As fall approaches, the Crook County Stock Growers Association (CCSGA) will once again sponsor the Annual Banquet and Auction at Ponderosa Ranch.
CCSGA has been offering the event for 20 years, and on Oct. 16, the evening will include a social hour and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction.
The meal is being prepared by John Giorgi and is provided by Central Oregon Ranch Supply and Bobbi Aldrich. Tickets are available by calling Brittney Wofford at 541-977-7641 or Holli Kingsbury at 541-410-2394 or can be purchased at the door the evening of the banquet. The purchase of the dinner includes the yearly membership for CCSGA.
There will be a happy hour before dinner and Rolling Spirits will be available for refreshments before dinner. The silent auction will take place during happy hour up until the dinner line begins. After dinner is served and participants are seated, the live auction will begin with auctioneer, Aaron Tanler.
"We have quite the array of things, so we should have a pretty good auction," commented Wofford, secretary for CCSGA.
The funds from the event go to a number of programs, including the Ranchers Feeding Kids Program, college scholarships, and further education of the beef industry, as well as policies supported by the National Cattleman's Association.
Some of the policies supported by the National Cattleman's Association include an assortment of topics on the table that are currently facing cattlemen in Oregon.
"If you, as a member, have a concern or matter needing assistance, we encourage you to get involved and let us help initiate policy to support and protect our livelihood," said Wofford.
The Ranchers Feeding Kids Program is made possible by local ranchers who donate beef to CCSGA, which are then butchered at Butcher Boys in Prineville.
"That meat goes directly to some of the schools here in Crook County," indicated Wofford.
She added that they get as many as six beefs donated each year.
"It's just pretty cool that some of the local ranchers are able to donate some grass-fed beef."
The 2021 Carcass of Merit Award winners will also be announced during the evening. 4-H youth and FFA youth who raise beef and subsequently have the animal dressed and prepared at local processing plants also receive a grade for the carcass. The results go into a spread sheet on cuts of meat, with prime, choice and select.
"There are several different things that go into the carcass grading," she added.
The first three youth who have the best scores of "prime" receive Carcass of Merit Awards from CCSGA. It includes a $500 scholarship and jacket, and the first-place youth presents their project and what they learned at the banquet.
The stock grower of the year includes a local rancher, which will be unveiled during the banquet.
"It's someone who has gone above and beyond as a cattleman and supports the community and is a wealth of knowledge. It's an outstanding stockman here in Crook County," pointed out Wofford.
Wofford concluded that the support of the community and local state memberships are vital for a sustainable and educated livestock industry.
2021 Annual Banquet and Auction, sponsored by the CCSGA
Saturday, Oct. 16
The Ponderosa Ranch: 8790 NW Campbell Ranch Road
4 to 8 p.m.
$15 per person, $30 per family of four
2022 membership dues for CCSGA included with price of dinner
Outside event, so dress for weather
For more information to pre-purchase dinner tickets, call Brittney Wofford at 541-977-7641 or Holli Kingsbury at 541-410-2394
Can also purchase tickets at the door night of the event
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