From left: 2012 Beef Queen Micayla Christopher with scholarship recipients Dalton Teitz, Julianna Wise, Hannah Snell and Lane Schnuelle. (Submitted photo)
The 2013 Winneshiek County Beef Banquet is Saturday, March 2, at The Oaks Steakhouse in Decorah.
A tradeshow begins at 5 p.m., followed by a beef tips with gravy dinner at 6:45.
Following the dinner is the scholarship auction and crowning of the 2013 Winneshiek County Beef Queen and Little Miss Cowgirls.
This year at the banquet, the Winneshiek County Cattlemen will highlight their new Beef Opportunity Grant program.
The Cattlemen established the new program, the Winneshiek County Cattlemen's Opportunity Grant, last November to help support the youth of Winneshiek County get started in the beef industry.
The mission of the program was to provide a grant to four individuals, grades 4th -10th, toward the purchase of a beef breeding heifer or a market beef animal.
Six hundred dollars was given toward the purchase of a breeding heifer, and $250 was given toward the purchase of a market beef animal.
According to a release from WCC, the main goal of this program is to encourage the youth of the county to fulfill their dreams within the beef industry.
The Cattlemen selected four individuals from nine applications at the Northland Classic Club Calf Sale, four individuals were presented with the grants. The individuals receiving the $600 toward a breeding heifer were: Daiton Tietz, Julianna Wise and Hannah Snell. Lane Schnelle received the $250 grant toward a market beef animal.
These four individuals have been completing monthly written reports about the progression of their calf, and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the year. The recipients are required to show their calf at the Winneshiek County Fair and the Northland Classic Show.
The Winneshiek County Cattleman are looking for candidates for beef royalty.
Queen candidates must be juniors or seniors in high school and Cowgirl candidates must be between the ages of 9-11 as of March 2.
Beef Queen and Little Miss Cowgirl applications are due Monday, Feb. 11.
Applications can be picked up at the Winneshiek County Extension Office or by calling Dana Stendel at 563-419-5023 or Micayla Christopher at 563-880-2134.
Scholarship applications can be picked up the Winneshiek County Extension Office. The scholarship deadline is February 25th, 2013.
Scholarship applications must be mailed to Winneshiek County Cattlemen Association Scholarship, c/o Eric Nordschow, 2467 Silver Creek, Decorah, IA 52101.