Ottaway Amusements Beef Empire Day's Carnival
May
17
to May 26

Ottaway Amusements Beef Empire Day's Carnival

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May 17 – May 26

Ottaway Amusements Carnival

Finney County Fairgrounds 6:00 p.m.

The carnival runs Friday, May 17 through Sunday, May 26 at the west end of the Finney County Fairgrounds. They will open daily at 6:00 p.m.  Listen to the local radio stations for announcements on special wristband promotions and weather related closings.

 

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Garden City Open Tennis Tournament
May
31
to Jun 12

Garden City Open Tennis Tournament

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GC Open Tennis Tournament

Garden City High School Tennis Courts - 9:00 A.M., SINGLES DIVISION

The Garden City Tennis Association presents the 7th Annual Garden City Open Tennis Tournament, which will be held at the Garden City High School tennis courts starting at 9:00 a.m. each day. $15 entry fee, all participants who register before the deadline receive a free t-shirt.  Double elimination, 8 game pro set with Ad scoring and 12 point tiebreaker at 8 games all. Finals rounds 2 out of 3 sets. Awards will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each division. Divisions may be cancelled if there are not at least four entrants/teams and will be put in other divisions. Entry forms are available at the Garden City YMCA and Garden City Recreation Commission or visit Garden City Tennis Association on Facebook for more information and registration forms. For questions call Call Heather Kneeland at 620-290-1999.This event made possible by the following sponsors: Beef Empire Days, CVB, Finney County

Event Continues June 1 st & 2nd : Garden City High School Tennis Courts - 9:00 A.M

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Beef Empire Days Art Show- Featuring Deb Huber
May
31
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Art Show- Featuring Deb Huber

Beef Empire Days Art Show- Featuring Deb Huber

Garden City Arts- 12:00 P.M.

Come to Downtown Garden City Arts to see great art by local artist Deb Huber! Deb is Beef Empire Days’ featured artist this year; she painted several pieces that have been spotlighted throughout our advertising. Those pieces along with others will be on display throughout Beef Empire Days. If you are interested in purchasing any of the pieces or have questions contact Katy Guthrie at 620-260-9700 or gardencityarts@gmail.com.

The Art Show will be featured throughout the weeks at these times:

Saturday, June 1st- Garden City Arts- 10:00 A.M.

Tuesday, June 4th- Garden City Arts- 12:00 P.M.

Wednesday, June 5th- Garden City Arts- 12:00 P.M.

Thursday, June 6th- Garden City Arts- 12:00 P.M.

Saturday, June 8th- Garden City Arts- 12:00 P.M.

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Finney County Library - Summer Reading Kickoff Event
May
31
to Jun 12

Finney County Library - Summer Reading Kickoff Event

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Finney County Public Library, Summer Reading Kickoff Event- Featuring “Mr. E” & Kyle Groves’

– Finney County Public Library, Nature Explore Garden, 2:30 p.m.

Some of the most alluring places are found not only on stage with a magician but even more in the universe of books, where readers are whisked away into infinite worlds of enchantment, discovery and learning! Magicians, “Mr. E” and Kyle Groves, have been entertaining audiences for many decades, captivating them with mystery, magic, comedy and wonder. In the process, they hope to imbue everyone - from kindergartners to adults - with a thirst for reading and learning.  Come join us for this free event that kicks off the summer reading program at Finney County Public Library. 

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Ag Women of the Heartland Conference
May
31
to Jun 12

Ag Women of the Heartland Conference

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5th Annual Ag Women of the Heartland 2019

-Finney County Fairgrounds, 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

May 31st & June 1st  

Finney County Extension Council and Finney County Conservation District are hosting the 5th Annual Ag Women of the Heartland. The event will be held on May 31 from 4:00p.m.-8:30p.m. at the 4-H Building located at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The night will begin with wine tasting followed by dinner and special guest Stacy Pederson presenting “Dying to Laugh – How to be Happy When Life Is a Mess”. The event will continue on June 1 from 8:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, with lunch included. Stacy Pederson will be presenting “The Dirt on Grit – How Digging in Helps you Flourish” followed by Farm Management Workshop and Farm Bill Updates. Registration is $25.00. Register for the event at agwomenoftheheartland.org. For questions or information contact Finney County Extension Council 620-272-3670 or Finney County Conservation District at 620-805-3922.

