Delaware County Dairy Industry Honored Saturday Night

The Delaware County Dairy Banquet was held in Manchester Saturday night, with several honors given to those involved in the dairy industry. New dairy royalty was crowned, with Katelyn Goldsmith of Earlville named the 2015 Delaware County Dairy Princess.

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Goldsmith says she looks forward to promoting dairy over the next year by appearing in parades, helping serve ice cream and serving as a spokesman for the Delaware County Dairy Council.

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Serving by her side will be the new Alternate Delaware County Dairy Princess Cassie Burkle of Earlville. Burkle says she’s been looking forward to this opportunity since she was crowned Little Miss Squirt ten years ago.

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Little royalty was also crowned…Kelsey Hoeger, the daughter of Dan and Donna Hoeger of Earlville, was named Little Miss Squirt. She’s looking forward to riding in the parades and promoting her favorite dairy products.

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Her cousin, Tyler Hoeger, was named Little Mr. Herdsman. Tyler says he stays busy helping out his mom and dad, Jill and Kevin Hoeger, on their farm near Delhi.

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Alternate Little Mr. Herdsman Tallen Mormann, the son of Mike and Whitney Mormann of Colesburg, says he also likes helping out on his farm.

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Several awards were also given Saturday night. The Delaware County Young Dairy Family Award was given to Wade and Jennifer Brunsman.

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The Brunsmans own and operate a tie-stall dairy located between New Vienna and Petersburg.

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The Delaware County Distinguished Dairy Family Award was presented to Al and Betty Kruse of Greeley.

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The Delaware County Distinguished Dairy Service Award was given to Lyle Helle of Helle Transport, and the Golden Butterknife Award was presented to the owners of Jude’s Cafe in Manchester, Fred and Judy Vorwald. And scholarship winners were Glenn Comley and Beau Vaske. And we’ll fill you in on the Cow and Herd Recognition Award winners in tomorrow’s KMCH Ag Informer. (Photos by News Director Janelle Tucker)