Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey needed to win this one for his grandsons. Losing the Tennessee legislature's annual milking contest to House Speaker Beth Harwell two years running was bad enough. Ramsey didn't want to contemplate what would happen if the sandy-haired boys saw their grandpappy go down to defeat a third time.
"They could be ruined for life," he said.
Ramsey, R-Blountville, had little to fear in the end. Together with Republican Sen. Frank Niceley, a dairy farmer from Strawberry Plains, Ramsey easily defeated Harwell and state Rep. John Forgety, 180 milliliters to 35 milliliters, to take home the Zinc Pails. A $750 donation to Second Harvest Food Bank also was made in their honor.
The milking contest took place as part of "Ag Day on the Hill," an annual lobbying day organized by the state Department of Agriculture.