The U.S. Premium Beef Cattlemen's Ball will be held Friday, June 16, in Garden City, KS, in conjunction with the Beef Empire Steer Trial (BEST).

The annual event began Feb. 12, with the delivery of 87 steers to Beefland Feed Yard, south of Garden City. The steer trial concludes with the harvesting of the animals and distribution of the scientific data in early July.

The U.S. Premium Beef Cattlemen's Ball will feature country dancing to the sounds of the popular country group "Rambler," dinner and the BEST auction. Rambler has several hits in recent weeks and has been featured on area country music radio stations.

"We are fortunate to have Rambler coming to Garden City. I am sure this event will be a sell-out," stated Alan Fankhauser, Beef Empire Days executive director. Tickets are available for $20 per person from the Beef Empire Days office. There will be no tickets available at the door.

In conjunction with the ball, Burtis Motor Company and Fort Dodge Animal Health will host Rambler, at Burtis Motor Company, Friday afternoon, June 16. This up and coming group will be available to sign autographs and meet the public.

The steer trial challenges participants in two divisions: rate of gain and carcass cutability. Prize money is paid to the top 10 gaining steers and the finest carcasses. Awards also are given to the overall champion and the reserve champion. A portion of the proceeds from the Beef Empire Steer Trial are used in the educational pursuits of Beef Empire Days, Inc. These pursuits include the annual Media Intern Scholarship and the annual Intercollegiate Meats Judging Contest, held in November of each year.

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