The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

June 22, 2013

Big Country Meat Market gets a big thumbs up for winning competition awards

ENID, Okla. — Thumbs up to Big Country Meat Market for winning some major awards at a recent competition featuring meat markets from Oklahoma and Texas.

Bob Nafus of Big Country won the grand prize for his summer sausage and fresh breakfast sausage May 31, June 1 and June 2 at the Oklahoma-Texas Meat Processors Association competition. He also was named reserve champion for his meat sticks.

Big Country Meat Market was competing against 10 other teams from Oklahoma and Texas.

Thumbs up to the legacy of John Taylor, a longtime publisher of Enid newspapers.

Taylor died June 14 after a lengthy illness. He was 85.

The Taylor family and the Garber family published the Enid Morning News and Enid Daily Eagle for two generations until selling the newspapers in 1989. The two daily papers then merged into what is today the Enid News & Eagle.

Taylor was remembered by friends and former employees as a kind and generous man.

“What a wonderful man, and I’m so proud to have been able to call him my friend,” The Oklahoman’s Don Gammill commented via Facebook. “In the 11-plus years I worked at the Enid Publishing Co., John was always one of those people I admired and respected. Just a genuinely great guy.”

More thumbs up for the Business Expo held inside the new Enid Event Center.

The Expo, the first public event since the impressive facility’s grand opening, boasted 57 booths filling half of the floor June 15.

The Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce handed out tickets to all attendants and gave away prizes throughout the day, with about 400 people attending the one-day event.

Booths such as the Broadway Boutique Hotel and the Oklahoma National Guard passed out promotional freebies and food. The concession stand served a full menu, from hamburgers to corn dogs and candy bars.

Finally, thumbs up to the 35th year of Camp Tomahawk.

The summer camp is funded by sponsors through Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce and held at Vance Air Force Base.

The camp was made for children who may not be able to go to other camps due to their family’s circumstances.

Thanks to all the volunteer counselors for making this happen.

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