FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Garden City Open tennis tournament — 9 a.m., at the Garden City High School tennis complex. Day one features singles divisions for men, women and youth. Entry information is available at the Garden City Family YMCA, Garden City Recreation Commission or from tournament coordinator Heather Kneeland at (620) 290-1999.
The Finney County Public Library Summer Reading kickoff event — 10:30 a.m., at the library. The event will feature Priscilla Howe’s puppets, songs and storytelling.
4th Annual Ag Women of the Heartland — 4 to 8 p.m., at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The Finney County Extension Council and Finney County Conservation District are hosting the event, with dinner included. The event will feature a presentation titled, “Adapting and Overcoming Adversity.” Call the Extension Council at (620) 272-3670 or Conservation District at (620) 275-0211 ext. 110 for more information.
Kickoff concert — 6:30 p.m., at the Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse parking lot. In celebration of Beef Empire Days’ 50th anniversary, the organization is hosting a kickoff event featuring country music singers William Michael Morgan and Hunter Hutchinson.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
YMCA Hoof it to Health Road Run — 7 a.m., at the Garden City Family YMCA. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at the YMCA. The event will feature 5K and 10K runs, a 2-mile walk and a half-mile kids race, beginning at the corner of Harding Avenue and Center Street. For more information, call the YMCA at (620) 275-1199.
Ag Women of the Heartland — 8 a.m., at the Clarion Inn. The event continues with a presentation titled, “Keep Calm and Farm On.”
Garden City Open tennis tournament — 9 a.m. Day two will feature doubles starting at 9 a.m. at the GCHS tennis courts.
Youth Benefit Softball Tournament — 9 a.m., at Deane Wiley Park. The tournament will feature men’s, women’s and coed divisions, with a four-game guarantee. For more information, contact the Garden City Recreation Commission at (620) 276-1200.
Scholarship Poker Run — 10 a.m., starting at the Clarion Inn. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and will include free breakfast for participants. Riders will head out for Historic Scott Lake, where there will be five themed punch card stations. Lunch will be provided at Scott Lake. All vehicles are welcome, and proceeds will go to the Beef Empire Days Scholarship Fund. Must be at least 18 to participate. For more information, contact Trevor Funk at (620) 521-2916.
Ranch Rodeo — 7 p.m., at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The rodeo features traditional working cowboys competing and demonstrating skills used in everyday cattle ranching. Events include doctoring, mugging and penning.
“Praise in the Park” — 7 p.m., at Stevens Park. The Christian music concert will feature bands singing worship songs. The HOPE puppets will perform, and the Bible Christian Train will run. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at First Christian Church, 306 N. Seventh St.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Garden City Open tennis tournament — 9 a.m., at the Garden City High School tennis courts. Day three features mixed doubles starting.
Feedlot & Sponsors Team Roping, Barrel Racing & Riding — 10 a.m., at the Finney County Fairgrounds. Area feedyard employees and “townies” are invited to participate.
Co-ed 6’s Double Elimination Grass Volleyball Tournament — 2 p.m., on the West Lawn of Lee Richardson Zoo. Fee is $20 per player. Contact Jyme Cinnamon at (620) 253-1785 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
“Rely on the Revalor” Live Show — 9 a.m., at the Finney County Fairgrounds. Judge Chris Mullinix will handle the judging of the top steers and heifers. Mullinix serves as the livestock judging team coach and a faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at Kansas State University.
The Public Pick 5 — noon, at the Finney County Fairgrounds. The competition 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 Beef Empire Days Index of the five head determines 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 earn cash prizes. The youth winner will receive a duffle bag.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Sponsors Reception — 6 p.m., at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center. The event provides an opportunity to network with customers and clients while enjoying beef hors d’ oeuvres and cocktails. Contemporary western artist Bradley Chance Hays will be painting live. There also will be a people’s choice drawing, and everyone will be given a raffle ticket to put in their vote for what heifer they believe will have the highest BED Index Score. At the awards banquet, there will be three tickets pulled from the winning heifer, and the winners will win a beef bundle.
People’s Choice Auction — 8:30 p.m., at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center. The event includes the top 25 placing heifers from the Live Show, and the objective is to select the heifer with the highest BED index score. The top three heifers based on the index score will be paid.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Cattle working contest — 11:30 a.m., at Finney County Feedyard. The contest is open to all area processing crews and provides an opportunity to learn the newest trends and test the latest equipment in the industry. All participants will receive lunch. Entry forms are available at www.beefempiredays.com or by contacting the Beef Empire Days office.
FRIDAY, JUNE 8
Children’s Parade — 10:30 a.m., at the Finney County Public Library. The parades gives children the opportunity to walk, ride bikes, strollers, scooters or trikes and participate in a parade-like setting that includes prizes and free giveaways for all who participate. Children 12 and younger are invited, with no entry fee. Information is available by calling the library at (620) 272-3680.
Carcass Show — 2 p.m., at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant. The public is invited to view the carcasses. Judging by Gretchen Mafi, a professor and the Ralph & Leila Boulware Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science at Oklahoma State University, gets underway in the morning and continues throughout the day.
Awards Banquet — 6 p.m., at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center. The social hour begins at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the awards banquet. Guests will be served western Kansas beef and all the trimmings. Then, the Live and Carcass Show awards are presented, as well as awards for the Cattle Working Contest, Feeders Cattle Challenge, People’s Choice Auction, Public Pick 5, Ranch Rodeo and the Mary M. Hopkins Award for Volunteer Service. The Beef Empire Days Academic Scholarship recipients will be recognized, along with the Southwest Kansas CattleWomen academic scholarship winner.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
Commerce Bank Chuckwagons Breakfast — 6:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Stevens Park. Everyone is invited to the park for pancakes and beef sausage. The chef from Chris Cakes will be flipping pancakes onto your plate (and into the audience). It’s all-you-can-eat for only $3. All proceeds will be donated to Women of Purpose. Contact Donna Tanner at (620) 276-5711 for more information.
American State Bank Beef Empire Days Parade — 10:30 a.m., on Main Street in Garden City. “BEEF, 50 years strong!” is the theme for this year’s parade, traditionally the largest parade in town and expected to once again feature 100-plus entries. This year’s parade marshall is Harold J. Tuma, who judged the first Beef Empire Days Live and Carcass Show. For entry information, visit www.beefempiredays.com or contact the Beef Empire Days office at (620) 275-6807.
Chuckwagons at the Zoo — 11:30 a.m., at Lee Richardson Zoo. An old-fashion barbecue meal will be served for $1 a person. Enjoy the chuckwagon food, family entertainment and food vendors. Serving begins immediately following the parade.
Beef, Beer & Boots - Dancing in the Park — 4 to 11 p.m., in Stevens Park. Downtown Vision and Beef Empire Days have joined together to bring this new event filled with food, beer and music. Heroes Way will have food trucks with signature beef dishes competing for “Beef Empire Days Food Truck of 2018.” There will be a beer garden featuring Tecate and Tecate Light. Winners will be drawn for the 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 SLT and Treager Tailgater Grill with beef bundle. For more information, contact Downtown Vision at (620) 276-0891 or the Beef Empire Days office.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
Buffalo Dunes Beef Empire Days 4-person Golf Scramble — 8 a.m., at Buffalo Dunes. Action begins with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Register by calling the golf shop at (620) 276-1210.
Cattle Crawl — 4:30 p.m., starting at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center. Participants will meet at Samy’s Spirit and Steakhouse, board a bus and tour some of the finest local restaurants to sample some of their finest beef dishes.