1977 Dairy Festival Queen
Fantasy In Dairyland Was
Theme of 1977 Festival
by: Bobby McDonald
1976 Dairy Festival Queen, Kim Tucker, is shown with the ten young ladies
that competed for the 1977 Crown. They are: (ltr) Gina Deaton, Sharon Strickland,
Lisa Brem, Melony Moore, Emily Anderson, Tucker, Julie Scott, Tammie Hare,
Katie Dobson, Karen Davis, and Angela Browning.
Hopkins County was truly in a "fantasy world" in 1977, when citizens paused to celebrate the Hopkins County Dairy Festival. The county was the highest milk producing county in the state of Texas and throughout the Southwestern United States; we had the number one herd in the state on offical Dairy Herd Improvement Assocition test; and the number one cow in the state was owned by Billy Jack Allen, a dairyman in the Brinker Community of Hopkins County. Dairy farming was definitely number one in Hopkins County.
The three banks, Sulphur Springs State Bank, City National Bank, and Peoples National Bank had all posted new all-time record deposits for the first quarter of 1977 and the Sulphur Springs State Bank was celebrating its 50th Anniversary. The bank boasted that they had started in 1927 with total assets of $563,313.37 and had grown to a "whopping" $41,670,013.15 by 1977.
Dairy Festival Queen Candidate, Julie Scott presents the vocal
part of her talent competition.
A new Sulphur Springs High School was being constructed and "right next door," Judge L.E. Goldsmith had signed the final papers for the new Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Complex, that was a "dream come true" for local residents, who had sat in the freezing cold and sweltering heat, to show their cattle at the Northeast Texas Dairy Show, for years. It was also a welcomed addition to the Dairy Festival as they had already outgrown the Junior High School Gymnasium to host their talent and beauty show and annual pageant. Fundraising drives had been conducted all across the county to raise matching funds to grants that had been obtained.
Paul Herschler, retired Hopkins County Extension Agent, served as the President of the Dairy Festival Board in 1977 and Mrs. Betty Chapman served as vice-president. Mrs. Virginia Henderson was secretary and Mrs. Denney Ashcroft served as the treasurer. Mrs. Lena Mae Rogers was the Pageant Coordinator and Mrs. Lynda Hager was the Talent and Beauty Coordinator. Other board members and those associated with the decorating of the Dairy Festival activities included: Mrs. Joan Longino, Charles Kibart, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Stubbs, Mr. & Mrs. Rad Richardson, Mrs. Johnny Froneberger, Mrs. Bill O'Brien, Mrs. M.Z. Bailey, Clovis Harbor, Bob Lee, and Pat Penn. B.F. Chapman and Lewis Helm were the Parade Marshals.
Sulphur Springs Vocational Agriculture teachers, l to r, Richard Benson, Richard Watson,
and Bill Lyons, discuss the 1977 Dairy Show.
Ten young ladies decided to compete for the crown of Hopkins County Dairy Festival in 1977. They included: Lisa Brem representing Jr. Waverly Club and sponsored by Johnson Ice Cream; Emily Anderson sponsored by Pratt Packing Company and representing the Waverly Club; Dial Study Clubs representative, Melony Moore, sponsored by Rockwell International; Karen Davis representing Farm Bureau and sponsored by Price Feed Company; Gina Deaton representing Mothers Culture Club and sponsored by Sulphur Springs State Bank; Katie Dobson representing the Standard Club and sponsored by Texas Power and Light Company; The B&PW Club representative, Angela Browning, sponsored by General Telephone Company; Tammie Hare, representing Sulphur Bluff School and sponsored by City National Bank; A-1 Auto sponsored, Sharon Strickland, representing the Rotary Club; and Julie Scott, representing the Kiwanis Club and sponsored by Peoples National Bank.
Day Cable, the 1977 Sulphur Springs FFA President, as he addresses the local chapter
and guests at the annual FFA banquet.
