Guthrie County Cattlemen’s Association Celebrates 50 years
Every year, the Guthrie County Cattlemen’s Association holds its annual banquet, featuring fantastic food, a trophy auction and the crowning of the beef queen. However, this year marked a special milestone for the association. On January 27, GCCA members packed into the Guthrie County Fairgrounds Event Center to celebrate the organization’s 50th anniversary.
The evening began with a roast beef dinner, catered by Cabbage Rose owners Dave and Marlene Lake.
Following the meal, GCCA President Cale Kastner took the stage to welcome members and recognize all of the organization’s past presidents. In 50 years, the organization has had a total of 24 presidents. Thirteen were present at the event.
“If it weren’t for these guys, we wouldn’t have the things that we have today,” said Kastner. “For example, last year, the 4-H beef barn was finally built after 20-some years of planning. This is something that our presidents, directors and everyone in this room has been saving for and working for the last 20 plus years. These guys saw that it needed to be done, and I sure am proud to have finally made it happen.”
Next on the agenda was the crowning of the 2018 Beef Queen. Makenna Woodvine, 2017 Beef Queen, and Maggie Vogl, 2017 Beef Princess, each shared a few thoughts on their royalty experiences over the past year.
“It was a very busy, fun-filled year - filled with adventures, parades and lots of waving and posing for pictures. One of the highlights of my year was being able to represent the ribbon cutting of the new small animal barn and the new cattle barn here at the Guthrie County Fairgrounds,” said Woodvine. “I love this county and this industry, and it has been such an honor.”
Paige Caltrider, a junior at AC/GC High School, was then crowned as the 2018 Beef Queen. Chelsea Larsen, also a junior at AC/GC High School, was named the 2018 Beef Princess.
The night concluded with the annual trophy auction, hosted by Laughery Auction, a drawing for door prizes and entertainment by hypnotist Randy Andrews.
Members of the Cattlemen’s Association thanked everyone who has worked to make the organization what it is today and encourages its members to keep looking toward the future.
“The board of directors, the past presidents, queens and everyone else has worked hard to do what we’ve done,” said Kastner. “We’ve come a long ways, and we couldn’t do anything we’ve done without everybody that is here.”