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Numerous activities planned for 23rd Annual Flint Hills Beef Fest


The 23rd Annual Flint Hills Beef Fest of Emporia is planned for Aug. 14 to 16. This event is a celebration of the Kansas grass cattle industry. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Aug. 14 the festival begins with the Beef Fest Blues and Barbecue Cook-off contest. Contestants can enter in one or all six categories; beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, pork butt, miscellaneous beef and sausage. Check in begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $35 per category or $150 for all six categories. Total prize money of $6,000 and ribbons. For entry forms and rules call Gail at 620-344-3363, fullerfarms@hotmail.com or Joe at 620-343-0538, cableku@cableone.net Live music will be provided on Aug. 14 evening beginning at approximately 8 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a ranch feed in the Anderson Building prior to the popular Ranch Rodeo and Businessman Mugging. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m., in the Lyon County Fairgrounds arena. The top teams that have placed in ranch rodeos from surrounding counties will compete for regional ranch rodeo honors. Teams of four businessmen compete to see which team can mug a steer to the ground in the fastest time. Come and cheer your teams on. Tickets for festivities Aug. 14 are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under which includes the ranch feed and the ranch rodeo.

Events Aug. 15 begin with the judging of the cattle that were entered in the Grass Futurity. Cattlemen have opportunities to enter steers and heifers in several different contests to compete for nearly $15,000 in cash awards. The Grass Futurity is the first contest which began in April. These cattle will be judged on the total pounds gained while they were on grass from April through August. This judging event will take place Aug. 15 at 9 a.m. at the Emporia Livestock Sale Barn. The public is invited to come and enter the judging contest. Contestants with the closest guess to the judge's top five selections will win the contest. Winners will be recognized at the Aug. 15 awards banquet.

The cattle that were entered in the Futurity can also be entered in the following contests: Stocker Cattle Show; Best of Grass and Show; Feedlot Contest and Carcass Contest allowing more chances for cash prizes. The top five pens in the two different divisions, steer and heifer, will be eligible for cash awards. Awards will be given in both divisions in each contest and will be awarded as such: 1st Place receives $700 and a plaque, 2nd place receives $450, 3rd place receives $300, 4th place $150, 5th place $125.

The Ranch Horse competition is back again this year. This will be held on Aug. 15 beginning at 10 a.m., in the arena. Cowboys are encouraged to enter horses to compete in this competition. Horses will be required to do simple reining patterns including boxing a cow at the end of the pen, take cow down fence and turn back twice, rope and drag 20 feet. Call Ryan at 620-341-0721 for more information.

A Pedal Tractor Pull will be open to children ages 4 through 12 (contestants cannot be 13 by the first week of September). Prizes will be awarded to each winner for 1st, 2nd, 3rd places in each age group. Anyone placing 1st and 2nd will be qualified to pull at the State Fair in Hutchinson. This will be held on Aug. 15, south of the Anderson Building. Registration for the Pedal Tractor Pull begins at 10 a.m., pull will begin at 11 a.m.

The Cow Chip Toss and Catch will begin at 1 p.m., Aug. 15, at the southeast edge of the fairgrounds. Adult and youth teams will pair up to see who can catch the most cow chips. One person will throw while the other catches. Simple, exciting and fun. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

The famous pony wagon rides will return again this year. Bring the whole family out to take a ride around the fairgrounds. These rides are free and will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Don't forget about the free hamburgers. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will again have a free hamburger feed at the fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy lunch on us while supplies last.

The Aug. 15 evening banquet begins at 5:30 p.m., with the award's ceremony followed by a complete steak dinner. The evening entertainment, comedy stage hypnotist, Erick Kand will perform following the dinner. Then dance till midnight with music from the Old Skool band. This is an evening you won't want to miss. Buy your tickets now before it's too late. An entire evening planned out for you in one location, dinner, entertainment, drinks and dancing all for only $30 each. Tickets can be ordered by calling 620-528-3444 or make check payable to Flint Hills Beef Fest and mail it to P.O. Box 1326, Emporia, KS 66801.

Team roping will begin at 10 a.m., Aug. 16 in the rodeo arena. The roping will be a #10 and #13. The roping will be a four for $40 progressive. There will be a saddle fee. Saddle will be awarded to the top money header or heeler of the day. Statements made the day of the roping take precedence over printed material. For further information call 620-341-0984, 620-437-7244 or 620-437-2215. In case of rain this will be moved to Hatcher Arena.

Don't forget the popular Golf Tournament on Aug. 16 at 8:30 a.m., at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. For more information about this event, contact Mike Utech at 620-342-0138.

As you can see, there is definitely something for everyone. Plan on attending this year's Flint Hills Beef Fest at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Emporia, Kansas on Aug. 14 to 16. Flint Hills Beef Fest Inc., sponsors this event. To enter contests, receive more information, buy tickets, or receive a brochure with the complete schedule of events, please call 620-528-3444. Visit our website at www.beeffest.com.

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