The Mission Theater was showing "Carrie" and "Lords of the Flatbush" during Dairy Festival Week in 1977 and the Hi-Vue Drive-In was featuring "Dirty Mary and Crazy Larry" and "It's Alive" a "double-feature." Admission to the Drive-In was only $1.00. Other popular movies in 1977 included: "Star Wars" that grossed over $460 million dollars; and the popular "Saturday Night Fever," that truly introduced disco to Hopkins County, and grossed over $142 million dollars nationally. Do you remember John Travolta in this classic role?
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Smokey and the Bandid," "Eraser Head," "Annie Hall," "Oh, God!," and "Jabberwocky" were other box office favorites.
Jimmy Don Allen with one of his prize-winning Holstein heifers.
Crystal Gayle was crooning "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue," and Mary McGregor was singing her pretty ballad "Torn Between Two Lovers" as the teenagers made their way up and down Gilmer and Broadway Streets or stopped with friends at the Big H Drive-In. A "Lime Ice" was priced at 27 cents and your blood pressure is probably super high from all the salt you had on the popular refreshment!
"You Light Up My Life," by Debbie Boone, was the Number 1 song of 1977, with other popular favorites including "Tonight's The Night," by Rod Stewart; "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," by Andy Gibb; "Your Love Has Lifted Me Higher and Higher," by Rita Coolidge; "Best of My Love," by The Emotions; and the Love Theme from "A Star Is Born" by Barbara Striesand.
Gary Burks with one of his top Brown Swiss Heifers.
The Eagles were delivering "Hotel California," and Fleetwood Mac made popular "Don't Stop," and "You Make Lovin' Fun." Jennifer Warnes "Right Time of the Night," "Smoke From a Distant Fire" by the Sanford Townsend Band," "Angel in Your Arms," by Hot, and "Undercover Angel" were all popular tunes of local teens. Others included: K.C. & The Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogie Man," "Dancing Queen," by Abba, "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing," by Leo Sayer, Jimmy Buffet's "Margaritaville," and Kenny Nolan's "I Like Dreamin'," as well as, "Southern Night's," by Glen Campbell and "It's Almost Like a Song," by Ronnie Milsap. Barton Cumming's "Stand Tall," Johnny River's "Slow Dancin',"and Kenny Roger's "Lucille." A silly diddy called " Telephone Man," by Meri was also popular.
Mike Rushin with his prize-winning Brown Swiss animal.
"The Things We Do For Love," by 10cc, Shaun Cassidy's "Da Doo Ron Ron," and Crosby, Stills, & Nash's "Just A Song Before I Go" were all popular tunes, while Alice Cooper's "You and Me," Helen Reddy's "You're My World," and "Don't You Leave Me This Way" were among the tops on the chart. Engelbert Humperdink's "After The Lovin'," "Cold As Ice," by Foreigner, and Bread's "Lost Without Your Love," were popular in Hopkins County, as one "took in the sights." The Bee Gees "Love So Right," "Somebody to Love," and Al Stewart's "Year of the Cat," could all be found in one's 8-track collection, as well as Heatwaves's "Boogie Nights,""Nobody Does It Better," by Carly Simon, "Walk This Way" by Aerosmith, and the Bay City Rollers' "You Make Me Believe in Magic." The world lost "The King" in August of 1977, but not before he crooned one of his last hits, "Way Down," that joined Barry Manilow's "Weekend In New England" and other songs in the top 100. Then, there was Joe Tex's "Ain't Gonna Bump No More With No Fat Woman," does anyone remember it?
You're sure to remember "It's Sad to Belong to Someone Else When the Right One Comes Along" by John Ford Coley!
Keith Bailey, a senior FFA student at SSHS, in 1977, won the Sales and Service award
for the organization and competed on the state level.
The Sulphur Springs FFA Dairy Judging Team, consisting of Clint Anderson, John Powell, and Rodney Alexander, won the Area VI Contest and then advanced to state competition in College Station, at Texas A&M. They won the state competition, with Clint Anderson as the top individual judge in the state. The trio, accompanied by their team coach, Richard Watson, would be competing in the national FFA contest in the autumn of 1977, at the Kansas City Royal Show.
