April 14, 2009
Rep. Ford Wins Milking Contest on Capitol
(NASHVILLE, TN), April 14, 2009 — State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) proudly proclaimed today that fellow upper East Tennessee legislator Dale Ford (R-Jonesborough) whipped his metropolitan colleague Mike Turner (D-Nashville) in the annual milking contest in the Tennessee General Assembly. The contest is part of “Ag Day on the Hill” sponsored by Tennessee farmers and other agricultural businesses.
“We in the Senate had no doubt that our upper-East colleague would whip that city representative at milking cows,” said Crowe who serves as Chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee of the Government Operations Committee. “He did us proud. We certainly hope that he will represent us in any future contests.”
Ford got 110 millimeters in the timed event to Turner’s nine millimeters. Ford is Vice-Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.
“It was like a donkey trying to milk a cow,” said Ford of Turner, who is Chairman of the House Democrat Caucus. “He got about enough to put in your coffee cup – if you don’t like that much cream.”
The legislators added that in all seriousness, the milking contest is one of many educational tools that farmers use each year to help remind legislators of the difficult work done on dairy farms every day. “Farmers face many challenges everyday and we certainly need to assist them in every way that we can.” Crowe concluded.