The Macon County Cattlemen will host its 14th Annual Youth Scholarship Banquet on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. The prime rib dinner will be held at the Macon County Expo Center in Macon.

Northeast Missouri businesses, individuals, and organizations will attend this year’s banquet to help raise funds to benefit local youth involved in the beef industry through scholarships and other financial assistance.

Member Aaron Baker explains, “With the money we have been able to raise with the help of local supporters, we have awarded 190 scholarships, totaling more than $113,150 in awards to local high school seniors and current college students. The organization has also helped sponsor a barbecue at the county fair and assisted with several other youth events through the year.”

In 2014, the Cattlemen plan to provide at least $5,000 in scholarships to local youth in addition to funding other youth-orientated activities in Macon County.

Baker also added the continued success of the banquet is due to the enthusiasm of local cattlemen, businesses, and individuals who participate in the auctions, raffle, and other fundraising at the event.  “It doesn’t matter if the people attending are directly involved with agriculture, they are always willing to raise money for the kids and have a good time while doing so.”

Over one-hundred items will be raffled or auctioned for both youth and adults.  A year ago, more than 90 Macon County area merchants again helped sponsor this event that grossed more than $15,000. The Cattlemen are hoping to exceed last year’s record-setting attendance and fundraising efforts.

“We hope this year’s prime rib menu and continued growth in interest will bring at least 300 folks out again this year,” said Baker.

A Texas Hold’em Tournament will follow the steak dinner and short program.

Advanced tickets and raffle tickets are available at Lolli Livestock Market or from any member of the Macon County Cattlemen’s Association.  You may also call Frankie Lolli at (660) 385-2516.