The 60th Annual Winneshiek County Dairy Banquet will be held Saturday, April 1, at the Festina Community Center.
A meal by U2 BBQ will be served from 7 to 8 p.m., including beef brisket, baby reds, honey glazed carrots, strawberry fluff, brownies and ice cream. The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m., with DHIA awards, several individual awards and scholarships handed out, along with the crowning of this year’s royalty.
Tickets are available at the door the night of the banquet.
Kendra Elsbernd is the 16-year-old daughter of Peter and Kristi Elsbernd. She has one brother and two sisters, and her family milks 340 cows and sells their milk to Foremost Farms. They also raise 600 acres of corn and alfalfa.
She is a junior at South Winn High School where she participates in swimming, FFA, SODA, cheerleading, band/marching band and 4-H.
On the farm she likes to help her dad with the cows and work with the calves, whether it be vaccinations or just feeding them. She loves to play with her dog and run around with her. She enjoys seeing her chickens and seeing how many eggs they have. For fun she likes to swim, read, craft and knit. Her sponsor is South Winn Vet Clinic.
Little Miss Squirt candidates
Claire Elsbernd is the nine-year-old daughter of Jay and Leslie Elsbernd. She has two brothers and one sister, and her family milks 150 Holstein and mixed breed cows and sells their milk to Foremost Farms. They farm 600 acres of corn, beans and hay. Claire attends third grade at Notre Dame in Cresco. She takes piano lessons, serves at Mass and is on the summer swim team. She helps on the farm by feeding calves and watching gates. Her hobbies include reading, art/drawing, riding bike and going to the pool.
Emerson Wemark is the nine-year-old daughter of Eric and Darcy Wemark. She has two brothers and one sister, and her family milks 560 Holstein cows and sells their milk to Foremost Farms. They farm 1500 acres of corn, soybeans and hay. Emerson attends third grade at Carrie Lee in Decorah. She is a member of the Lincoln Leaders 4-H club, Iowa Junior Holstein Association, shows dairy at the fair, dances for Brenda’s School of Dance and participates in basketball, soccer and wrestling. She helps on the farm by feeding and moving calves and can often be found in pens that her “pet” cows are in. Her hobbies include playing with her favorite cow, Sprinkles, playing with her cats, drawing and riding bike.