Jefferson County Cattleman host annual banquet

Cattlemen and industry partners from around the county and southeast Iowa gathered for the Jefferson County Cattlemen?s annual banquet Thursday at the Best Western Fairfield Inn.

Approximately 120 people enjoyed a steak dinner, with steaks grilled by Van Buren County Cattlemen and Best Western Fairfield Inn furnished the rest of the meal.

During the program, Adair Lents promoted Iowa Cattlemen?s Association membership and Beef Check-off program. Sparky Wellman promoted the annual Governor?s Charity Steer show in which 100 percent of the donations goes to the Ronald McDonald Houses in Iowa. Dan Delaney recapped the Beef Bonanza. Adam Ledger highlighted the bucket bottle program, and Jake Louth summed up all the grilling events for 2017.

The Lifetime Annual Achievement award was presented to Gwenith and Grant Mitchell in honor of the late Wayne Mitchell. Wayne Mitchell was a respected cattlemen all his life and involved in youth and Extension programs to support the next generation entering the cattle industry.

Entertainment for the evening was provided by Josh Alton, a stand-up comedian and a stay-at-home dad. He added smiles and laughter as he told stories of his travels and stay-at-home dad role.

Door prizes, which were given by many local businesses were handed out with the help of 4-H members. Several $100 Beef Certificates were drawn for all banquet attendees, current producer members, and Friend of the Industry members.

An auction concluded the evening as Terry Hoenig from Steffes Auction Service took bids.