American Angus Auxiliary extends invitation to Overland Park

Farm Forum

For more than 60 years, the American Angus Auxiliary has promoted the Angus breed and supported future leaders within its ranks. The volunteer organization is made up of Angus women from all over the country, and each year, the group comes together for events held in conjunction with the National Angus Convention & Trade Show.

“The American Angus Auxiliary is open to anyone who would like to be a member and has a passion for kids and Angus cattle,” says Auxiliary President Lynne Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan. “It’s an incredible group that shares camaraderie for the Angus breed, agriculture and scholarship support for our youth.”

The 2015 Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show takes place Nov. 3-5 in Overland Park, Kan. During the three-day event, the Auxiliary will host several activities to connect with new and old members alike.

American Angus Auxiliary members and anyone interested in learning more about the organization are encouraged to attend the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting, at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Overland Park Sheraton. Agenda items include electing new officers and announcing their new team of regional directors.

In addition, the Auxiliary’s Angus Gift Barn — featuring brand-new items for debut during the convention — will be on display throughout the week in the Overland Park Convention Center. Stop by to browse the latest Angus-inspired clothing, jewelry, kitchen items and much more.

The Auxiliary’s annual breakfast will take place at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Overland Park Sheraton, and honors Hinrichsen’s year of service to the organization, and the 2015 Miss American Angus Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind.

“The breakfast is a great morning for everyone to enjoy each other’s company, as well as have a delicious meal,” Hinrichsen says. “We will introduce candidates for Miss American Angus, and share a recap of the year’s highlights for the Auxiliary, the Association and the youth.”

The breakfast is on pace for a record-setting year, with a limited amount of tickets still available. Attendees can purchase a ticket when registering for the convention at

Miss American Angus

The Miss American Angus competition is one of the ways the Auxiliary prepares Angus youth to be leaders for the breed. A poised spokesperson for Angus cattle and the entire beef business, Miss American Angus serves a yearlong term filled with showring appearances, speeches and education.

Five young women will vie for the title of Miss American Angus and give speeches at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, in the Overland Park Convention Center, Courtyard Level. This year’s contestants are: Cassandra Garcia, Renton, Wash.; Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pa.; Katelyn Holmes, Benton, Iowa; Jera Pipkin, Republic, Mo.; and Jordyn Wagner, Billings, Mont.

The 2016 Miss American Angus will be crowned during Thursday’s Awards Recognition Breakfast in the Overland Park Convention Center Ballroom. Attendees can purchase tickets to the breakfast at when they register for the event.

A detailed schedule of events, lodging information and other key details for the Angus Means Business National Convention & Trade Show can also be found online in the official guide.