Robinsons are inducted, awards presented at Beef Banquet


Inducted into the Jones County Cattlemen Hall of Fame at the Beef Banquet March 14 are Donna (center) and Wayne Robinson of Mechanicsville. At left is Cattlemen President Doug Kurt. (Photo by Pete Temple)

The Jones County Cattlemen, first row from left: President Doug Kurt, Vice President Kevin Gassman, Treasurer Neal Grant, Secretary Ty Jeffery, Great Jones County Fair Board Rep Lee Hardersen, Membership Coordinator Justin Reiter, District II Rep Jason Kurt, and directors Steve Barber and Cody Dirks. Second row: Ralph Hosch, Andy Jamison, Lance Toenjes, Mike Lynch, Kerry Scharff, Cole Burrack, Brian Lubben and Josh Smith. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

Scholarships were presented to students during the Beef Banquet. From left are Jones County Cattlemen President Doug Kurt, Abigail Welter of Cascade, recipient of a $1,000 scholarship; Autumn Kirby of Anamosa, $500; Callie Lynch of Cascade (accepting for recipient Clara Lynch, who was not in attendance), $250; and Wyatt Lynch of Cascade, $250. (Photo by Kim Brooks)

     A Jones County Cattlemen Hall of Fame induction, Al Lubben Memorial scholarships presented to four students, and the fourth annual edition of the Jones County Idol karaoke contest were all part of the annual Jones County Beef Banquet Saturday, March 14 at the Berndes Center in Monticello.

     Inducted into the Cattlemen Hall of Fame were Wayne and Donna Robinson of Mechanicsville.

     The Robinsons have spent about 60 years, feeding cattle and promoting beef. In 1960, Wayne started feeding steers at home and showing cattle at the Great Jones County Fair in 4-H and FFA. He joined the Cattlemen in the early 1970s.

     He served on the Cattlemen Board from 1984 to 1987, as well as on state boards. Donna served on the Jones County Cattlewomen and on state committees. Their daughter Kim was Beef Queen in 1988 and also a state beef princess. Son Randy and Kim showed cattle throughout their 4-H years and are both still active in the cattle industry. Wayne’s parents, Casper and Geraline, were active in beef promotion as well.

     Wayne and his father built the first big grill for the Cattlemen from a fuel oil barrel cut in half. In the mid-1980s, they were instrumental in building the first big grill with wheels, which could grill up to 360 ribeye steaks to perfection at once. The grill was once used to cook 300 steaks for Chuck Long and the Detroit Lions football team.

     The Robinsons donated their time as 4-H leaders, on various 4-H committees, and both have been on the fair board. Last year, they contributed to the three semi loads of hay and supplies sent as flood relief from the Jones County Cattlemen to Nebraska beef producers.

     Receiving Al Lubben Memorial Scholarship Awards at the banquet were Abigail Welter of Cascade, $1,000; Autumn Kirby of Anamosa, $500; Clara Lynch of Cascade, $250; and Wyatt Lynch of Cascade, $250.

     Alex Steffen of Anamosa won the fourth annual Jones County Idol karaoke contest, receiving $500.

     Kole Weber of Monticello was honored as recipient of three bred heifers for the 2020 Cattlemen Heifer Program. Grace Lubben of Anamosa, the 2019 recipient, was on hand as well.

     Andy Petersen of WMT Radio served as Master of ceremonies.

     The Jones County Cattlemen also held their annual live auction, with Ivan Kurt serving as auctioneer. Ralph Hosch of the Cattlemen provided the invocation. A silent auction and door prize drawings were conducted as well.               

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