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Beef Empire Days Kickoff Event
May
31
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Kickoff Event

Beef Empire Days BATTLE OF THE BANDS Kickoff Event

Samy’s Spirits & Steakhouse - 7:00 p.m.

Come KICKOFF the 51st year with Battle of the Bands!!! This good time will feature area bands in the parking lot of Samy’s. The night will be filled with live music and 51 years of celebration! Doors open at 7:00pm with bands starting at 8:00pm. $10.00 to get in with tickets being sold at the Clarion Inn. Get your tickets NOW!!!

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Garden City Municipal Band Concert
May
31
to Jun 12

Garden City Municipal Band Concert

Garden City Municipal Band Concert

Steven’s Park- 7:30 P.M.

The Garden City Municipal Band, founded in 1879 (along with the City of Garden City) is celebrating its 140th Concert Year! Join the Band in Steven’s Park on Friday, May 31, at 7:30 P.M. and Friday, June 7, at 7:30 P.M. for a “Concert in the Park”. Highlights include a children’s flag march and celebration of audience birthdays! Come join the Band for an evening of entertainment and fun!

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Hoof it to Health Road Run
Jun
1
to Jun 12

Hoof it to Health Road Run

29th Annual Hoof it to Health Road Run

– YMCA – 7:00 a.m.

The Garden City Family YMCA presents the annual 5K/10K Run, 2 mile Walk and a ½ mile kid’s race beginning near the YMCA facility on the corner of Harding and Center Street. Registration will begin at 7:00 a.m. Every participant receives a free t-shirt and half price shake from the YMCA; just show your race bib at time of purchase. Prizes awarded in multiple categories and Kids race for free.For entry forms and

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Beef Empire Days Softball Tournament
Jun
1
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Softball Tournament

Beef Empire Days Softball Tournament

– Peebles Complex – 10:00 a.m.

June 1st & 2nd

The Beef Empire Days Softball Tournament will have men’s, women’s and coed divisions.  It will be a 4-game guaranteed tournament.  Game balls will be provided.  Cost of tournament is $180.

Entry information is available by contacting the Garden City Recreation Commission at (620) 276-1200.

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Spirit of the Plains, CASA Rodeo Olympics & Hamburger Feed
Jun
1
to Jun 12

Spirit of the Plains, CASA Rodeo Olympics & Hamburger Feed

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Spirit of the Plains, CASA Rodeo Olympics & Hamburger Feed

 – Finney County Fairgrounds – 5:00 p.m.                                           

Spirit of the Plains, CASA is presenting the 1st Annual Rodeo Olympics and Ranch Rodeo Hamburger Feed. The Rodeo Olympics will be a 4 person team event that consists of 5 rounds. The rounds include an obstacle course, water gun shoot out, saw horse roping, boot ring toss, watermelon eating contest with one team being named overall champion. Teams can represent community organization, businesses or groups.  There will be celebrity judges to pick the overall champion. During the Rodeo Olympics and Beef Empire Days Ranch Rodeo there will be a Hamburger Feed cooked and served by local celebrities! Benefits will go to the Spirit of the Plains, CASA program serving children in the foster care system that have been abused or neglected and are going through court proceedings. For team registration information contact the Spirit of the Plains, CASA office at (620) 271-6197 or 25thcasa@gmail.com. This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Beef Empire Days, Inc.  Meat Provided By Tyson

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Livestock Nutrition Center Ranch Rodeo
Jun
1
to Jun 12

Livestock Nutrition Center Ranch Rodeo

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Livestock Nutrition Center Ranch Rodeo

– Finney County Fairgrounds – 7:00 p.m.                                            

Want to know how the traditional cowboy works the herd? The Livestock Nutrition Center Ranch Rodeo is a free event to attend where traditional working cowboys gather to compete and demonstrate skills that are used every day in cattle ranching operations. Although there are some similarities to rodeos that people are normally accustomed to seeing, ranch rodeo events typically use combinations of roping, horsemanship, and ground work skills to create a more genuine presentation of real-life ranch work. This is considered to be a team event where everyone works together to get the job done. Teams consist of 3 members with up to 20 teams. Events are doctoring, mugging and penning. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Finney County Fairground Arena. Entry forms are available at www.beefempiredays.com. The Ranch Rodeo is made possible by the following sponsors: Livestock Nutrition Center, Alltech, Baker Boot, and Tequilas Mexican Grill. Meat Provided By Tyson

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Praise in the Park Concert
Jun
1
to Jun 12

Praise in the Park Concert

“Praise in the Park”

- Christian Music Concert- Stevens Park – 7:00 p.m.

