

List of top ten producers, with scores based on chemical analysis of hay sample
Shelbi Scholta of SWCD displayed the hay samples during the auction
Andy Wright introduces Irene Hanson of NE Texas Farmer’s Co-op Analysis Lab
Darrin Smith of SWCD explains the Producers Package
Some of the buyers present at the auction
Cody Koon, right, leads the group in prayer before lunch is served
Two of the top ten samples, out of 38 samples entered in the 2019 Hay Show

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 ksstradio.com.

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