The National Cattlemen's Beef Association Friday announced the selection of 11-year-old Rylee Werth of Kansas to sing the National Anthem at the 2014 National Cattlemen's Beef Association Cattle Industry Convention.
Werth will sing during the Opening General Session Tuesday, Feb. 4 and at the Grand Ole Opry House during the Cowboy's Night at the Opry II.
Werth was selected as part of NCBA's first National Anthem singing contest. More than 16,000 votes were cast through Facebook and www.beefusa.org to decide the winner.
Werth's family has a 400-head, cow/calf operation in conjunction with a feedlot on the family farm. Actively involved in showing cattle at the local and national level, Werth hopes to continue her involvement by one day showing at the American Royal and National Western Stock Show.
"Congratulations to Rylee, her talent is outstanding," said Scott George, NCBA president. "We knew our anthem contest was going to attract some great talent, but the number of votes collected was impressive. This convention is on pace to be one of the largest ever, and we hope cattlemen and women nationwide will join us for the events, education and grass-roots policy process."
As the inaugural winner to the National Anthem Singing Contest, Werth will receive round-trip airfare for two to Nashville, a hotel room for three nights at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, free registration for two to the convention, and western wear from Roper and Stetson.
More information about the conference can be found at www.beefusa.org. The deadline for early registration and a discounted price is Jan. 10, 2014.