The Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association’s 11th annual Cattlemen’s Ball will be held March 31 at the Woodward Elks Lodge.

And for the 11th year in a row, the Woodward band Borderline will provide the music for the ball, said Marlin Trissel, co-chair for the ball.

From the country-western sound of the band to the steak dinner, this ball is being done Oklahoma style.

The meal will begin at 6 p.m., said Jay Bogdahn, the second co-chair for the ball, and the fun will go from there.

He said besides dinner and dancing, the event will also provide both a silent and a live auction.

Items up for auction include several pieces of Western art and home decor, guns, jewelry and more, he said. There will also be several centennial items, he said, including limited edition centennial coins and posters by Jeff Dodd, who painted murals at the capitol.

Irwin Auto Company has also provided a trip to Dallas/Ft. Worth NASCAR races to be put up for auction, and Bogdahn said they are working on a trip to the Professional Bull Riders show in Las Vegas.

He said tickets cost $35, but could possibly be worth $1,000. The tickets will be entered into a grand prize drawing, which Bogdahn said has in the past been for a $1,000 prize.

But, he said, tickets are limited due to space restrictions at the Elks Lodge. There are only 250 tickets, he said, so it’s first come, first serve.

“We usually sell out,” Bogdahn said.

He is not expecting this year to be any different, especially since the cattle market is doing so well.

Bogdahn described the ball as “a lot of fun while raising money for a very worthy cause.”

Money raised from ticket sales and the auctions will fund the scholarships provided by the Northwest Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association each year.

So far the association has given out $86,000 in scholarships, $12,000 of which was given out last year to 12 scholarship winners, Bogdahn said.

He said they are hoping to award at least another 12 scholarships this year.

But the number of scholarships awarded depends upon how much money is raised at the ball, Trissel said.

“The more money we raise, the more we can give out,” he said.

Terry Nelson, who oversees the scholarships, said the application is available on line at

http://countyext.okstate.edu/woodward. He said both graduating seniors or current college students may apply.

Bogdahn extended an invitation to the ball to anyone in the community “who wants to come out and have a good time and help raise money for scholarships.”

However, he urged that those interested in purchasing tickets act quickly.

For more information about the ball or how to obtain tickets, you may contact Bogdahn at 216-3487 or Trissel at 334-7330. For more information about the scholarships, you may contact Nelson at 254-3391.

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