Northeast Nebraska Ag Banquet tickets go on sale May 2

MADISON — Tickets will go on sale Monday, May 2, for the second annual Northeast Nebraska Ag Banquet planned to be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds in Madison on Thursday, June 23.

The event, which begins at 5:30 p.m., will include a ribeye steak meal, musical entertainment by the Outback Band and award presentations. The theme is “Uniting the Agricultural & Business Communities.”

The co-hosts are the Norfolk and Madison Area Chambers of Commerce. Tickets can be purchased from either office.

“One of the goals of the Ag Banquet is to promote today & tomorrow’s agriculture & its importance to the northeast Nebraska economy.  A few ways we do this is through awarding youth scholarships, recognizing ag business leaders who help support our communities, and more importantly, recognizing and honoring our hard-working farmers & farm families that make up the backbone of the state of Nebraska,” said Chanda Goedken, chairwoman of the Agri-Business Council of the Norfolk Chamber.

“Another major goal is to raise money & awareness for the event. All proceeds will be used to grow and expand not only the event itself, but also growing the scholarships given out to our future ag leaders.  Our goal is to continue to increase the amount of scholarship dollars as well as the quantity of scholarships given out,” she said.

The Ag Appreciation event targets Madison, Antelope, Wayne, Pierce, Stanton and Boone counties, as well as northern Platte County. The event is open to the public.

Four $750 Northeast Nebraska Ag Community (post-secondary) scholarships will be awarded this year. Scholarship details have been sent to high school guidance counselors in the seven counties.

Applicants must be a high school senior and residing in one of the seven targeted counties to apply. The application deadline is May 1, 2016, to the Madison or Norfolk Chamber office.

Applications can be found on the Norfolk Chamber website at www.norfolkareachamber.com or the Madison Chamber website at madisonchamber@telebeep.com.

Applications can also be picked up at either office.

Also recognized at the banquet will be a Farm Family of the Year and an Ag-Business of the Year. Nominees must be from the seven targeted counties.

Nomination forms are available at the Norfolk and Madison Chambers of Commerce offices, as well as online at the Chamber websites. The application deadline is May 13.

Members of the Norfolk and Madison Chambers of Commerce are soliciting businesses and individuals in the targeted seven-county area to be event/scholarship fund sponsors.

Tickets are $30 for adults and children age 6 and older if purchased before June 11. Tickets will be $35 after that date. Children age 5 and younger will be admitted at no charge.

For more information, contact Jeny Albin with the Norfolk Chamber at 402-371-4862 or jalbin@norfolkareachamber.com, or Gina Eisenmenger with the Madison Chamber at 402-454-2251 or madisonchamber@telebeep.com.