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Iowa Pork Producers Honor Several Delaware and Buchanan Residents

Several residents from Delaware and Buchanan counties have been honored for their work in the pork industry. 

Kelley Ries of Delaware County and Kalynn Cavanaugh of Buchanan County were among the three women nominated for the State’s Belle Ringer Award at the Iowa Pork Congress in January. 

Ries, of Manchester, has served on the Delaware County Pork Board for more than six years, playing a vital role in the contests for county pork queen and other youth royalty; helping with annual pie-baking contests; assisting with pork educational efforts; and serving pork meals to area residents.

Cavanaugh, of Oelwein, has served on the Buchanan County Pork Board for three years. She assists with many promotional activities, including at the pork producers food booth at the Buchanan County Fair, the Iowa Eats Food & Drink Festival in Waterloo and pork grilling events.

This year’s state winner of the Belle Ringer Award was Jaelyn Hesseltine of Washington County. 

And two local men were among four nominees for the state’s Hog Wild Award. 

Jim Shover of Hopkinton has served on the Delaware County Pork Board, including three years as president. Shover has served as pork superintendent of the Delaware County Fair, and represented pork producers on the fair livestock sale committee. He works with 4-H and FFA youth during the fair and throughout the year.

Lucas Cavanaugh of Oelwein is a three-year member of the Buchanan County Pork Board. Like his wife Kalynn, who was nominated for the Belle Ringer award, he is active with promotional activities, including at the Buchanan County Fair pork producers food stand, the Iowa Eats Food & Drink Festival in Waterloo and pork grilling events.

Andy Schroeder of Plymouth County was this year’s state Hog Wild Award winner.  

The Iowa Pork Producers Association says those nominated for both the Belle Ringer and Hog Wild awards show the highest qualities of leadership, dedication, and commitment to the activities that promote the Iowa pork industry.

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