It was a full house for the annual Fayette County Cattlefeeders winter banquet held in the Mahan Building on the fairgrounds.
The president of the Fayette County Cattlemen, JL Draganic, welcomed everyone Monday evening. When queried about the history of this association, Draganic responded by sharing some.
“Back in the beginning of farm life in Fayette County, farms were spread out, therefore each farm family grew what they needed: food for humans and for livestock,” he said. “If a farm had acreage that could not produce a crop, they probably threw up a fence and raised livestock that could be sold for necessities for the family.
“Today, we raise livestock as our living. One of our goals is to reach out to the youth of Fayette County to interest them in raising cattle, or any livestock, as a living. The Fayette County Cattlemen are deeply invested in the junior fair programs. We weigh in animals prior to the opening of each county fair, we help with the auctions, we answer questions all year long, give pointers and we support our youth financially during auctions. In my time with the Fayette County Cattlemen, I believe we have made a difference. Today’s youth have so many activities to choose from to fill their time. We hope our efforts will encourage them to choose cattle as a way of life.”
Joe Foster, from Gallia County and president of the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association, gave those in attendance a quick run-down on the upcoming Cattlemen’s Ohio calendar, encouraging all members to attend as many activities as they could. Foster also took the time to thank the Fayette County Cattlemen for their support of the Ohio Association.
The guest speaker for the evening was Karina Nova, WBNS 10 TV News weekend anchor. She was introduced by Tim Skaggs, who met the reporter during one of his weekend how-to series tapings at 10 TV. Nova, who left Russia at the age of 11 with her family and settled in Ashtabula, Ohio, related stories about her life in Russia and answered questions regarding her life as a TV reporter.
Another highlight of the evening was the crowning of the 2017 Fayette County Beef Queen. Kris Waits, secretary for the Cattlemen, introduced the reigning beef queen, McKenzie Riley, and the three candidates: Cassie Baird, Macie Riley and Lindsey Worley. Waits explained how the judging worked and then announced the 2017 queen: Lindsey Worley.
The annual Distinguished Cattlemen’s Award was presented to the family of Mr. Jack Flax. Flax family friend, Teresa Garland, read the biography and then family members, sons Dustin Flax and Josh Flax, daughter Jodi Flax and sister, Gaye Thompson, made their way up front to accept the award.
The evening ended with a raffle drawing and door prizes. Dinner was under the direction of Rachel’s House Catering and Smokin Joe’s.