The three judges on the panel were overwhelmed when first setting their eyes on Bobby Ray’s entry. In fact, head judge Rita Fluorine Wiggenmeister, when first confronted with Bobby Ray’s cactus, became overcome with what could be called ‘the vapors’. After approximately 20 minutes of unconsciousness, Rita Fluorine was revived. She explained, “Sweet Jesus, seeing that cactus, why it reminded me so much of my late husband Earl Jr.! He’s been gone now for three years, but I think about him every day. Earl Jr. and I were deacons together at the Eye-of-the-Needle Baptist Church. I remember, several years ago, when Pastor Bob gave that sermon based on Song of Solomon 7: 2. Earl Jr. and I couldn’t wait to get back home to the double-wide. Lord knows how much I miss that man!”
The winning cactus, renamed Earl Jr., Jr., will be on display in the horticulture barn on the northwest corner of the fairgrounds, right next to the churros stand, until the end of the month. Bobby Ray would be so pleased if you could drop by to see it.