28th Annual Flint Hills Beef Fest
The 28th Annual Flint Hills Beef Fest of Emporia is planned for Aug. 22 to 24. This event is a celebration of the Kansas grass cattle industry. There are events for everyone in the family to enjoy.
Friday the festival begins with the Beef Fest Barbecue Cook-off contest. The state-sanctioned barbecue cook-off starts with check-in and inspection on Friday at 9 a.m. Judging will take place starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a Ranch Feed in the Anderson Building prior to the popular Ranch Rodeo and Businessman’s 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 Friday’s festivities are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under, which includes the Ranch Feed and the Ranch Rodeo.
The Ranch Horse competition is back again this year. This will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. in the arena. This year’s competition is part of the Mid-West Ranch Horse Association Series. Top placings will be eligible for the MRHA Finals. Cowboys are encouraged to enter horses to compete in this competition. There will be a $75 entry fee. A custom bit will be awarded to the top Open Horse, spurs to top puncher and a blanket to top JR horse. To enter, contact Dwight Bilyk at 913-349-2325 or Ryan Arndt 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 and 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. 23. Registration for the Pedal Tractor Pull begins at 9 a.m., and the pull will begin at 10 a.m.
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 hamburger feed at the fairgrounds. Come out and enjoy lunch on us while supplies last.
The Saturday evening banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. with the award’s ceremony followed by a complete steak dinner. The evening entertainment, Jay Hendren, America’s Funniest Farmer, will perform following the dinner. Then dance till midnight with Ricky Fugitt at the Bowyer Building beginning at 9 p.m. Dance only tickets are available this year for $15 each at the door. 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.
Don’t forget the popular Golf Tournament on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. For more information about this event, contact Scott Jones at 620-341-0240.
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, Aug. 22 to 24. 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.