SUGARCREEK -- Danielle Perko, a 16-year old Buckeye Career Center junior, was crowned 2013 beef queen at the 23rd annual Tuscarawas County Cattle Association (TCCA) banquet and meeting,
The event took place Monday, Feb. 11 in Dutch Valley Restaurant at Sugarcreek. Entertainment was by Coleman Family Bluegrass.
She is a daughter of Amanda and George Radich of Bowerston. Her attendant, Barbi Boyd, is a daughter of Juli and Danny Boyd of Mineral City. The new queen has been a member of Stillwater Clover Harvesters 4-H Club for three years. She has taken beef feeder calf, market lamb, market steer and market hog projects.
Danielle is involved in FFA at Buckeye, where she is enrolled in the Natural Resources program. She is also a post-secondary student at Kent State University.
"I enjoy being outdoors-fishing and hunting, and spending time with my family and friends," Danielle said.
Barbi Boyd, a Tuscarawas Valley Middle School eight grader, will serve as Danielle's attendant. She is a six-year member of Atwood Lakers 4-H Club. Among her 4-H projects are market rabbits, broilers, market steers, market lambs, fancy chickens, and pygmy goats.
"I enjoy being outdoors, especially working with my animals and horseback riding," Barbi commented.
Kameron Wise, 18-year old daughter of Todd and Stacee Wise of Stone Creek, the 2012 TCCA queen, reviewed some of the experiences she has had during her year as queen. She is currently a senior at New Philadelphia High School.
She has been a member of Crooked Run 4-H Club for 10 years and has taken market steer and beef breeding projects. In addition, Kameron is a member of the All-Ohio State Fair
Youth Choir, serves as 4-H camp counselor and is a member of the 4-H Food and Fashion Board. She is a member of the Ragersville Zion United Church of Christ and is active in its youth group.
Michelle Evans was in charge of the queen contest.
Donnie Himes, Kriss Raber, Dean Prysi, Doyle Shoup, and Mark Lewis were elected to the board of directors for a two-year term. They will join five other directors, Jerry Prysi, Fred Tuerler, Guy Zeigler, Kevin Hinds, and Justin Specht, whose terms expire in 2014.
Jerry Prysi is president of the board, Fred Tuerler, vice president, Kriss Raber, secretary, and Donnie Himes, treasurer.
Treasurer Donnie Himes reported total sales from the beef trailer in 2012 included 11,778 sandwiches, 7,815 beverages, and 8,364 slices of cheese.
During the 2012 Tuscarawas County Fair, a total of 8,024 sandwiches, 5,636 beverages and 4,687 slices of cheese were sold.
The treasurer also noted that the cattle association is proud to be able to provide a total of $ 5,400 in scholarships for the Tuscarawas County youth who are studying in the field of agriculture. The Neil Fry Scholarship Fund currently amounts to $ 1,700.
In addition, the association donated $2,070 to the Forest Heritage Festival, which supports Akron Children's Hospital.
Chris Zoller, Tuscarawas County Extension educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, gave information on several up-coming agricultural events, including a free seminar entitled "Spring Thaw-Growing the Next Generation" March 20 at Alliance where he is one of the speakers.
Other future events include a Risk Management Seminar on March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dutch Valley Restaurant, and a Pastures for Profit Grazing School starting March 14 at Buckeye Career Center.
President Jerry Prysi welcomed guests, and Robett Machan, area beef farmer, asked the invocation for the family-style dinner.
Machan also asked for a moment of silence in memory of two long time, dedicated, members, Neil Fry and Ken Shaw, who passed away during the past year.