Annual MSCA steak dinner to kick off


The 75th Annual Madisonville Sidewalk Cattleman’s Association Steak Dinner was the high-water mark for attendance, and organizers hope to top that at this year’s dinner.

Wes Hammit, president of the MSCA, said there were 755 people at last year’s dinner, more people than they’ve ever had, and this year the group’s ticket sales show they’re fast approaching that number.

“Even with a down economy, we’re going to have a lot of people show up and have a good time,” he said.

Entertainment for this year will be Blackhawk, which had a string of hits in the 1990s, including “Every Once In A While,” “Goodbye Says It All” and “I Sure Can Smell the Rain.”

Hammit said out-of-town people will be attending the show because of the talent, which is unusual for the steak dinner.

The dinner is the chief fundraiser for the organization’s scholarship funds, which goes to help seven students.

“Last year, we gave out $7,000 in scholarship funds,” Hammit said. “We give away five scholarships normally, but this year, we want to make sure we serve the kids of Madison County, and we will adding North Zulch students.”