Chamber of Commerce held the 2nd Annual Watermelon
Festival Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, September 15th.
Approximately 60 volunteers and sponsors gathered at The Cryin’
Coyote Ranch for dinner, music, and socializing.
Henderson, owner of Beans n’ Bacon Caterin’, prepared a
delicious dinner on his chuckwagon then served homemade peach
cobbler and his famous Cowboy Cappuccino for desert. Steed
entertained the crowd with cowboy poetry and his authentic old
and his band donated their time to provide some excellent guitar
pickin’ and singing. As a side note, the Chamber wishes Buck
and his beautiful wife, Ka’ren, congratulations on the birth of
their baby boy.
hostess Sherri Rumph announced the winner of the Chamber,
“Volunteer of Year” Award. This year’s winner is Melissa
Newcomb of Oak Shadows Cottage. Melissa has been working hard
for the city of Hempstead and the Chamber for many years. This
year she was the driving force behind the Street Banner
Project. She worked not only with the Chamber, but also with
the city, TXDOT, and Shirts Caps and More to get sponsors, have
the locations approved, and have the banners designed and hung.
In the past
she has worked diligently on the Watermelon Festival and was
instrumental in having a web site created for the Chamber. We
can’t thank Melissa enough for her devotion to this community!
We wound down
the evening with door prizes for all in attendance and more
entertainment by Buck.
wishes to thank the following people for their generous
donations to this event: Danny & Sherri Rumph of The Cryin
Coyote for use of their beautiful ranch, Rick Hunley of Country
Living Mortgage for sponsoring the wonderful dinner, John and
Cheryl Durrenberger of Mike Hopkins Distributing and James
Walker of Brookshire Brothers for sponsoring the beverages, and
Michael and Connie Wawarofsky of Connie’s Creations for donating