The Winneshiek Beef Banquet is Saturday, March 10, at the Festina Community Center.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and a prime rib meal will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be a live and silent scholarship auction, awards presentation and the crowning of the 2018 beef royalty.
Tickets for the meal are available by contacting WCCA President LeRoy McClintock at 563-380-0136.
This year’s beef queen candidates are required to be either a junior or senior in high school as of March 10. Little Miss Cowgirl and Little Mr. Cowhand applicants must be age 9-11 also as of March 10. The Little Mr. Cowhand position is new this year.

Queen Candidates

Julianna Wise
Queen candidate Julianna Wise lives in rural Decorah with her parents, Dick and Julie. She is a junior at Decorah High School where she is a reporter and agricultural advocacy chairperson for the Decorah FFA chapter. Wise also serves as president of the Madison 4-H Club and is a member of Winneshiek County Council and Winneshiek County youth beef team. She earned a 2016 Star Greenhand Degree and an Outstanding Record Book award in both 2016 and 2017.
Her hobbies include showing Simmental heifers, spending time with friends and family, FFA livestock judging and Leadership Development Events (LDE), hunting and fishing, and promoting the beef industry. She mows lawns for the Pioneer Cemetery, babysits for neighbors and does farm chores.
Wise and her two brothers own 100 head of SimAngus cows. They run a cow-calf operation, sell feeder calves and keep their own replacement heifers for artificial insemination (AI).
Wise plans to attend Iowa State University and study animal science.

Katlynn Hauber
Hauber is the daughter of Kevin and Jamie Hauber of Ridgeway. She attends Crestwood High School in Cresco. During her freshman and sophomore year, she attended Mabel-Canton where she was inducted into the top 90’s club (honor roll achievement). In her first two years at Mabel-Canton, she also participated in FFA where she served as a sentinel and reporter. She received top fruit sales, top sophomore and many proficiency awards for beef and goats. She has been a member of the Lincoln Leaders 4-H club for 12 years where she served as a historian. She currently serves as a reporter.
In the past, Hauber has fundraised to help the victims of Hurricane Erma and Harvey and donated money to the local fire department. She has helped teach religious education to kindergarten and first graders and frequently helped with church dinners and functions. She is now attending Crestwood High School where she is active in FFA. She is currently taking college courses and focusing on her grades.
Hauber’s hobbies include taking care of her dairy goats, rabbits and bottle calves and hanging out with her friends, finding new recipes to bake/cook and refurbishing old furniture. She currently works at Country Blessings Daycare as a daycare provider.
The Hauber family lives on a farm south of Bluffton where they have a Black Angus cow-calf operation and raise chickens, goats and rabbits to show at the fair. They also grow corn, soybeans, oats and hay.
Hauber plans on attending NICC and majoring in child development.

Kimberly Hauber
Kimberly is the daughter of Kevin and Jamie Hauber of Ridgeway. She attended Mabel-Canton her freshman and sophomore year where she earned honor list awards. She also participated in the FFA and served as the secretary for two years. She received top freshman and sophomore awards and many proficiency awards for livestock. She now attends Crestwood High School, in Cresco where she is still active in the FFA.
For eight years, Hauber has been a member of Lincoln Leaders 4-H. She served as vice-president her sophomore year and is currently holding the office of president. She helped with the fundraisers the club organized to raise money for the Red Cross. At church she served up until confirmation. After she was confirmed, she taught religious education to third and fourth graders. She also helped with church dinners.
Hauber’s hobbies include softball, reading, hanging out with friends and working with her cattle. She works with her dad on the farm, taking care of livestock and cutting wood.
She is interested in pursuing a career in agriculture teaching or as a veterinary assistant.
The Hauber family lives on a farm south of Bluffton where they have a Black Angus cow-calf operation and raise chickens, goats and rabbits to show at the fair. They also grow corn, soybeans, oats and hay.

Cowgirl Candidates

Lauren Holthaus
Cowgirl candidate Lauren Holthaus lives near Decorah with her parents, Travis and Tonya. She is 10 years old and is a student at St. Benedict School in Decorah. She is active in the Decorah Chiefs 4-H club and serves as an altar server for St. Ben’s church. Holthaus also participates in the Decorah basketball association and was on the Decorah swim team. She is currently a dancer for “Just for Kix.”
Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, fishing, biking with family and horse-riding. The 10-year-old likes spending time at her grandparent’s farm and she is responsible for her dog “Tracker.” She also recently learned how to drive the families’ grain cart with her dad.
On their farm, the Holthaus family tend to around 660 acres of corn, beans and alfalfa. They have about 100 cow-calf pairs and also feed around 40-50 fat cattle each year.

Isabella Kuboushek
Little Miss Cowgirl candidate Isabella Kuboushek is the 11-year-old daughter of Dan and Staci Kuboushek. She lives near Calmar where she is a fifth grader at CFS Catholic School. She is involved in band and plays the saxophone.
Kuboushek is a member of the Prairie Shooting Stars’ 4-H Club of Spillville. She also participated in CFS’s Lego League team and advanced in the Knight of Columbus spelling bee. She has been involved in South Winn Rec programs such as volleyball, basketball, track and soccer. She also was part of the South Winn traveling softball team.
The 11-year-old enjoys rollerblading, swimming, biking, and sewing with her grandma, taking care of her fairy gardens and playing games/cards. Kuboushek also enjoys watching the Golden State Warriors basketball team and attending Iowa State sporting events.
When her dad is working, she helps by holding gates open. She also does chores around the house, babysits her brothers and feeds the dog and bunny. Her family finishes out 400 head of colored steers per year and tends to 500 acres of corn, beans and hay.

Little Mr. Cowhand

Derek Tieskoetter
Derek Tieskoetter, an 11-year-old from St. Benedict’s School in Decorah, is a candidate for this year’s Little Mr. Cowhand. Tieskoetter is a second-year member of Decorah Chiefs 4-H club. His hobbies include playing football, soccer and working outdoors.
The Tieskoetter family operates a cow/calf operation. In addition, they finish out all of their calves. They also raise corn, alfalfa and oats.
Tieskotter hopes to continue working in the agriculture field in the future.