McDonald Named 2012
Hopkins County Fall Festival Parade Marshall
From Hopkins County Fall Festival
Editors Note: It wasn't my idea to run this story, but was prompted by the Fall Festival Board, who I am honored by that they have chosen me for the Grand Marshall of the 2012 Fall Festival Parade, on September 8th. It's an honor to be chosen by your peers and fellow volunteers, so look for me to be tossing you some candy, from the parade route! And, I naturally didn't take that picture....I thought hopefully, I could have done a better job, but then I guess you have to consider the subject! (Now you know why I always stay behind the camera!)
Bobby McDonald is a lifelong resident of Hopkins County, a member of a seven generation family that were pioneers in the Southern part of Hopkins County, dating back to the 1860's. He is a 1974 honor graduate of Sulphur Springs High School, attended Texas A&M University and graduated from TAMU-C in 1977.
Bobby is the current owner of Front Porch News Texas and McDonald Bookkeeping and Tax Service, where he delivers the news to Hopkins County every day. McDonald was named to the honor of Small Business of the Year for 2011, at this year's Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce Banquet. He was Chairman of the Sulphur Springs Sesquicentennial Committee in 2004 and was named Citizen of the Year, at the 2005 Hopkins County Chamber Banquet.
Additionally, McDonald was involved in the Hopkins County Dairy Business for a number of years, and was named Hopkins County Agriculturalist of the Year in 1986.
McDonald has always been a constant driving force in our community. He's served on the Hopkins County Dairy Festival Board, the Hopkins County Fall Festival Board, and was a member of the board that brought the Southwest Dairy Museum to Sulphur Springs. He is active in the Hopkins County Historical Society, Hopkins County Genealogical Society, and has served on the Hopkins County Farm Bureau Board for a number of terms.
Bobby served on the State Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Advisory Committee, and was a State Young Farmer of Texas Officer for two years, as well as serving in all areas of that organization, regionally and locally.
McDonald has served on the board for a number of local youth committees, always promoting youth activities.
McDonald is a writer and photographer, having won numerous awards for magazine articles, cover photos, and feature stories, on the local, state, and national level. As one person described him, "Bobby knows everyone in Hopkins County, past, present, and future, and can write and tell you about them, as well as take their picture!" He is the author of three historical books about Hopkins County.
McDonald attends League Street Church of Christ and continues to serve Hopkins County in a number of ways, with his stories, photographs, and service on anything that is about promoting Hopkins County and her people!
He admits that he likes nothing better than to take photos, all over the U.S., learn about new things, and meet and read about people in all walks of life!
With all his accomplishments and all he's given to the community, we are proud to have Bobby as this years Hopkins County Fall Festival Parade Grand Marshall.