Livestock Spring Banquet Feb. 23 at Aberdeen Ramada

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Two speakers meant to entertain and inform will be featured at the North Central Livestock Association 46th Annual Spring Banquet. The event will be Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ramada Inn in Aberdeen. The social time begins at 6 p.m. with the banquet at 7 p.m. It is open to all city and country folk interested in agriculture. Tickets are available at the door for $25. For more information, call Corey Eberhart at 281-1242.

According to his biography, Toby Kid of Odgen, Iowa was a preemie born on Christmas day, right there at home. His folks couldn’t get him to the hospital and into an incubator, so they just put him in a crock pot. They almost named him Stew. However he was dubbed Toby and so the saga began.

Several years later he became several years older but was destined to always be the youngest of nine Iowa farm boys, Toby’s first thespian experience was in a Cub Scout skit, he was the bear in the lead role. Next, utilizing basics from high school speech and drama along with the grace of a football lineman, he threw in some juggling and magic.

Toby was off. To Europe, that is. The European street acts greatly influenced Toby’s style of mirth making and served as a training ground for his quick wit. “Trying to make the British laugh is like trying to catch a skunk without getting stinky,” says Toby about his time over there.

Returning to the states, Toby immediately started carving a comedic niche for himself. Toby performed with the great B.B. King and also Garth Brooks. “Keeping it clean” while making people laugh has given him the opportunity to perform for large corporate functions, major athletic events and for smaller groups like local associations, high schools and the FFA.

The second speaker for the evening will be Amanda Radke, cattle producer from Mitchell and freelance writer for BEEF Magazine, will be giving a state-of-the-industry address, focusing on hot topics pertaining to the beef business.

From evaluating the results of the Dodge Ram Super Bowl commercial to discussing political activity that impacts farmers and ranchers, attendees will leave informed on the issues outside their pasture gates and inspired to go home and do something about it. Radke will also be signing copies of her children’s book, “Levi’s Lost Calf.”