Praise in the Park is a non-denominational music event open to the entire community. Praise and worship bands from around the region will come together to bring us their song. The HOPE (Hands of Praise Eternal) Puppet Ministry will be kicking off this event so you won’t want to miss it. There is no cost to attend and enjoy the evening and a concession stand will be offered. Bring your easy chair, bring your smile and come on down to the park. We will be going PRAISE CRAZY! Located at Stevens Park from 7:00p.m.–10:00p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the First Christian Church, 306 N 7th Street. The Praise in the Park is made possible by: First Christian Church

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Feedlot & Sponsors - Roping, Riding, & Barrel Racing
Jun
2
to Jun 12

Feedlot & Sponsors - Roping, Riding, & Barrel Racing

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Feedlot & Sponsors Team Roping, Barrel Racing & Riding Events

– Finney County Fairgrounds- 10:00 a.m.                    

Area feedyard employees and “townies” that enjoy barrel racing and team roping are invited to attend this annual favorite at the Finney County Fairgrounds Arena beginning at 10:00 a.m. Cowboys and cowgirls compete in events that are open to any current Beef Empire Days sponsor. This event is made possible by the following sponsors: Animal Health International, Baker Boot, Crazy House, Global Animal Products, and Hampel Oil Distributors

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"Rely on the Revalor" Live Show
Jun
4
to Jun 12

"Rely on the Revalor" Live Show

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“Rely on Revalor” Live Show

~ Finney County Fairgrounds, 9:00 a.m.                                        

The cattle begin arriving at dawn or before and the excitement level will peak by mid-morning when the 51st annual Live Show takes center stage. Anyone with an interest in the cattle feeding industry is invited to be in the grandstands at the Finney County Fairgrounds at 9:00 a.m. when Live Show Judge Blake Bloomberg will begin the final judging of the top steers and heifers. A big thank you to Merck Animal Health for their continued partnership.

Dr. Blake Bloomberg is an Assistant Professor of Applied Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.  Blake and his wife, Wravenna, have four children. A daughter Breckyn, twin boys Brenhem and Berwick and a son Bexton. Blake was raised in Berwick, IL on his family’s diversified livestock operation that consisted of cattle, hogs and row crops.  

Dr. Bloomberg currently serves as the Livestock Judging Coach at Oklahoma State University.  During his career, Blake has coached the National Champion Livestock Judging Team in 2017 and 2018 and Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Teams in 2009, 2014 and 2015.  Blake was named the 2008, 2009, 2014, 2017 and 2018 National Collegiate Coaches Association Coach of the Year. He also serves as co-coach of their Meat Animal Evaluation Team with Dr. Gretchen Mafi that were the National Champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015 and Reserve National Champion in 2010, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Blake attended Black Hawk East Jr. College and was a member of the 2004-2005 judging team that was defeated only once. He was the High Point Individual at the 2006 National Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Contest and was also a member of the 2006 National Champion Livestock Judging Team for Texas A&M that was undefeated in competition.

Blake has judged livestock shows in 42 states and 3 foreign countries including events at the American Royal, North American International Livestock Exposition, National Western Stock Show, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, San Antonio Livestock Show, and several regional and state events. 

Special thanks to our friends from LBS Scales who provide the weigh chute and scales for the Live Show and to Troy Consbruck of TLC Trucking for their assistance in transporting the Live Show cattle to Tyson Fresh Meats.

Lunch sponsored by Cappel Sales and Huvepharma Meat Provided By Tyson

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Public Pick 5
Jun
4
to Jun 12

Public Pick 5

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PUBLIC PICK 5

– Finney County Fairgrounds Grandstands – 12:00 p.m.

“Can you beat the Judge?” Public Pick 5 is open to men, women and youth. Each person will pick five head during the steer division of the Live Show that they believe will be the top placers in the Beef Empire Days Index during the carcass show. The total of the Beef Empire Days Index of your five head will determine the winners. Cost is $20 per person to enter the day of the show. The top three winners of the men’s and women’s divisions will be awarded. The youth division winner will receive a nice duffel bag. A special thank you to Alltech for their sponsorship.

