West Virginia Beef Expo set

Sarah Elizabeth Page, the 2014 West Virginia Beef Queen, and the Beef Expo planning committee invites the public to the 24th annual West Virginia Beef Expo April 10-12 at Jackson’s Mill.

Page was selected by a panel of judges as the 2014 Beef Queen during the recent West Virginia Cattlemen’s Convention in Morgantown. She is the daughter of Howard and Vera Page of Burlington representing Mineral County. She is a junior at Keyser High School where she is secretary of the Mineral County FFA and a member of the livestock and quiz bowl teams. She is also president of her 4-H club, secretary of the West Virginia Junior Angus Association and co-manager of the Family farm. She was a member of the first place team at the 2013 Stockman’s Judging Contest.

She will reign during the 24th West Virginia Beef Expo April 10-12 and during the year she will represent West Virginia and the Beef Industry Council by promoting beef at various events. Crowning of the new queen will be April 10 by the retiring Queen Jennifer Friend of Braxton County.

This year’s Expo promises to be an excellent event for producers, suppliers, consumers, juniors and others involved in the beef


Forty-plus firms will have their products on display and be willing to discuss their applications on West Virginia beef farms. More than 200 head of Limousin, Polled Hereford, Red Anus, Simmental, Angus, Charolais and Gelbvieh cattle will be on display and offered for sale beginning at 9:30 a.m. April 12.

Events scheduled for April 11, will be Stockman’s Judging Contest, a competition which rests overall knowledge about the beef industry; the Beef Ambassador Contest, a competition of a 5-8 minutes talk; a Youth Beef Cook-off, photo contest and cattle shows. Everyone is invited to the all-breeds banquet the evening of April 11 featuring Smittn’ Image. Tickets for the banquet are available from the West Virginia Cattlemen’s office by calling 304-472-4020 and need to be reserved by April 1.

The West Virginia Beef Expo is a marketing and educational event operating for the purpose of promoting quality breeding cattle for the advancement of the industry.

The expo is a showcase of cooperative efforts of the West Virginia breed organizations, West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association, West Virginia Cattle Women, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, West Virginia University College of Agriculture and Forestry and the WVU Cooperative Extension Service.

Members of the above breed associations or the West Virginia Cattlemen’s Association will be receiving a program booklet soon. Others wishing more information may call the West Virginia Beef Expo at 304-472-420 or the local extension office.