The All-American Dairy Show will host the 2013 National Dairy Shrine Banquet and annual meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebration at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg.
Banquet tickets are available for $30 by contacting
National Dairy Shrine Executive Director Dr. David Selner at [email protected] or 920-863-6333. A limited number of tickets will be available at the All-American Dairy Show office through Tuesday, Sept. 10.
The annual meeting begins at 4:30 p.m. in the complex’s Commonwealth Room, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. in the PA Preferred™ Banquet Hall.
“It is an incredible honor to host this prestigious event here in Harrisburg,” said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Adding to the excitement, several of our All-American Dairy Show supporters and fellow Pennsylvanians will be recognized during the event.”
“National Dairy Shrine consists of 18,000 members including dairy producers, industry representatives and educators preserving our dairy heritage while growing and advancing the industry,” said Dale Olver, National Dairy Shrine president and Penn State University dairy and animal science instructor.
“We look forward to recognizing past and present dairy leaders and awarding scholarships to dairy youth from across the nation.”
Robert Heilman, Richmond, Va., All-American Dairy Show board member and chair of the All-American Dairy Foundation, is one of this year’s five Pioneer Award winners. He was instrumental in establishing international embryo export opportunities to add value to United States cattle breeders’ businesses.
Berneta Gable, New Enterprise, Bedford County, is the Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder, the highest honor awarded by National Dairy Shrine to a breeder. Also one of the All-American Dairy Show’s six 50-year exhibitors, Gable’s family is known internationally for its outstanding Snider Homestead Guernsey genetics.
Ryan Clark of Tyrone, Blair County, will receive the Graduate Production Award that encourages young dairy producers to develop and expand their herds after college graduation.
National Dairy Shrine annually provides more than $40,000 in awards and scholarships for two- and four-year college students and leading young dairy producers. Roxanne Seltzer of Selinsgrove, Snyder County, is a Virginia Tech student and one of nine to receive the National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management Inc. scholarships. Penn State student Hannah Bachman, of Ulysses, Potter County, is one of two Klussendorf Association Scholarship Award winners.
Honorees will be inducted into the Dairy Hall of Fame in the National Dairy Shrine Museum located in Fort Atkinson, Wis.
The All-American Dairy Show features 22 shows in six days in addition to the nation’s only all-dairy antiques show. Last year’s event featured nearly 2,500 animals and more than 900 exhibitors from across the nation.
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