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Corn-Fed Beef Social
Jun
4
to Jun 12

Corn-Fed Beef Social

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Corn-Fed Beef Social

Finney County Fairgrounds - after Live Show

The Corn-Fed Beef Social is hosted by Kansas Corn and is open to all farmers and

beef producers and related industry. The opportunity to come together celebrate

another year of supporting each other and the largest in-state customer for Kansas

corn. The social will be come and go starting following the wrap up of the Live

Show and run until 6 p.m. It will include drinks and light appetizers. To register, visit kscorn.com/events or call 785-410-5009.

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Beef Empire Days Sponsors Reception
Jun
5
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Sponsors Reception

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Beef Empire Days Sponsors Reception

– Clarion Inn – 6:00 p.m.                                                                     

Beef Empire Days’ sponsors and their guests are invited to this annual event that provides an excellent opportunity to network with customers and clients while enjoying delicious beef hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails. Clarion Hotel plays host to the event that begins at 6:00 p.m. During the evening There will also be a people's choice drawing, everyone attending will be given a raffle ticket to put in their vote for what heifer they believe will have the highest BED Index Score. Then, at the Awards Banquet, there will be three tickets pulled from the winning heifer and those winning ticket holders will win a Beef Empire Days beef bundle. A special thank you to: American State Bank, Animal Health International, Bayer, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Century Business Technologies, Midwest Feeders Inc. and National Beef for their sponsorship. Meat Provided By Tyson

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Peoples Choice Auction
Jun
5
to Jun 12

Peoples Choice Auction

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People’s Choice Auction

- Clarion Inn – 8:30 p.m.

The People's Choice Auction includes the top 25 placing heifers of the live show. The objective is to select the heifer with the highest BED index score. The top three heifers based, on the BED index score, will be awarded. Participants and buyers alike are invited to join in on the fun–filled evening at the Clarion Inn.

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Cattle Working Contest
Jun
6
to Jun 12

Cattle Working Contest

Beef Empire Days Cattle Working Contest

 – Irsik & Doll Feedyard – 11:30 a.m.

The Beef Empire Days Cattle Working Contest is open to all area processing crews and provides an excellent opportunity to learn the newest trends and test the latest equipment. The event begins at 11:30 a.m. at Irsik & Doll Feedyard. All participants will receive lunch and have the opportunity to visit different vender booths from the industry and learn about the products and equipment they use on a daily basis. Entry forms are available at www.beefempiredays.com or by contacting the Beef Empire Days office. The Cattle Working Contest is coordinated and made possible by the following sponsors: Animal Health International, Bayer, Elanco and Temple Tag, Ltd.

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United Wireless Children's Parade
Jun
7
to Jun 12

United Wireless Children's Parade

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United Wireless Community Children’s Parade

–Finney County Public Library – 10:30 a.m.

United Wireless Community Children’s parades gives small children the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, strollers, scooters or trikes and participate in a parade like setting that includes prizes and free give aways for all who participate. Children 12 and younger are invited. This event is free to everyone and there is no entry fee. Information is available by calling the Finney County Public Library at 620-272-3680. This event is made possible by United Wireless.   

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Carcass Show
Jun
7
to Jun 12

Carcass Show

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Carcass Show at Tyson Fresh Meats

- Tyson Plant – 2:00 p.m.

The Carcass Show will take place at 2:00 p.m. You are invited to view the carcasses. The Beef Empire Days, Inc. Board of Directors would like to say “thank you” to Tyson Fresh Meats and their staff for their contribution to the continuing success of the Beef Empire Days Carcass Show.

 

Carcass Judging at Tyson Fresh Meats

Gretchen Mafi is a Professor and the Ralph & Leila Boulware Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, where she conducts research and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in meat science.  Gretchen earned her bachelor’s degree in 1994, from Texas Tech University, a Master of Science degree in 1996, from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Animal Science with emphasis in meat science in 2000, from Texas Tech.

 Gretchen joined USDA-Agriculture Marketing Service as a meat marketing specialist in 2001.

In August 2002, she accepted an assistant professor position at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX.  In 2006, Gretchen began as an assistant professor in Meat Science at Oklahoma State University.

 Gretchen’s love and passion for teaching make her career choice in academia obvious.  She teaches three meat science courses each semester at OSU, along with her advising and research responsibilities.  She conducts research in the area of meat cutability and quality, with over 60 published articles in scientific journals.  Also, Gretchen coaches the Oklahoma State Meat Judging Team and Meat Evaluation Team. She also plays a vital role in extension at OSU coordinating meat judging contests and providing support for other programs and activities on campus and around the state.  She is actively involved in the American Meat Science Association, serving as a member of the Board of Directors from 2014-2017, a leader of several committees and served as the AMSA Intercollegiate Meat Coaches Association President in 2010-11. 

