NETLA Buyers Luncheon
Focuses on Youth
by: Bobby McDonald
Tuesday's NETLA Buyers Luncheon, hosted by the Hopkins-Rains County Farm Bureau, in First Baptist Church Gym, focused on the youth that will be participating in this weekend's NETLA Youth Market Show. Former buyers and prospective buyers from the local business community were treated to a prime rib dinner and encouraged to continue to invest in the local youth and their projects at the Sale of Champions to be held on Saturday.
Yvonne Miller King served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and introduced Don Smith, President of the Hopkins-Rains Farm Bureau, who addressed the crowd and told of many of the accomplishments that buyer participation had made in our community.
Then, King called on three outstanding youth who have previously participated in the NETLA Show and Sale to tell about their experiences, hardships, and goals with their projects.
Speakers included Cumby FFA member, Kaylee Rutledge, who has shown for a number of years and this will be her last year to show, as she is a senior. Rutledge told the group that she will be entering the U.S. Military, upon graduation from high school, in the spring.
Morgan Mayers, a Sulphur Springs FFA member and former Hopkins County 4-H member, was the next speaker and she told the audience about her five year experience of showing in the show and her swine project for this year's show.
The last speaker was Sulphur Bluff FFA member, Quincy Duncan, who has shown since she was in the fourth grade, including goats, and for the past three years, steers. She won grand champion with her steer at the 2012 Show. Duncan is a graduating senior this year.
"We want to encourage everyone to come out and make a difference in the lives of these youth, at Saturday's Sale of Champions," related King. "Your investment continues to multiply, as the students prepare themselves for the future!"