1977 found milk at $1.39 a gallon in Hopkins County. Round steak could be purchased as Quicky Food's meat market for only $1.09 a pound as well as, bacon for $1.19 a pound, pork roast for only 79cent a pound, and cured ham for only $1.49 a pound. Eggs were 63 cents a dozen and Foremost yogurt could be purchased 3 for 89 cents. A six-pack of cokes were $1.19 and a one-pound box of Premium Saltine Crakers were 59 cents. Ice cream was only 69 cents for a half-gallon tub, with melorine at 49 cents for the same size container.
Sulphur Springs FFA member, Andy Crouch, center, won a Houston Scramble heifer,
and is shown with FFA advisor Richard Watson, and the donor of his calf.
The Cullen Davis Trial was in the news in Ft. Worth and Tarrant County, while the Dairy Queen in Sulphur Springs was conducting a "Hunger Buster Sale," with malts and shakes for 99 cents. The Bonanza Steak House opened at their location on Shannon Road and featured their lunch special for only $1.79, as they advertised "Come and Come Hungry!" While "Soft and Pretty" toilet tissues was 4 king-sized rolls for 69 cents.
Ken's Pizza opened at 400 Shannon Road and manager Everett Wright was offering a "grand opening special" of "buy one pizza and get one free!" And, next door, "Billy Bob's Sandwich Shop and Ice Cream Parlor" was featuring their lunch special for only $1.55.
Sulphur Springs FFA member, Jeff Vititow, chose to show a Brahman
beef heifer, rather than a dairy animal.
The Northeast Texas Famer's Coop was selling clothing and featured their "Big Screen" 25" RCA color television for only $599.95. And, Beall's Department Store was featureing women's polyester pants suits for only $10.88, with shells for $5.99 and polyester "pull-on" pants for only $6.88.
Jelly George and Ted Thompson invited dairy farmers to "drop-by" their cattle lot and look over their selection of springing Holstein heifers priced at $450.00 each. They also had a nice selection of Brown Swiss bulls. Meanwhile, Lester Flora, of Como, advertised from his farm a nice selection of Brahman bulls "that were ideal for getting those treasured F-1 Crossbred heifers that were so popular with the local beef cattlemen."
These women were among the wives of the Sulphur Springs Young Farmers
in 1977. Can you guess who they might be? Hint: the lady in the middle
front row and the lady on the end of the back row can be found at a shoe
store in Sulphur Springs, today!!!
Mike Newman had been announced as the Valedictorian of the 1977 class at Yantis High School, with Phyllis Ponder earning the honor of salutatorian. Jack Harris was valedictorian of the class at Como-Pickton High School, and Geina Wall was salutatorian. Andy Parker was tops of the SSHS Class of 1977 and Betty Lynn Donald was in the second position. And, newly elected Student Body officers at SSHS included: Janet Filak as president, Terri Williams as vice-president, and Terry Burney as secretary. Meanwhile, Kentucky Fried Chicken was advertising their "chicken and corn special" for 99 cents, that included 2 pieces of chicken, a cob of corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a roll.
1977 Sulphur Springs Young Farmers, Mike Webb and David Owens, pose with
some of the awards won by the local chapter.
Randy Maddox had been selected as the new Drum Major at SSHS for the next year and Latimers Muffler had just opened at their location at 1107 Gilmer Street, where they were offering "glass-pack" pipes, that really made those trucks sound good as they paraded up and down Gilmer Street on a Saturday night!
North Hopkins High School named Cornelious Berry valedictorian and Sherri Glossup salutatorian, while Cumby named cousins, Diane Evans valedictorian and Ricky Evans salutatorian. The Miller Grove Class of '77 was headed by Elizabeth Calk, with Tonya Newman being named salutatorian. Day Cable had been selected for the "Fighting Heart Award" at SSHS and David Watson was named MVP for Golf, while Terry Abercrombie was MVP for Track and Field.
These 1977 Sulphur Springs FFA members,
Earl Gaddy and Gary Friddle, display awards
they won in the FFA talent contest.
