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Producers seminar kicks off Flint Hills Beef Fest at Emporia

Grass is stirrup high on a tall horse, ponds are full, streams are flowing, and slick-hided cattle are rapidly putting on the pounds – it’s a great time in the Flint Hills.

“What better way to celebrate than the Flint Hills Beef Fest, Aug. 23-24-25, at the fairgrounds in Emporia,” welcomed Shelly Wiggins, energetic committee member for the most popular annual cowboy attractions.

“The Flint Hills Beef Fest was founded as an annual celebration of the grass cattle industry offering cattlemen the opportunity to enter stockers in a summer grazing competition as well as feedlot and carcass shows,” explained Wiggins, emphasizing a full slate of fun and educational activities now supplement the original and still most successful endeavor.

Again kicking off the Beef Fest is the beef producers information seminar organized and hosted by 580 WIBW, according to farm director Kelly Lenz.

“We’ll have a live broadcast of the Ag Roundup program at 6 o’clock Friday morning, a complimentary pancake and sausage breakfast at 7:15, and the program gets underway at 8 o’clock,” Lenz said.

The program is to feature Kristina Butts, executive director of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, with The Washington Perspective; Glenn Tonsor, livestock economist from Kansas State University, presenting The Beef Cattle Situation and Outlook; and Randy Krotz, executive director of the United States Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, reviewing importance of Communicating Agriculture’s Message.

The breakfast and program are free, but reservations are needed by calling the Lyon County Extension Office at 620-341-3220, or emailing Lenz at [email protected].

Following the seminar, there will be a practical range plant tour until noon, the Beef Fest Barbecue Cook-off, cowboy feed, ranch rodeo and entertainment by The Good Sam Club Barbeque Band.

Saturday kicks off with a 5K Ranchland Trust run and walk, a kids’ tractor pull, ranch horse competitions, pony wagon rides, trade show with demonstrations by Chef Gary Hild, barbecue judging, hay toss, free hamburgers and Coke at noon, cow patty toss, the Flint Hills Beef Fest awards banquet steak dinner, entertainment by Ag Humorist Damian Mason and a dance featuring Six Market Boulevard with Ryan Manuel.

A golf tournament is Sunday morning, along with an open jackpot team roping competition.

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