The 14th annual Flint Hills Beef Fest, Emporia, KS is planned Aug. 18 to 20.

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 Blues and Barbecue Cookoff Contest. Contestants can enter in one or all three categories; beef brisket, ribs or sausage. Check in begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per category or $50 for all three. Prize money and plaques will be awarded to the top three places in the overall competition. Ribbons will be presented to the first place finishers in the individual categories. First place grand champion will be awarded $300, second place is $200 and third place is $100. For entry forms and rules, call 316-343-4741 or 316-343-3821. The smokin' Blues Band "Mudslinger" will perform live Friday, beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy a beef barbecue dinner, in the Anderson Building, prior to the popular Ranch Rodeo and Businessman Mugging. The rodeo begins at 7 p.m., in the Lyon County Fairground arena. The top teams that have placed in ranch rodeos, from surrounding counties, will compete for regional ranch rodeo honors. Events that will be performed include team penning, team branding, steer mugging, cattle doctoring and wild cow milking. The Businessman Mugging is held between events during the ranch rodeo. Teams of four businessmen compete to see which team can mug a steer to the ground, in the fastest time. Come and cheer these teams on. Tickets for Friday's barbecue and ranch rodeo are $7 for adults and $3 for children. To attend only the ranch rodeo or the meal, tickets are $5 and $2.

Saturday's events 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 over $14,000 in cash awards.

The Grass Futurity is the first contest, which began April 29. These cattle will be judged on the total pounds gained while they were on grass from May 3 through Aug. 17. This judging event will take place Saturday, Aug. 19, 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 Saturday awards banquet.

The cattle that were entered in the futurity also can 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 seven 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: first place, receives $700 and a plaque; second place, $450; third place, $300, fourth place, $150, fifth place, $125, sixth place, $75, and seventh place, $50.

The open judging is held at the Lyon County Fairgrounds, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four pens-of-four heifers per pen will be at the fairgrounds Saturday for anyone to judge. The contest is open to merchants, community individuals and youths of any age. There will be divisions for teams and individuals, in an adult and youth group. A team will consist of three or four members, and a business may have more than one team. Team members may judge individually or in groups, at anytime during the contest. Contestants try to match wits against the official judges. Cattle are numbered and the contestants try to put the numbers in order, according to how they feel the judge will have them placed. Winners will be recognized at the Saturday evening banquet.

An incentive team roping will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, in the rodeo arena. The roping will be a three-header progressive on one. Saddles will be awarded to the top money winners. Statements made the day of roping take precedence over printed material. For further information call Roger Potter, at 316-343-1352.

The Hay Stealing Contest again will have different divisions. The event will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday. There will be men's, women's, mixed and youth divisions. Teams of two will attempt to "steal" hay out of a stack and load it into a pickup truck, within an allotted time period. Teams will be scored on how many bales are in the pickup after time is called. Bales must be handled by hand. Entry fee is $5 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded. Advanced registration is encouraged, but not required. Call 316-343-4741 to enter.

This year's NBHA sanctioned barrel race is Saturday, at 10 a.m. This event will be held at Ginger Morris' barn, on Highway 50, west of Emporia. Open and novice participants are welcome. There will be cash prizes and awards presented. Registration will be held the day of the event. For further information, call 316-279-4581.

Bring the whole family out to take a ride around the fairgrounds with J.D. Orear and his pony wagon rides. These rides are free and will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a free hamburger feed at the fairgrounds. Plan on enjoying a free hamburger and Coke, while cheering on the teams that are competing in the Hay Stealing Contest.

Dry Creek Sporting Clays, south of Emporia, will be hosting a tournament, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Contact Dave Holland, at 316-343-3081, for details.

The Saturday awards banquet begins at 6 p.m., with a complete steak dinner. The award presentations immediately follow, at 7:30 p.m. Then for the evening entertainment, Mike Snider will perform. The band, "Prairie Fire," will begin around 9:30 p.m. and play until midnight. This is an evening a person won't want to miss. Buy those tickets now, before it is too late. Dinner, entertainment, drinks and dancing all for only $25 each. Tickets can be ordered by calling 316-343-4741 or make check payable to Flint Hills Beef Fest and mail it to PO Box 1326, Emporia, KS 66801.

Sunday begins with a golf tournament, at 9 a.m., at the Emporia Municipal Golf Course. For more information about this event, contact Alan Lewis, at 316-343-7682.

The Youth Rodeo is planned for Sunday, beginning at 10 a.m. This is open to youths up to 17 years old. This rodeo is on the Rockin' J Sanctioned Rodeo calendar. Events are broke down into four age groups: 1 to 6, 10 to 13, and 14 to 17. Events include mutton bustin', goat tail tying, pole bending, barrel racing, team roping, break-away roping, steer riding and bull riding. For more information, contact Bob Armitage, at 316-343-7304, after 6 p.m.

There definitely is something for everyone, at this year's Flint Hills Beef Fest, at the Lyon County Fairgrounds, in Emporia, KS, Aug. 18 to 20.

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 contact Cathy Lieber, at 785-528-4913 or 316-344-3849. Visit the web site, at

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