The stew team of Don Sapaugh and James Vanwinkle took the 2012 Championship, by surfacing to to the
top of of the over 140 pots cooked on Saturday.
Sapaugh and Vanwinkle Team Named
2012 Hopkins County Stew Champions
by: Bobby McDonald
We caught the winning team "doctoring up" the pot, on Saturday morning, as they prepared the award
"A dash of this, a cup of this, and plenty of secret ingredients," was all I could get out of the award winning team of Don Sapaugh and James Vanwinkle, as I stopped by their campsite, on Saturday morning, when they were preparing this year's championship stew. "I'd have to slit you thoat, if I was to tell," added James Vanwinkle, as he sprinkled something into the brew!
However, when the 144 pots of stew that were entered in the 2012 43rd Annual Hopkins County Stew Contest were tasted by the judges, the concoction mixed by Sapaugh and Vanwinkle "rose to the top" to be named this year's Champions. Sponsored by City National Bank, the team received a $500.00 prize donated by Luminant and their quarter of champion stew was purchased by Agriland Farm Credit for the top money of $1200.00.
Anne Wilkerson & Reginald Childs, left, were named second prize, in the Super Stew Category, and the team of Blake Sheffield and Chuck Collins, right
received the third prize in the Super Stew Category. Receiving Honorable mention Super Stew was the team of Shirley Wakeman and Elaine Merrell.
Super Stew Category
Champions: Sapaugh and Vanwinkle, $500.00 Prize From Luminant Energy
Purchased by AgriLand Farm Credit, $1200.00
2nd Prize: Annie Wilkerson & Reginald Childs, $250.00 Prize from Ocean Spray
Purchased by $500.00 by Hampton Inn.
3rd Prize: Chuck Collins and Blake Sheffield, $100.00 Prize from Audley Moore Construction
Purchased for $300.00 by Attorneys Ramey & Sheffield, Powers & Blount, Price, Roper, White & Newsome.
Honorable Mention: Shirley Wakeman and Elaine Merrell.
Costume Campsite Contest
John Chester Memorial Super Campsite Award
Chris & Scarlet Gibbins, Sponsored by Texas Heritage Bank
$250.00 Prize by Super Handy
Runner-up Super Campsite, Professional Land & Title
Campsite & Costume Winner, Amanda McKinney & Darrel Roach,
$200.00 prize by Nor-Tex-Tractor.
Stew Site #118, Rock Creek Health & Rehab won the Runner-up
Campsite and Costume Award.
Chicken Stew Category
1st Prize: Lavania Self & Candice Beck, Sponsored by Red Fender Trailers,
$300.00 prize by Dr. Steel Othodontics.
Sold for $600.00 to Summit Dental and Dr. Matthew Johnson.
2nd Prize: Kathy & John Lambert, sponsored by First Baptist Church.
$150.00 prize from ABC Autoplex.
Sold for $500.00 to We Pack.
3rd Prize: Krista Brown and Gary Friddle, sponsored by Northeast Texas Farmers Co-op,
$50.00 prize donated by Southern Living Realty.
Sold for $250.00 to Pilgrim Bank.
Honorable Mention: Katie Patterson & Linda Henton, sponsred by Alliance Bank.
Beef Stew Category
1st Prize: Tammy Duck & Clyde Vires, sponsored by Exeptional Home Health,
$300.00 prize provided by Town & Country Cleaners.
Purchased by Dr. Shae Ochoa Othodontics for $600.00
2nd Prize: Walt Mannon & Donnie Powers, sponsored by A&A Appliance.
$150.00 prize provided by AK Gillis Construction.
Purchased by A&S Air Conditioning for $450.00.
3rd Prize: Andy & Brian Wright, sponsored by Andy Wright for Commissioner,
$50.00 prize by J.R. Services & Sulphur Springs Livestock.
Purchased by Sen. Bob Deuell for $250.00
Honorable Mention: Brian Allen, sponsored by Morningstar.