 Gretchen received the Merrick Foundation Teaching Award for the American Free Enterprise System awarded by Oklahoma State University in 2015, as well as the Award of Excellence in Teaching from the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She also received the American Meat Science Association Achievement Award in 2007. Gretchen and her husband, Jeff Mafi, reside on their farm in Coyle, OK, raising purebred Angus Cattle.

 Judging gets underway on Friday morning and continues throughout the day at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant at Holcomb, Kansas

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First Friday Art Walk
Jun
7
to Jun 12

First Friday Art Walk

First Friday Art Walk- Garden City Arts

Garden City Arts (multiple locations)- 4:00 P.M.

Please join Garden City Arts for June’s First Friday Art Walk! Participants can come and go at their own leisure at each location between the hours listed below. Admission is free for all locations and everyone is welcome! Art locations and times are as followed: 

            -High Plains Public Radio, 210 N. 7th, 4-6pm, featured artist TBA

            -Patrick Dugan’s Coffee Shop, 301 N. Main St, 5-7pm, featured artist Crystal Socha

            -Finney County Courthouse, 425 N. 8th, 5-7pm, featured artist Joni Reiter

            - Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St, featured artist Deb Huber

For any questions contact Katy Guthrie at 620-260-9700 or gardencityarts@gmail.com. Thank you to our sponsors Adams Real Estate and Knoll Crop Production.

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Beef Empire Days Awards Banquet
Jun
7
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Awards Banquet

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Awards Banquet presented by American AgCredit and Zoetis

- Clarion Inn, 6:00 p.m.                                                                                               

The social Hour begins at 6:00 p.m. at the Clarion Inn Ballroom, immediately followed by the awards banquet. Guests will be served succulent Western Kansas beef and all the trimmings. Then, the excitement begins as the Live and Carcass Show awards are presented, as well as awards for the Cattle Working Contest, People’s Choice Auction, Public Pick 5, Ranch Rodeo and the Mary M. Hopkins Award for Volunteer Service. In addition, the Beef Empire Days Academic Scholarship recipients will be recognized along with the Southwest Kansas Cattle Women academic scholarship winner. The Awards Banquet is sponsored by American AgCredit and Zoetis. Meat provided by Tyson.

Mary Hopkins Award Recipient:

Sam Hands

Sam Hands, Garden City, Kansas, is the 2019 Beef Empire Days Mary Hopkins Award recipient.  A fourth generation cattleman, Sam began his career in the beef industry in 1957 purchasing 12 bred Angus heifers with his dad, Fielding. As a vocational agriculture student, he expanded his herd as a custom caretaker for a young registered Angus breeder.

 While at Kansas State University, Hands served as a State FFA Officer and received the American Farmer Degree. He was a member of the meat, wool and livestock judging teams, Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Block & Bridle.

 After graduating from K-State in 1970, Sam served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army with a tour in Vietnam before returning home to join his father’s operation. He partnered with his two brothers, Greg and Cedric, to establish Triangle H Grain & Cattle Co. Over the years, the operation has grown to include irrigated crop production, a cow calf operation and two feedyards. Cattle are primarly marketed through U.S. Premium Beef that they invested in as a founding member.

 Hands has been an industry leader, serving as Beef Empire Days and Finney County Farm Bureau president. He was one of the original six delegates on the Cattleman’s Beef Board to develop the Beef Checkoff program and served as vice chairman of the Kansas Beef Council. Sam served as chairman of the KSU LMIC and is now on the LMIC Royal Board, the State FFA Foundation Board and Finney County Economic Development.

 In 1978, Sam was named the Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher of the Year. He has received the LMIC Stockman of the Year Award, BIF Commercial Producer of the Year Award, Honorary Member and Outstanding Stockman from the KSU Block & Bridle Club, KSU ASI Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary Finney County 4-H Alumni Award and was made an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Garden City FFA.

 Sam and his wife, Janet, have three children – Marisa, Quincy and Rebecca — and three grandchildren.

 

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Jun
7
to Jun 12

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Garden City High School Auditorium-7:00 p.m.

