High Cotton Awards ceremony causes winners to reflect

The High Cotton Awards presentations can evoke some strong emotions among the winners as they pause to reflect on family members, friends and the other people they’ve known during their careers.

That was the case for this year’s awards, which are sponsored by Farm Press Publications through a grant to The Cotton Foundation. For the first time, the ceremony took place at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, which is held annually at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn.

This year's ceremony also marked the first time one of the winners was unable to attend. But Bill Lovelady, the Southwest winner from Tornillo, Texas, sent a video message telling his many friends in the cotton industry that he was sorry he was unable to attend the ceremony, but that he was deeply humbled and honored by the award.

Dennis Palmer, the Far West winner from Thatcher, Ariz., apologized for getting "the waterworks," but obviously was deeply touched by the award and by the presence of his children and their spouses at the ceremony.

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