Santa Cruz County Cowbelles enjoy music by Bruce Andre during the 75th anniversary celebration at the Patagonia Museum. Photography by Linda Vensel

Karen Bond, President of the Santa Cruz Cowbelles, welcomed guests to a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Santa Cruz County Cowbelles, held Oct. 22 at the Patagonia Museum. Guests at the party included AZ State Cowbelle Secretary Trina Sue Riggs. Live music was provided by Bruce Andre. 

The Santa Cruz County Cowbelles is comprised of two clubs, Elgin Sonoita Cowbelles, and Tubac Amado. Both clubs work to promote the beef industry and to raise money for scholarships for local students. They share responsibility for a booth at the County Fair, and each club raises money through such projects as raffles and selling merchandise. The Elgin Sonoita club will have a booth at the upcoming Empire Ranch Cowboy Festival. 

Vera Earl Premium Beef and Vera Earl Ranch, of Sonoita, were thanked for their donation of 100 lbs. of their locally grown beef for the Cowbelles’ raffle, as well as providing beef sticks for the anniversary party.