The headlines read "Alien Slain" and it wasn't anything extra-terrestrial, but a Mexican worker who was killed outside an Arbala residence. Jimmy Carter was president of the country and had been invited to a town meeting in Sulphur Springs (I don't think he came!), but the meeting was staged and the invitation was sent to the first such meeting in Texas held in the Bowie School Cafeteria, according to Jeff Roper, with the Institute of Cultural Affairs.
And, eleven Hopkins County residents were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital in one of the largest injury crashes in the history of the area. The accident, investigated by Sulphur Springs Police Officers Randy Whittle and Bobby Skeen, occured at the intersection of Houston Street and North Davis when cars driven by James Flanagan and Jack Orwosky collided. Injured besides the drivers were: Kevin Kinard, Rita Orwosky, Alfred and Rusty Stillwagoner, Jerry Dodd, Jess Tomaseck, Jimmy Hurley, and James and Joel Moseley. Many of the injured were headed for a Boy Scout meeting and fortunately none of them injured seriously.
Sulphur Springs FFA Advisor, Richard Watson, decided to
resign from his position and enter the dairy business, in the
spring of 1977. Here he and his wife, Sandy, are honored
with a reception and party marking the occasion.
Local attorney Tommy Allison had been selected as the new president of the SSISD School Board, and county roads were still a major concern in Hopkins County as petitioners had once again met with the Hopkins County Commissioner's Court. And, reports that President Jimmy Carter's program to discharge Vietnam War deserters had "gotten off to a slow start!"
"An over-flowing crowd jammed the Junior High Gymnasium" was the report of the opening Talent and Beauty Show in 1977. Donnis Rushin served as the Master of Ceremonies, for the second year. Lisa Brem opened the talent portion of the program as she played a piano solo, followed by Emily Anderson singing a medley of John Denver songs. Melony Moore danced and sang a "cutting" from "Fiddler on the Roof," while Karen Davis sang a piece from "Jesus Christ Superstar." Gina Deaton sang a selection from the Broadway musical "Sweet Charity," and Katie Dobson presented a vocal piece called "Whistle A Happy Tune," from the musical "The King and I." Angela Browning played a medley of ragtime tunes on the piano, and Tammie Hare sang the Country and Western hit, "Such A Pretty World." Sharon Strickland presented a dance routine to the song "Big Spender," and Julie Scott played the flute and sang "Send in the Clowns."
Randy Neal is shown with one of his winning Holstein heifers.
The skies were overcast by the clouds failed to "rain on the parade," as the Dairy Festival Parade moved the through the streets of Sulphur Springs, on Saturday morning. The floats featured and array of fantasy characters and a new classification of prizes were offered to the candidates and their sponsors. Winning the Sweepstakes award was "Alice in Dairyland," featuring the Mad Hatter hosting a milk party and the Cheshire Cat grinning from the top of a giant ice cream cone. The float was ridden by Melony Moore, representing the Dial Study Club. The "Originality Award," given to the float that carried out the most original adaptation of the year's theme, was "The Land of Milk and Honey." The float was characterized by Winnie the Pooh and his friends as they were served milk and dairy products. The float was ridden by candidate Gina Deaton, who was sponsored by the Mothers Culture Club.
Judged as the "Most Beautiful" float in the 1977 parade was "Mother Goose Visits Dairyland," ridden by Karen Davis, representing the Hopkins County Farm Bureau. The float featured Mother Goose and all her rhymes. Either riding on the float or walking beside it were: Mickie Sewell, Bill Sewell, Tim Elliott, Virginia Bradford, Amy Grimes, Chris Owens, James Miller, Carrol Crouch, T.R. Davis, Scarlett Herman, Richard Crouch, Judy Penn, Kreg Sparks, Rhonda Crouch, and Lee Hammonds.
The "Best Desciption of Theme" award was presented to the "Dairy Go-Round" float ridden by Lisa Brem and representing the Junior Waverly Club.
Sulphur Springs FFA member Clint Anderson was working on the home dairy
farm, as well as was the top dairy judge in the state contest, in 1977.