William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. GCHS’ encore performance will be presented free of charge at 7 pm in the GCHS Auditorium. Good will donations will go towards the students’ trip to perform at the International Thespian Festival. Hamlet was selected as one of eleven productions that will perform at the International Thespian Festival June 24th-29th in Lincoln, NE. This is one of the most prestigious honors that a theatre program can have as GCHS students will perform for thousands of theatre students, colleges, and professionals from around the world. Hamlet is a free performance. Hamlet is a free performance.

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Commerce Bank Chuckwagons Breakfast
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Commerce Bank Chuckwagons Breakfast

Commerce Bank Chuckwagon Breakfast

– Stevens Park – 6:30 a.m.

The friendly bankers and associates at Commerce Bank invite everyone to Stevens Park in downtown Garden City beginning at 6:30 a.m. for pancakes and beef sausage. The chef from Chris Cakes will be flipping pancakes onto your plate (and into the audience) until 9:30 a.m. It’s all- you- can-eat chuckwagon grub for only $3.00 at the event. All proceeds will be donated to Leave a Legacy. Please contact Donna Tanner at (620) 276-5711 for more information. Event brought to you by Commerce Bank.

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Western Motor Beef Empire Days Parade
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Western Motor Beef Empire Days Parade

Western Motor Beef Empire Days Parade

 – MainStreet – 10:00 a.m.

Bring on the BEEF!” is the theme for this year’s annual parade. Garden City’s largest parade is sure to be a crowd-pleaser with 100 plus entries. The parade begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. For entry information visit us at www.beefempiredays.com or contact the Beef Empire Days office at (620) 275-6807. The parade is made possible by Western Motor.   

All American Beef Battalion

The 2019 Parade Marshall is the All American Beef Battalion (AABB). All good deeds require both vision and follow through. Thanks to both of those, the AABB is currently in its 11th year of saying “Thank You” to those that protect our freedom at home and rid human oppression around the world.

 Bill Broadie of Ashland, KS is the man with the vision. This two-time purple-heart honored Vietnam veteran believed that everyone being deployed or returning from deployment should be shown the highest degree of appreciation possible. To a cattleman like Broadie, that can be easily shown with a ribeye steak. 2019 marks the 11th year since the first steak was grilled and served with all the sides and a hand shake of thanks to the troops serving our great country.

 The first AABB steak feed was held in Olathe, KS, on April 26, 2008. It was served to members of the 731st Transportation Co., a National Guard unit returning from duty in Iraq. Today the number of servicemen and women that have been fed is approaching 500,000 and the count is rolling upward.

 There is no doubt every worthy endeavor requires a vision but something of this magnitude also requires great follow through. Countless individuals from the Great Plains region of the country have dedicated millions of hours of volunteer time to assist in sharing the protein-packed message of gratitude. This operation has truly become one of the greatest mobile catering units in the country.

 The volunteers have served troops from Camp Pendleton to Walter Reed hospital and most every state in between. There is no group size that is too overwhelming as the AABB has fed more than 5,000 on three different times including one such feed at Fort Carson Colorado that was served in just 1 hour and 50 minutes.

 While we can’t say enough about the individuals who have shown the patriotism to volunteer for this worthy endeavor, it needs to be mentioned that the cost of feeding the troops typically runs about $12/person. That money has been generously donated by families and farm commodity organizations that share the same degree of appreciation for our troops as the core group of the AABB.

 No matter the size of group, the AABB has been humbled by the ability to spend time with otherwise underappreciated service men and women who sacrificed to ensure that after 243 years, we still live in the greatest nation in the world to call home - the United States of America.

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Chuckwagons at the Zoo
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Chuckwagons at the Zoo

Chuckwagons at the Zoo Community Feed

– Lee Richardson Zoo - 11:30 a.m.                                                     

 Sample the flair of the west at the Lee Richardson Zoo west side in Garden City. An old-fashion BBQ meal will be served for a $1.00 a person. The beef is slow-cooked to perfection to enjoy the true flavors with all the fixings. Enjoy the true “out west” with chuckwagons, family entertainment, food, vendors and just downright family fun. Serving begins immediately following the parade at approximately 11:30 a.m. Thank you to our featured sponsors: Baker Boot, Big L Sales, First National Bank of Garden City, Klaus Wood Pellets, Tyson and United Wireless. Meat provided by Tyson.        

 

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Kansas Kruisers Scholarship Car Show
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Kansas Kruisers Scholarship Car Show

Kansas Kruisers Scholarship Car Show

– Lee Richardson Zoo - 11:30 a.m.

