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Sweetheart Message October 2021

Happy September, everyone!
This past month has been filled with all kinds of firsts for me. Let’s start with my first trip to National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) convention! During my time at the convention, I was able to see a lot of familiar faces from our great state and chat with them about their time at the convention. I sat in on the Environmental Stewardship Award, where Blackbeard Ranch was recognized as the past 2019 recipient. On the second day, I made a stop by Greeley Hat Works to get fitted for my custom hat! Mr. Trent was so gracious to sponsor a hat for me in honor of my reign. Lastly, I went to the Grand Ole Opry to celebrate and commemorate all of the accomplishments that NCBA has had. This was a night to let all the ranchers celebrate and enjoy a lovely evening at the Opry.
After my fun-filled week in Nashville, I started my first week of college here at the University of Florida. It felt so good to be back on campus, in person, and with other students! Here at UF, there are many clubs that you can get involved in, and knowing me, I wanted to get involved with any club cattlemen-related. So, my roommate and I attended the first Gator Collegiate Cattlewomen’s (GCCW) meeting. The room was packed with ladies who all had a passion or interest in the beef industry. It was great to see all women coming together to plan events to highlight and honor our precious industry. Speaking of my roommate, you can meet her and see us cook one of our favorite meals together on Instagram live.
On August 28th, the Florida Cattlewomen held their annual Beef Short Course at Fenco Farms. Ladies from all over the state who came to listen to Dr.Thrift share his knowledge on calving ease and how to give injections. Right after the Short Course, I made my way back down to Manatee County to attend their end-of-the-year 4-H banquet. Mr. Chris Quattlebaum is on the 4-H Foundation board, a club leader, and the recipient of the $250 beef gift certificate. This was one of the prizes that were raffled off at the FCA convention. Mr. Quattlebaum was gracious enough to use that gift card to purchase the beef for the banquet. It was an honor to be back in my hometown, celebrate the 4-H members, and, best of all, eat beef for supper!
Well, that is all I have to report this month. Again, my goal this year is to share our #Floridabeef500 story with everyone we can.  So, If you have a cowboy or cowgirl in mind that would love to share their #Floridabeef500 story with me, feel free to contact me below! Don’t don’t forget to use our hashtags: #Floridabeef500 and
Stay safe, and God Bless
Elanie Mason
941-545-1216 emason518@aol.com
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