Teams earn dollars with stew and tea at Veterans celebration

From staff reports

The Winston County Stew Stomp and Veterans Parade drew a good crowd to downtown Louisville to salute the veterans, enjoy hot stew and wash it down with Southern sweet tea.

The day kicked off with events at the First United Methodist Church including a pancake breakfast. At 11 a.m., the parade to honor the veterans kicked off and had persons of all ages lined up the streets to salute the local veterans, see the fire trucks, boy scouts, LES Melody Makers and other parade entries.

Louisville Mayor Will Hill welcomed the crowd and recognized the importance of the veterans to our county and country.

“This is a small way to express our gratitude and respect for veterans,” said Mayor Hill.

Retired Brigadier General Gary Huffman served as the main speaker with Rev. Larry Haggard providing the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance. Tracy McCully sang the National Anthem. The crowd was also entertained by the Louisville Elementary’s Melody Makers.

Chamber Director Linda Skelton illustrated why the veterans parade is an important and great part of the day.

“First and foremost the Veterans Day Parade was wonderful. These men and women hold such a special place in my heart and it is a joy to hold such an event for them,”’ said Skelton.

The 9th Annual Stew Stomp followed the veterans salute and featured 5 teams vying for cash and prizes by making the best stew or best sweet tea or both. The sweet contest was sponsored by Pearl River Resort, Vegas with Sweet Tea.

Community members who attended the annual event also had the opportunity to shop as part of the downtown Jingle Bell Jubilee Open House. The crowd also enjoyed free musical entertainment and children’s activities.

“The weather was beautiful for the Stew Stomp Saturday which made for a great day of eating, visiting, and shopping. Jingle Bell Jubilee was enjoyed by all and the winner of the $600 worth of gift certificates was Laura Hope Sims,” said Skelton.

The Winston County Chamber of Commerce handed out the cash and prizes to: Judges Choice for best Stew 1st Place Game Day Chili – Jamie Calvert 2nd Place Moody’s Furniture – Carolyn Moody 3rd Place Sturgis Road Hilltoppers – Berry Johnson People’s Choice 1st Place Moody’s Furniture – Carolyn Moody 2nd Place Ms Julie’s Homemade Soup – Julie Mills 3rd Place Game Day Chili – Jamie Calvert Decorations Winners 1st Place Moody’s Furniture – Carolyn Moody 2nd Place – Game Day Chili – Jamie Calvert 3rd Place Ms Julie’s Homemade Soup – Julie Mills Sweet Tea Winners 1st Place Game Day Chili – Jamie Calvert 2nd Place MS Julie’s Homemade Soup and Sweet Tea – Julie Mills 3rd Place Moody’s Furniture – Carolyn Moody