Come out to Lee Richardson Zoo and join the Kansas Kruisers car club for this 1st annual scholarship car show. This scholarship event will be in conjunction with the Beef Empire Days staple Chuckwagons at the Zoo Community Feed and follow directly after the Western Motor Beef Empire Days Parade with registration taking place at that time. All vehicles/motorcycles welcome to join! Event awards will be given at 3 pm. $20 suggested donation for all entries.  All proceeds go to Beef Empire Days Scholarship fund. For more information contact Cory King at 620-521-0201 or Pete Kuneyl at 620-272-7187.

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Beef Empire Days Grill Master Cook-Off
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Grill Master Cook-Off

Beef Empire Days Grill Master Cook-off

- Stevens Park – 4:00 p.m.

The temperature rises, days are longer, the family spends more time outdoors – it’s grillin’ time in southwest Kansas.  Is there a man alive who doesn’t believe he grills a steak better than anyone on the block! Agriculture is the life-blood of our communities, and we celebrate the beef industry during May – Beef month, and Beef Empire Days the first week in June. Here is the to capture the title of “Beef Empire Days Grill Master”. Rocking M Radio has partnered with Klaus Pellets to design an event to spotlight the amazing beef that we raise and process, along with a chance for contestants to show-off their “grilling chops”. The cook-off is part of BEEF, BEER & BOOTS, Stevens Park, Saturday, June 8. The park will be lined with food trucks, beer garden, live music, and crowd sampling rib-eye bites with The All American Beef Battalion (steaksfortroops.com). As many as 15 teams of local outdoor chefs will turn on the heat to become the GRILL MASTER CHAMPION and take home the cash. For registration information contact Bonita McClure at 620-789-2237 or bonita.mcclure@rockingmmedia.net. Thanks to our sponsors Baker Boot, Western State Bank

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Western State Bank Beef, Beer, & Boots
Jun
8
to Jun 12

Western State Bank Beef, Beer, & Boots

Western State Bank Beef, Beer, and Boots

- Stevens Park – 5:30 p.m.

Beef Empire Days, Downtown Vision and Western State Bank has joined together to bring you this 2nd Annual event filled with food, beer, and music. Hero’s Way will have food trucks with signature beef dishes competing for “Beef Empire Days Food Truck of 2019”. There will be a beer garden featuring brews from our very own local brewery, Flat Mountain Brewhouse! Along with Live music from the Clay Davenport Band and the smell of steaks from the Grill Master Cook-Off. Beef Empire Days will draw winners for the Polaris Slingshot, Ruger Mini 14 Cattle Drive, and Black Rain Ordance AR15. The park will be full of people, food, music, and fun until 11:00 p.m. For more information contact Downtown Vision at 620-276-0891 or the Beef Empire Days office.

Special thanks to our friends: Downtown Vision , the beer sponsor Flat Mountain Brewhouse and the event sponsor Western State Bank.

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Elanco & Animal Health International Beef Empire Days Golf Tournament
Jun
9
to Jun 12

Elanco & Animal Health International Beef Empire Days Golf Tournament

  • Buffalo Dunes Golf Course (map)
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Elanco & Animal Health International Beef Empire Days Golf Tournament

– Buffalo Dunes Golf Course- 7:30 a. m.                                                         

Golf action begins on South Highway 83 on Saturday morning for the Buffalo Dunes four-person scramble tournament. Shotgun starts at 8:00 a.m. Register by calling the golf shop at (620) 276-1210. Event sponsors are: Animal Health International, Chappel Liquor, Elanco, Feedlot Magazine, Legacy Animal Nutrition. Meat provided by Tyson.          

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Beef Empire Days Cattle Crawl
Jun
9
to Jun 12

Beef Empire Days Cattle Crawl

  • Clarion Inn & Conference Center (map)
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Beef Empire Days Cattle Crawl

Samy’s Spirit and Steakhouse - 4:30 p.m.

Once again its feedin’ time and you’re invited to a progressively delicious dining experience featuring some of the Beef Empire’s best grub served at some of the finest local establishments. Participants will meet at 4:30 p.m. at Samy’s Spirit and Steakhouse. Board the bus and the adventure will unfold. Some of the finest local restaurants will be featured. Guests will be ferried from location to location aboard their own “stagecoach”, courtesy of Garden City Community College.

The “crawl” is sponsored by K•Coe Isom & DFA- Dairy Farmers of America

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