The community gathered to celebrate the local beef industry on Saturday night at the Delaware County Cattlemen’s annual Beef Banquet.
Maci Cook of Worthington wrapped up her year as Delaware County Beef Queen, telling KMCH she’s been very thankful for the opportunity.
Cook handed over her reign to new Delaware County Beef Queen Abigail Krogmann, with Myka Brooks named the Delaware County Beef Princess.
The Delaware County Cattlemen also awarded several honors. The Mike and Megan Loecke family of Manchester was named Cattlemen of the Year, while Hart Ridge Clubhouse in Manchester was named Beef Promoter of the Year.
The Mitch and Angie Peyton family received the Making A Difference Award for Legacy Cattle Company. The Peytons started a cow-calf barn facility south of Manchester a few years ago to give local youth the opportunity to work with show cattle. Mitch says the honor came as a total surprise.
The Cattlemen also awarded several beef scholarships to Maci Cook, Peyton Gaul, Logan Peyton and Kaden Ryan. And they said goodbye to outgoing board member Bill Ries.
Cattlemen Co-Secretary Sarah Maurer says around one thousand tickets were sold for Saturday night’s ribeye steak dinner, with around two hundred of those meals to go through the drive-thru and eight hundred coming for the program at the Delaware County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Manchester. Along with the awards and meal, there was a live and silent auction and door prizes, with Justin Roberts hosting the program and music by Bill Stock.
photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH