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Members of the Lewis and Marion County Cattlemen’s Association are raising money for local scholarships and are offering several ways to help support youth in agriculture.  The association is hosting a Cattlemen’s Banquet on Saturday, February 20, at the American Legion building in Palmyra.  The banquet will feature a complete steak dinner for only $25 per person and $8 per child (12 and younger). Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, this year’s banquet will be a meal-only event with limited indoor dining.  Carry-out as well as curbside pick-up will be available throughout the evening.  

Reservations are due by February 12 and are required for all meal options.  Reservations can be made at https://tinyurl.com/yyawu9jv or call the University of Missouri Extension Office in Lewis County at 573-767-5273.  

Dine-in hours are 5 to 5:45; 6 to 6:45; 7 to 7:45 and 8 to 8:45 p.m.  In addition to a great meal, this year’s auction will be a timed, online event hosted by Sullivan Auctioneers.

“The Cattlemen’s Banquet is an opportunity for cattle producers and friends of the industry to enjoy a great meal- all while supporting scholarships for local students,” said Dan McCutchan, president of the Lewis and Marion County Cattlemen’s Association. “We encourage everyone in the area to dine in or take a meal to go, regardless of their involvement in the cattle industry,” McCutchan continued.

Money raised at the banquet will help fund scholarships for local students with an interest in agriculture. Students may apply for the local scholarships by completing an application for the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation (MCF) scholarship program. Scholarships totaling $38,500 will be awarded to 36 local students for the 2021 academic year, which includes five special scholarships of $1,500 each in memory of Josh Houchins, Denton Nall, Troy Disselhorst, Ralph Griesbaum and Bob Richter. These local scholarships offered by Lewis and Marion County Cattlemen are in addition to twenty-five scholarships awarded statewide by MCF. Applications for next year’s scholarships will be available in July from county cattlemen’s associations, extension offices, and FFA advisors and are due in September.

For more information on the Cattlemen’s Banquet, contact Ken Disselhorst, event chair, at (573) 822-3850.  Scholarship applications for next year may be obtained by contacting the Missouri’s Cattlemen Foundation at (573) 499-9162.