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Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association to hold annual meeting and banquet on Feb. 10

A crowd fills the Elks Lodge for the annual banquet of the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association in 2023. This year’s banquet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10. (Bailey Duran/Special to The Journal)
The association is celebrating its 75th anniversary

On Saturday, Feb. 10 at the Cortez Elks Lodge, the Southwestern Colorado Livestock Association will hold its annual meeting.

In addition to holding their annual meeting, the Stockmen will celebrate their 75th anniversary by honoring members for their contribution to the association and community.

“Past presidents, directors and members will be recognized for their many hours of service dedicated to representing the livestock industry locally and at the state and national levels, providing educational seminars and supporting community and youth events,” the Colorado Livestock Association said in a statement.

To vote, members of the association need to have their $25 membership fee paid by the start of the meeting.

The meeting will take place until approximately 3 p.m., with the silent auction and annual banquet to follow in the evening.

Those interested in the Colorado Livestock Association’s meeting are welcome to attend the unofficial meeting portion, which begins at 9 a.m.

At 9 a.m., the association board and other attendees will hear reports from elected officials in the county and state, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Division of Wildlife and other organizations who wish to present to the board.

After the reports, the Southwestern Cowbelles/Cattlewomen will provide a potluck lunch at noon. Those who aren’t part of the board can be part of the luncheon after purchasing a meal ticket, according to Cowbelle Bunny McComb.

The business meeting and election of directors will take place at 1 p.m. which will be followed by the conclusion of the meeting around 3 p.m.

Starting at 3 p.m., the silent auction to benefit the scholarship fund will start, going throughout the banquet until 10 p.m.

According to Lynelle Brumley, the scholarship fund contributes to scholarships for youths in the region.

Last year, the silent auction included a menagerie of items from multiple local businesses that attendees could bid on, including local boutiques, stores, restaurants, services and more.

The banquet and steak dinner will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the presentation of awards to the Southwestern Cowbelle/Cattlewoman of the Year and Stockman of the Year.

The 70th anniversary Cowbelles quilt will also be raffled off before the end of the evening.

Once the awards have been given out, there will be a dance, with music from The Vanishing Breed band.

Tickets to the banquet are $45, and can be purchased from the Livestock Association Board members.

How to buy tickets

Tickets to the annual banquet can be purchased from the association’s board members. They are:

Jason Blackmer (970) 739-5577.

Zane Odell (970) 749-5476.

Wayne Rogers (970) 739-0682.

Drew Gordanier (970) 759-5392.

James Oliver (970) 739-6130.

Lynelle Brumley (970) 565-1972.

Joe Lanier (970) 560-2363.

Jonathan Patcheck (970) 759-4766.