Beef Cattle Commission honors McGaha
Haywood County resident Tony McGaha, was presented with the Happy Hollow Award at the Dec. 5 an annual dinner for the WNC Beef Cattle Commission. This award has been presented by the WNC Beef Cattle Commission every year since 1986 to an individual in western North Carolina. The Happy Hollow Award recognizes outstanding efforts to promote and support the beef cattle industry.
Past recipients of the award meet in November to determine who the next recipient will be based upon their involvement in WNC Beef Cattle Commission activities over the years.
The award was presented to Tony McGaha by cattlemen, Neal Stamey and Jim Cochran.
“We are pleased to be presenting this award to Tony McGaha in appreciation for his dedication to the beef industry," Stamey said. "Over the past 30 years, Tony has worked diligently to improve the agriculture for the future and farm families not only in Haywood County but many other parts of NC.
The history of this award is based out of Transylvania County in the 1980s when Transylvania Cattlemen would invite producers from the region to fellowship and enjoy a meal in their county. Happy Hollow was a lodge on the former Ecusta plant property where different groups were able to meet. The producers from Transylvania County, many of whom worked in the plant, reserved this space for the annual meeting for many years. Even though the location of the dinner has changed, the name of Happy Hollow continues, as well as the camaraderie and opportunity to recognize outstanding efforts made by individuals to support the beef cattle industry.