Organizers with the Newton County Livestock Sale Supporter’s Banquet wanted to say “thanks” to all of those who have helped over the years.


Organizers with the Newton County Livestock Sale Supporter’s Banquet wanted to say “thanks” to all of those who have helped over the years.

The banquet was held on Saturday at the Wright Center in the Farber Building at Crowder College.

Featuring a steak dinner and a guest speaker, around 100 people attended the event. Dr. Jerry Crownover, a former college professor of agricultural education at Missouri State University for 17 years, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about the importance of supporting the fair participants.

“Most of these people here are prospective buyers of the kids’ steers,” said Crownover, prior to his speech. “And what I am going to try to do is reinforce  — and most of them know how important showing livestock is to our farm kids, and what it can do for them.

“Kind of encourage them…the sheer importance of what showing livestock does for kids. Reinforce to these buyers, prospective buyers, on how much good does it for the kids. Be willing to bid them up a little bit for the welfare of the community, because I think those kids will stay around here in the community…. that they (kids) will be productive citizens.”

According to information provided by the Newton County Livestock Sale Committee, reasons for supporting the livestock sale include: to promote livestock projects within the 4-H and FFA programs; to encourage the members to build assets to improve their projects or build a college fund; to encourage the improvement of livestock management and marketing practices; to encourage the development of future leaders in the livestock industry; and the premium is deductible as a business expense.

Crownover lives in eastern Lawrence County. He taught high school vocational agriculture for five years right after he finished college, three of those were at Carthage.

“I went back to graduate school and got a doctorate and taught at Missouri State University for 17 years, training ag teachers,” he said. “I had always wanted to farm, so I did not retire, I quit 12 years ago at (Missouri State) then. Now, in addition to farming 150-200 cows, I also write a bi-monthly column that appears in newspapers and magazines here in Missouri, but I also have a contract with Farm Progress magazine. They are a state-wide publication in about 12 Midwestern states. I am also starting a radio program for farmers.”

He has also appeared many times on public television as an original Ozarks Storyteller and travels throughout the U.S., presenting both humorous and motivational talks to farm and youth groups.

During the buffet-style dinner, the FFA and 4-H students filled the plates of the guests with steak, baked potato, salad and bread. They also served tea or lemonade to their tables.

Newton County Fair participants Jadie Kennedy and John Paul Littlefield spoke about their involvement in the fair and the importance.

“I am pleased with the turnout, community and the speaker,” said Jared Kennedy, with the livestock committee. “I also thought that the two kids did a great job.”