Dairy Festival Board Member and Southwest Dairy Museum Manager,
Carolyn McKinney, displays the cake that was served in honor of the
Dairy Farm Families of Hopkins County, Friday night.
Dairy Farm Families Honored
at Friday Night Balloon Rally
by: Bobby McDonald
"We just wanted to honor the hard working dairy farm families and the great contribution that they make to our community and to our economy," expressed Dairy Festival Board Member and Southwest Dairy Museum Manger, Carolyn McKinney. "This is just a small way for us to tell them just how much we appreciate all of their hard work and how they contribute to our local base economy."
McKinney was discussing Friday night's Dairymen's Reception and meal that was hosted at 6:00 p.m., prior to the Friday night Balloon Rally and Glow, at Shannon Oaks Church.
"It's always nice to be recognized for what you do," expressed local Dairyman, Don Smith. "Although the dairy farm numbers have declined locally in the area, we still have a large, large impact on the Hopkins County economic base, and support a large segment of the agri-business community, in the Hopkins County area.....veterinarians, equipment dealers, feed supplies, and a host of other support industries."
"The dairy industry has been tough, the last few years, and when things are tight, it is always nice to be appreciated," continued Smith. "We want to thank the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board for their support and recognition of the importance of the local dairy industry!"
Following a delicious meal, dairy farmer family members were entered in a drawing, for a number of prizes, with the grand prize being a ride in one of the hot aire balloons. It was Darla Reed, wife of local dairy farmer, Scotty Reed, that won the opportunity to ride and she was super excited about heading for the balloon, for the ride over her hometown. Congratulations to Darla and all of the Hopkins County Dairy Farm Families.