Royalty named, awards presented at Dairy Banquet

The Jones County Dairy Banquet was held Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Berndes Center. Royalty honored at the banquet includes, first row from left: Aiden Ulferts, 2018 Little Sir Dairyman; Sydney Sparks, 2018 Little Miss Squirt; Drew Ricklefs, 2017 Little Sir Dairyman; and Kylie McElmeel, 2017 Little Miss Squirt. Second row: Grace Gadient, Jones County Dairy Princess for 2017 and 2018; and Iowa Dairy Princess Rachel Grober of Ionia, Iowa. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Representing Jones County dairy herds that surpassed state averages, first row from left: Ashley Moyer, Coonridge Holsteins; Abby Fairbanks and Samantha Fairbanks (representing Doug and Jodi Fairbanks); and Lilly Stoll, Stoll Farms, Inc. Second row: Kevin Steiner and Matt Stoll. Not pictured are Jim and Judy Heims.

During the Two Blondes Mentalism and Hypnosis Show, AnnaRose Anderson (left, with microphone) leads hypnotized participants in an Irish dance.

Receiving the Golden Butter Knife Award are Mike and Rhonda Bachman of The Cone Shoppe.

Receiving the Friend of the Dairyman Award are Lisa and Jerry Hunt of Savor the Barn.

Marcus Ulferts, president of the Jones County Dairy Promotion Committee, speaks at the Dairy Banquet.

     A meal, the naming of royalty, awards and a hypnosis show were all part of the Jones County Dairy Banquet Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Berndes Center in Monticello.

     Jones County royalty for 2018 were recognized, including Jones County Dairy Princess Grace Gadient, who will serve for the second year; Little Miss Squirt Sydney Sparks, and Little Sir Dairyman Aiden Ulferts.

     Dairy producers were honored for having herds with production above state averages. The breed winners included Jim and Judy Heims, Ayrshire; Doug and Jodi Fairbanks, Brown Swiss, Holstein and Jersey; Coonridge Holsteins; Stoll Farms, Inc., Holstein; and Kevin Steiner, Holstein.

     The Golden Butter Knife Award went to Mike and Rhonda Bachman of The Cone Shoppe, and the Friend of the Dairyman Award was presented to Jerry and Lisa Hunt of Savor the Barn.

     Dinner was provided by Marilyn’s Catering and the Jones County Pork Producers. Deacon Ed Goldsmith provided an invocation, Robert Stoll gave the welcome and introductions, and Jones County Dairy Promotion Committee president Marcus Ulferts presented awards.

     Entertainment was provided by Kenda Summers and AnnaRose Anderson of the Two Blondes Mentalism & Hypnosis Show.


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