Winneshiek Co. Beef Banquet March 1
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Winneshiek Co. Beef Banquet March 1
The 2014 Winneshiek County Beef Banquet will be held Saturday, March 1, at The Oaks Steakhouse in Decorah. A dinner of beef tips with gravy will be served.
Following the dinner are silent and live scholarship auctions, presentation of award winners, and crowning of the 2014 Winneshiek County Beef royalty.
Following the banquet will be live comedians Bob Jay and Brian Prunty.
Megan Hageman is the lone youth competing for the title of Little Miss Cowgirl, while Brandi Hageman and Daiton Tietz are vying for Beef Queen.
Megan Hageman is the daughter of Mark and Tina Hageman of rural Fort Atkinson. She has one brother, Dylan, and a younger sister, Britney. She is a third-grader at CFS Catholic School.
Megan likes to work on the farm. She enjoys carrying pails and bringing hay and straw bales down to the barn. She waters calves, helps in the dairy portion of the farm, feeds young cattle, and the farm cats.
Megan also likes to help in the garden, watering flowers and helping to pull weeds. In school, she enjoys music and P.E. classes, as well as working on the computer.
She is a member of Dolphin Gymnastics II in Decorah and loves to run, hoping one day to be in cross country.
The Hageman farm operation raises both beef cattle and dairy animals. Corn, beans, and hay are also grown.
Brandi Hageman, is the 16-year-old daughter of Roy and Patty Hageman of rural Decorah. She is a junior at South Winneshiek High School, where is involved in softball, SODA, and National Honor Society. She is a member of the Prairie Shooting Stars 4-H Club where she serves as president. She a member of the Christian Family School of Religion and is a member St. Aloysius Youth Choir. She is employed at the CFS after-school program.
Her hobbies include sewing, being outside with her dog, playing softball, photography, babysitting, baking, and playing guitar.
After high school she plans to go to college and major in the medical and business field. The Hagemans family farm operation consists of buying steers and heifers at 600 lbs. and finishing them out to market weight. About 500 head of cattle are finished per year. The family also raises corn, alfalfa, and barley.
Daiton Tietz is the 17-year-old daughter of Galen and Melanie Tietz of Decorah. Tietz is a junior at Decorah High School where is active in the School to Farm program, Food and Fitness, FFA, Envirothon, and large-group speech. She is also active in 4-H, Senior Leadership Council, and a Sunday school teacher, and is a volunteer for the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa.
Tietz has received numerous awards, including academic honor roll, Greenhand and Chapter degrees, state Envirothon finalist, state FFA Creed Speaking finalist, All-State Radio Broadcasting, Little Miss Cowgirl 2008, Winneshiek County Cattlemen’s Opportunity grant recipent.
Daiton hobbies include working with animals, exhibiting livestock, being a volunteer, enjoying the outdoors, and gardening. She is employed at South Winneshiek Veterinary Clinic as a veterinary assistant. Her future plans are to go to Iowa State University and major in animal science.
The Tietz family owns and operates a cow/calf operation with 50 stock cows and feed out all their steers. Daiton’s family also raises 600 acres of corn, soybeans, and hay.