The Jackson County Cattlemen Association will hold its annual banquet Saturday, Jan. 11, in Pearson Memorial Center on the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Maquoketa. The public is encouraged to attend for food and entertainment.
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 ambassador, queen and princess.
2019 Jackson County Beef Princess Cortlyn Lane, daughter of Doug and Nancy Lane of Spragueville, will be crowned queen for 2020. She is a junior at Easton Valley High School.
2019 Junior Ambassador Lane Stender, son of John and Jen Stender of Baldwin, will be crowned senior ambassador for 2020. He is a junior at Maquoketa High School.
Lane and Stender will receive their new titles from outgoing Beef Queen Kesley Holdgrafer, daughter of Gary and Lisa Holdgrafer of Bryant, and outgoing Senior Ambassador Brett Schoenherr, son of Jennifer Schoenherr of Monmouth and the late Randal Schoenherr.
No 2020 junior ambassador will be crowned because no one applied.
The 2020 beef princess will be determined between two young ladies — Taylor Deppe, 14, of Bellevue, and Mariah Hueneke, 16, of Bellevue.
Deppe is a freshman at Bellevue High School and the daughter of Brain and Tammy Deppe. She is active in 4-H, FFA, Student Council, FBLA and various sports. After high school, Deppe plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a degree in teaching and agriculture.
Hueneke is a sophomore at Bellevue High School and the daughter of Derek and Tracey Hueneke. She is involved in 4-H, FFA, FBLA, Big Buddies, and various other activities. After high school, Hueneke plans to attend college to pursue a degree in elementary education.
The ambassadors, queen, and princess will serve as spokespeople for the beef industry and will participate in promotions, educational presentations, and parades. They also will assist the Cattlemen with various activities.
Banquet participants are charged for the meal. One free ticket will be given with each paid 2020 Cattlemen membership. Buy tickets for $20 from the Jackson County Cattlemen Board of Directors or at the door on Jan. 11.