It was on Saturday night, May 7th, 1977 that the Dairy Festival Pageant portion of the contest was conducted, in the Junior High Gymnasium. Master of Ceremonies was Rod Henderson and music was provided by David Lee, Diana Teddlie, and David Mayo. A quartet accompanied 1975 Dairy Festival Queen, Kim Baxter, who entertained the crowd. Quartet members included: Byrd Bonner, Cal Brim, Billy Sam Elliott, and David Lee.
Duchesses from the Autumn Trails, Mt. Vernon, and the Quitman Dogwood Festival appeared, as well as Miss Sulphur Springs, Julie Hagar, and Hopkins County Miss Flame, Renee Ramey.
When it time for the announcement of the new queen, it was Miss Julie Scott, daughter of Burford and Martha Harred Scott, and a junior at Sulphur Springs High School, that had been chosen to wear the crown, for the coming year. First Runner-up was Miss Gina Deaton, and Second Runner-up was Karen Davis.
Miss Scott was the granddaughter of Media and Hubert Harred, and the great-granddaughterof William and Jenny Harred, all who had proudly lived in Hopkins County.
Local John Deere Tractor Dealer, Jimmy Dobson, center, makes a baler demonstration
for local FFA members, in 1977.
"Winning the crown of 1977 Dairy Festival Queen was life changing for me," acknowledges Julie. "It helped to develop the confidence and poise, in front of groups of people, that she has found so valuable in her career."
"One of my fondest memories was the night of the dress rehearsals," explained Julie. "Having just finished singing my song 'Send in the Clowns,' and waiting for the lighting to be adjusted, I heard a familiar voice from the audience say, 'How about bringing up the blue lights a little more.' And, it was my dear and lifelong friend, Byrd Bonner, who had returned home from Vanderbilt University, to attend and perform in the Dairy Festival Pageant. Byrd and I are still friends to this day!"
Following her high school graduation in 1978, Julie followed in the footsteps of her mother, Martha, graduating with a music degree from Southern Methodist University, then teaching elementary music in Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Mesquite ISDs, for 16 years. During that time, students and choirs under Julie's direction performed at Texas Music Educators Association conferences in 1992, 2001, and 2004.
Julie completed her masters degree at SMU, in 1996, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York, a degree she hopes to finish in 2009. From 2006-2008, she was Coordinator of Elementary Music for Richardson ISD. Currently, Julie is Lecturer in Music Education at SMU, where she teaches music education classes to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas and serves as Vice-President and President Elect of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, a group dedicated to the teaching of a particular approach to music education. Julie has published articles in four music education journals and has contributed lessons to two textbook series. She has taught summer music education courses to adults at six universities and has presented workshops throughtout the U.S., as well as at international conferences in Italy, Thailand, and Australia.
1977 Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen, Julie Scott Siebler, states she
looks forward to the 50th Anniversary Pageant, but only wishes that 1967
Queen Stephanie Longion could join her.
Julie is married to Ron Siebler, a general contractor, who frequently volunteers as the "resident blacksmith" at the Hopkins County Heritage Museum. Julie's sister, Libby Scott Bogart, teaches choir at Arlington Heights High School andn lives with her husband, Herb, in Ft. Worth.
The Junior Dairy Show opened the 41st Annual 1977 Show, on Friday, May 13, 1977, with Jim Lewis, nationally known Holstein breeder, from Hamilton, Ohio, serving as the judge. Local winners in the Junior Show included: Cynthia Alexander, Rodney Alexander, Danny Huddleston, and Kenneth Kirkpatrick. In the Saturday, Open Show competition, Leo Hoff, Jr. of Windthorst dominated the Holstein classes, winning Grand Champion Female honors. Other local winners included: Mark Massey, Robert Allen, Lester Hobbs, Joe Mack Walters, Kris Koon, Steve Mitchell, Teresa Brumfield, Mike Rushin, and Chuck Hill .
Julie Scott Siebler states that she looks forward to reuniting with old friends and meeting new ones at the 2009 50th Anniversary Dairy Festival, but that the reunion will be bittersweet. "Stephanie Longino, 1967 queen, was a special friend and mentor, and with her deceased, there will be saddness," expresses Julie. "But, I know that she will be with all of us in spirit!"