I chatted for a few minutes this morning with Henderson County Livestock Show President Danny Davis, and we ended up talking about what makes the HCLS special.
He said it is the people.
“People ask me why I keep on doing this and it is because of the people involved,” he said. “This is the best group of people to work with of any that I’ve worked with, so it works well.”
Now I’m just an observer and not in the trenches with these folks, but I agree with Davis. The amount of work it takes to put on an event like this is monumental.
There were more than 220 hogs in the Market Swine Show Thursday night, and I watched while the rabbit judge worked through more than 70 entries in only one class at the Breeding Rabbit Show.
I spent 12 hours out at the Fairpark Complex Thursday just watching and still didn’t see everything that was going on.
What I did see was family. Everywhere family.
“There are so many of the kids who are showing whose parents showed here, whose grandparents are involved,” Davis said.
That family theme resonates throughout the fairgrounds, something nearly everyone in the HCLS was reminded of when Belle Mills ended up in ICU last week after getting kicked in the head by a horse.
Belle — who competed in the HCLS Princess competition and won the Horsemanship Award — went home this week with her family.
“The whole Belle Mills thing really impressed on me how its family, I’ve never seen a community respond like this one did to that,” said Davis. “Of course with how positive things are going for her right now, it is unbelievable.”
Army Reserve Spec. Elisa L. Sargent has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.
Sargent is the daughter of Huntsville.
She is a 2004 graduate of Cross Roads High School, Malakoff. She received a bachelor’s degree in 2009 from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.
Jeanne Self, 80, passed away and entered into the presence of her heavenly father on March 20, 2103.
Jeanne was born on Oct. 3, 1932 in Dallas to William F. and Pearl T. Hilderbrand Broyles.
She married Bill Self on June 16, 1973. She and Bill loved to travel. They were a part of the Volunteer Christian Builders and traveled with them for many years serving the Lord. They were faithful members of First Baptist Church, Malakoff.
Jeanne is survived by her husband, Bill Self; son Phillip Gentry; step-son Mitchell Self; sisters, Alma Euler, Helen Ragsdale, Francis Bass, Bill Broyles; sisters-in-law Mattie Broyles, Blanche Broyles and Earlene Self; grandchildren, Curtis Gentry, Shannon Lane, Stephanie Giesecke; and six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents William and Pearl Broyles; brothers, Maurice Broyles, Sydney Broyles, Cecil Broyles, Alton Broyles; brothers-in-law, Houston Ragsdale, and Jim Bass; step-son Michael Self; and grandchild Amber Ray.
Visitation for Mrs. Self will be Friday, March 22, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, Malakoff, located on 200 West Mitcham Street. Service will be Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Bro. Casey Perry officiating. Interment will be at the Malakoff Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Gentry, Mitchell Self, Jim Gilfillan, Reagan Rogers, Travis Robertson, and Jim Day.