82nd East Texas Yamboree President


2019 Yamboree President

Michael Blanks is honored to serve as the President of the 82nd East Texas Yamboree. Michael grew up in Sulphur Springs helping his grandfather with his cattle business. In 1992, he and his wife Melody moved to Gilmer to enjoy Yamboree and all that Gilmer offers.

Michael is employed by Etex Telephone and currently serves on the Yamboree Board of Directors, Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and is a past President of the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Gilmer Rotary Club and a board member of Ducks Unlimited. Michael received the Unsung Hero Award from the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce in 2016 for his commitment to community service. He was also awarded the Chapter Horary Degree from Gilmer FFA.

Michael and Melody have one son Braden who is married to Jae’ Blanks. Michael, Melody, and Braden all serve on the East Texas Yamboree Livestock Committee where Michael served as past chairman.

Michael and his family would like to invite you to come and enjoy the 82nd East Texas Yamboree. There will be plenty of activities for everyone including the carnival, the Queen’s pageant, parades, livestock shows, the barn dance, and many more.