The Jackson County Cattlemen will hold its annual banquet Saturday, Jan. 12, in Pearson Memorial Center on the Jackson County Fairgrounds.
Ribeye steaks and a catered meal will be served beginning at 5 p.m. The meal will be followed by a short business meeting and crowning of the new beef ambassadors, queen and princess. The public is encouraged to attend for food and entertainment. Tickets cost $20 each.
2018 Jackson County Beef Princess Kesley Holdgrafer, daughter of Gary and Lisa Holdgrafer of Bryant, will be crowned queen for 2019. She is a sophomore at Northeast High School.
2018 Junior Ambassador Brett Schoenherr, son of Randal and Jennifer Schoenherr of Monmouth, will be crowned senior ambassador for 2019. He is a senior at Midland High School.
Holdgrafer and Schoenherr will receive their new titles from outgoing beef queen Taylor Fleming, daughter of Paul and Kelly Flemming of Miles, and outgoing senior ambassador Colton Homan, son of Chris and Val Homan of Bellevue.
Running for 2019 Junior Beef Ambassador is Lane Stender, 16, of Baldwin. Stender is a sophomore at Maquoketa High School and the son of John and Jen Stender. He is involved in FFA, trapshooting, football and wrestling. After high school, he plans to attend college to study in an ag-related field.
The 2019 Beef Princess will be determined between two young ladies, Maddi Klemme, 15 of Preston, and Cortlyn Lane, 15, of Spragueville.
Klemme is a sophomore at Easton Valley High School and the daughter of Matt and Erin Klemme. She is active in FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and Student Council. After high school, Klemme plans to attend college to pursue a degree in veterinary science.
Lane is a sophomore at Easton Valley High School and the daughter of Doug and Nancy Lane. She is involved in FFA, 4-H, band, choir and church choir. After high school, Lane plans to attend college.
The ambassadors, queen, and princess will serve as spokespersons for the beef industry and will participate in promotions, educational presentations, and parades. They will also assist the Cattlemen with various activities.
Banquet participants are charged for the meal. Purchase tickets for $20 from the Jackson County Cattlemen Board of Directors or at the door on Jan. 12. One free ticket will be given with each paid 2019 Cattlemen membership.