A snow and ice storm on Saturday, Feb. 24 would not deter attendees or bidders from heading to the joint banquet of the Audubon County Cattlemen and Pork Producers, as this year’s event broke attendance and fundraising records.
Shane Lange, treasurer of the Audubon County Cattlemen said, “The weather was not ideal, but we had one of our largest turn outs ever. We also set a new record for the amount of money raised with our auction The generosity of the community was outstanding.”
The money raised helps to fund the various projects of the two groups along with providing additional premium money for all swine and beef exhibitors participating in the Audubon County Fair, as well as scholarships. During Saturday night’s event the Cattlemen presented scholarships to David Graeve, Taylor Sauers, Nolan Smith, Rachel Mosinski and McKenna Nielsen. The Pork Producers award their scholarships during school Class Night’s, held in May.
The auction, led by Wayne Hansen of Elk Horn and Will Epperly, who finished second runner up at the 2017 World Auctioneering Competition was a highlight of the evening, bringing in a record $31,000.
Trophies for both the beef and swine shows at the Audubon County Fair were part of the auction, in addition to custom ball caps and two pieces of artwork created by My Way Designs in Audubon, including a special piece commemorating this year’s Governor’s Charity Steer Show participant, “Muff” owned by the Scott Alt family.
Andy VanAernam, of the Audubon County Cattlemen served as emcee for the event. VanAernam noted, “Getting Muff to the Governor’s show was probably one of the greatest projects we, as the Cattlemen, have ever been part of. Short and Stacie at My Way Designs created a beautiful piece of artwork that honors Muff and the Alt family and we couldn’t be more proud to have it be part of the auction.”
The piece was purchased for $2,200 by Stevens Ag, Jon and Mary Lou Stevens.
Local musicians Blake Asberry and Lucas Petersen of The First name Band provided entertainment for the evening, while Jan’s Catering was in charge of the prime rib and pork loin meal. A silent auction also helped bolster the money raised during the event.
Those purchasing auction items included: Beef trophies-Waspy’s, My Way Designs, T-Bone Committee, Audubon State Bank, Wahlert Soil Conservation, Landmand’s Bank, AMVC Veterinary Clinic, Community Insurance, Massena Livestock, Asberry Trucking, Herbers Seed and Consulting, and SR Hoyle Trucking. Pork trophies-Waspy’s, Landmand’s Insurance, Alt Boys Show Pigs, AMVC Nutritional Services, Asberry Trucking, Audubon State Bank, Wahlert Soil Conservation, AMVC Management and AMVC Veterinary Clinic. Hats and art work- Stevens Ag, Dan Madsen, Nishna valley Farms, Creston Vet Clinic, Christensen Consulting, Brinkman Ag, Waspy’s and Brad And Sue Essick.
Those purchasing hats were put into a drawing to win a $350 prize package from Prairie Meadows. The winner was Tim Nelson, Creston Vet Clinic. Those purchasing a beef trophy were entered into a drawing for a steak dinner for 20 people. Massena Livestock was the winner of the steak feed.
Lange added, “We really can’t say enough about the tremendous support we had at this year’s banquet and auction. Each year it just gets bigger and better! The community support we get allows us to continue to give back to Audubon County, so don’t forget to contact either the Audubon County Cattlemen or Audubon County Pork Producers if you have an upcoming event that we could help with. We hope to see more of you in 2019!”