Golden Sweet Potatoes by Oprah
(Oprah saved the very best for last!)
Now, I just have to tell you about one more of my favorite
foods. Harold and Annette Simmons are my dear friends and neighbors in California
although they live most of the time in Dallas. Dahhh-luss! Everyone say
"Dahhh-luss." Well, they know how much I love sweet potatoes and a while
back Annette sent me a bunch.
I was having one for a snack. I love sweet potatoes and
I'm telling you it was pure heaven. They have found the purest, sweetest
sweet potatoes, the best sweet potatoes I've ever had. And so I called Annette
and Harold right away to ask, "Where on earth did you get these sweet potatoes?"
Turns out they're from a small Texas town, where sweet potatoes are so popular,
they even have their own special day. My friend Annette joins us with a very
special report on this Golden delicacy. Hey Annette!
Golden Sweet Potato Festival by Annette
Hi Oprah! Here we are at the 22nd annual Sweet Potato Festival
(held annually in October since 1982) in Golden, Texas home
of your favorite sweet potatoes. Come on, let's get started.
Golden is a small town 80 miles east of Dallas, population
150. It's a little bit hard to find. Don't look for it on the map. There's
a restaurant called "The Domino Grill." There's a post office. There's a
grocery. That's about it. (Golden is located at the intersection of Farm
Road 1799 and Farm Road 779, just off U.S. Highway 69, four or five miles
Northwest of Mineola in Southwest Wood County).
The day starts with a parade. The families come out. They
play the games. (A young child in the background yells, sweet
pah-tay-tahs. and the audience laughs). They have a bake off.
Everything is cooked with sweet potatoes. Oprah look at these ... (Annette
gestured to a long trail of tables filled with scrumptious-looking sweet
There are only nine sweet potato farmers here and most of
them are third generation farmers. Each year they harvest about 2 million
pounds of sweet potatoes. (The camera panned to the two
young sons of Kelly Hamrick, a Golden farmer). "The sweet potatoes
are so good here in Golden, Texas, because we have the best soil," (says
Oprah, the highlight of the Sweet Potato Festival is the auction.
And it raises more than 30,000 dollars and the proceeds go to needy families
in Golden. You know the top bidders get their photo made with Miss Texas.
And you know Harold's been here a lot of years.
Where is Harold? (The camera pans over to Bill Galyean,
Miss Texas and Harold. Miss Texas is standing in the middle. All three are
facing the camera with their arms around each others waist and smiling. Harold
is positely glowing). "Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Oprah" (they all sing in unison).
I enjoyed being your tour guilde today, Oprah. They're so delicious. Bye,