This long standing event began as a way to recognize the agricultural contributions to the Slaton community. The farming and ranching has been a large part of the lives of our citizens. It has changed over the 50 plus years of its existence, as the face of agriculture has changed in our community. We now recognize the Railroad as the founding industry of our small town and a consistent force in the growth and development of Slaton. Not only that but all the businesses that have put down roots in Slaton to be a part of our lives. Thank you for your support.
Area Gins: Slaton Co-op Gin Texas Star Gins Union and Wilson Posey Gin Acuff-McClung Gin Lubbock Cotton Growers.
Farmer of the Year 1966 Walter Heinrich 1967 Ed Moseley 1968 Harold Voight 1969 Wesley Hancock 1970 Ronald Schilling 1971 Glen Akin 1972 Billy Fred Weaver 1973 A. A. Wimmer 1974 Bobby B. Jones 1975 W. D. “Buzz” Vardeman 1976 Travis Lancaster 1977 Milton Piwonka 1978 Roy Lee Heinrich 1979 Bill Alspaugh 1980 Jerry Melcher 1981 C. B. Schneirs 1982 Leroy Zieschang 1983 August Patschke 1984 J. B. Rackler 1985 Eugene Bednarz 1986 Ronnie Dunn 1987 Paul Kitchens 1988 Joe Alspaugh 1989 Eugene Sokora 1990 Cecil Stolle 1991 Melvin Walter 1992 Roger Kitten 1993 Ray Ehlers, Wilson 1994 Walter Ray Steen 1995 J. L. Talley 1996 Franklin Kitten 1997 Tommy Bednarz 1998 Doug Hlavaty 1999 Glen A. Brosch 2000 James Wuensche 2001 Harvey Hancock 2002 Dwayne Patschke 2003 David Bednarz 2004 John “Jack” C. Melcher 2005 Tony Bishop 2006 David Gossett 2007 Brady Mimms 2008 Gary Schaffner 2009 Van Voight 2010 Doyle Talkmitt 2011 Jack and Benny Sides 2012 Dickey Wallace 2013 Kelly Kitten 2014 Nathan Wheeler 2015 Craig Heinrich 2016 Bobby Park 2017 Jeff Johnson
Farm Family of the Year 2001 Jerome Schwertner Family 2002 Paul Martin Family 2003 Mike Patschke Family 2004 Monroe Buxkemper Family 2017 Kitten Land Company
Farm Hand of the Year 2012 Eloy Salinas 2013 Modesto Vasquez 2014 Lewis Hernandez 2015 Lupe Valdez 2016 Terry Vineyard 2017 Ben Mendoza
Railroader of the Year 2013 Rodney Simmons 2014 Steven M. Perkins 2014 Michael Simmons 2016 Jacob Parker 2017 Monty Means