Bingo! Dairy Banquet is a winner

Dairy bingo Don Eilers (right) calls out numbers for the Carla Zumbach Memorial Bingo Game, part of the Jones County Dairy Banquet Saturday. Assisting at left is Robert Stoll. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Representing the families of the top dairy herds, first row from left: Lilly Stoll, Ashley Moyer and Abby Fairbanks. Second row: Matt Stoll, Kevin Steiner, Marcus Ulferts and Matt McNamara.

Royalty announced at the Dairy Banquet include, first row from left: Dalton Ricklefs, 2019 Little Sir Dairyman; Carson Bergfeld, 2020 Little Sir Dairyman; MaryEllen Smith, 2020 Little Miss Squirt; and Reagan Stoll, 2019 Little Miss Squirt. Second row: Abby Fairbanks, 2020 Jones County Dairy Princess; Julie Hammerand, 2019-20 Iowa Dairy Princess; and Gabby Gadient, 2019 Jones County Dairy Princess.

     A meal, the naming of royalty, awards, and a Carla Zumbach Memorial Bingo game were all part of the Jones County Dairy Banquet Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Berndes Center in Monticello.

     Jones County royalty for 2020 were recognized, including Jones County Dairy Princess Abby Fairbanks, Little Miss Squirt MaryEllen Smith, and Little Sir Dairyman Carson Bergfeld. Also on hand was Julie Hammerand of Sherrill, the 2019-20 Iowa Dairy Princess.

     Dairy producers were honored for having herds with production above state averages. Among those recognized, by breed, were as follows: Brown Swiss – Doug and Jodi Fairbanks, M&M Dairy. Holstein – Doug and Jodi Fairbanks, Stoll Farms, Inc.; Coonridge Holsteins, M&M Dairy, Kevin Steiner, and Kyle and Virginia Ulferts. Jersey – M&M Dairy, Doug and Jodi Fairbanks.

     The Golden Butter Knife Award went to Sarah and Ted Kraus of Hillside Sports Bar & Grill. The Friend of the Dairyman Award went to Bill Nietert, and was accepted by his grandson Cord Nietert.

     Dinner was provided by Hillside Sports Bar & Grill and the Jones County Cattlemen. Holly Knouse provided an invocation, Robert Stoll gave the welcome and introductions, awards were presented by Don Eilers, Rachel Beitz and Grace Gadient; and the Jones County Dairy Promoters held door prize drawings.

     Conducting the Carla Zumbach Memorial Bingo event was Don Eilers, with help from Robert Stoll.



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