Floyd residents honored with Lions Club citizen of the year award

The spotlight went on around 9 p.m. searching the crowd for Johnny and Janice Ogden Saturday evening in the Floyd High School gym.

Their faces read surprised as they walked hand-in-hand to the stage to receive the Citizen of the Year award at the 62nd annual Floyd Lions Jamboree.

"I can't believe it," Janice Ogden said trembling from shock. "I'm just the bus driver."

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune

Johnny and Janice Ogden of Floyd stood front and center stage with big smiles Saturday evening while receiving the Citizen of the Year Award from the Floyd Lions Club at the 62nd annual Floyd Jamboree. The couple has been married for 48 years and are lifelong area residents.

The Ogdens, married for 48 years, grew up in the area and were honored by the Lions Club for being so involved with the community.

Johnnie Ogden, a dairy inspector, sits on the Floyd School Board and Janice drives the school bus for Floyd Municipal Schools.

"It's very humbling and overwhelming," Johnnie said. "All of our kids went to school here and they kept us connected with the school and the community."

Janice said driving children to and from school safely is her priority.

"They're our kids now too," Janice said.

The crowd of about 450 roared for the Ogdens, but it wasn't like they were quiet at any time of the evening. The entertainment kept them clapping and singing along.

The first set of the evening featured 28 acts, some veterans and some new. Country and bluegrass tunes and harmonies floated through the air.

Bass player Amy Miller with the bluegrass group the Triple L Band has been coming to the Floyd Jamboree for 12 years. She likes to see how musicians have grown.

"Whether we play in (the jamboree) or not, just getting to be around the people is very fun," Miller said. "Watching people grow up is really neat and I love being a part of this community."

Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune

Valencia Elementary School students Shyleigh Lawson, left, 8, and Madisen Porter, 10, twirl lassos Saturday night at the 62nd annual Floyd Jamboree. The girls said the hardest part was getting the ropes started.

Portales native Sharon Dictson has been performing at the jamboree for eight years. She sang "Walking After Midnight" by Patsy Cline.

"It's very uplifting for the community to have something like this and for the community to be so supportive of it," Dictson said.

Organizers of the event showed they wear multiple hats because a few of them performed as well.

Jamboree Program Director Fred Patterson sang a tune with his wife, and Master of Ceremonies Dave Nash has been a veteran performer for years.

Jimmy Joe Jester of Jordan had the crowd laughing hysterically with his cowboy poetry, offering jokes to compliment catchy tunes.

Some of the lines that had the audience in stitches included, "Never become so rich and famous where you can't enjoy a can of Vienna sausage at three in the afternoon," and, "Two mouse traps and a six pack is excellent red neck entertainment."

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