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February 07, 2014

Soup's on! Oklahoma City couple dish out samples, win over customers

StockshowsoupEating fun food is one of the best reasons to visit the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, although some of the items can be a bit pricey.

Here's a tip for those on a budget: Wander through the Texas Room in the Amon G. Carter Jr. exhibits hall, and look for a nice couple from Oklahoma City. Wilda and Gary Harrison are regulars here, and they specialize in selling Company's Comin' soups and casseroles. The items are roughly $9 each, but Gary Harrison is happy to provide passers-by with as many free samples as they like.

On a recent visit, he offered a visitor no less than seven one-ounce servings of fare such as Grandpa Bo's Baked Potato Soup, Old Mexico Cheese Soup and King Ranch Casserole.

All the soup and casserole mixes are made at the company's headquarters in Hearne, just north of Bryan/College Station. It's a family operation, and the Harrison's are distance cousins - or, as Wilda Harrison says, "the gypsies of the family, who do all the traveling."

As for the free samples, Wilda Harrison says it boosts sales tremendously.

"People like to taste what they're buying," she said. "Some people do make a meal of it, and that's just fine."

- Gordon Dickson

@gdickson

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