Cattle working Contest
What: The Beef Empire Days Cattle Working 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.
When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday
Where: Finney County Feedyard
What: Russell Child Development Center will break ground on a $5 million, 22,000-square-foot building. The event is open to the public. The new structure will be the future location of RCDC’s main office.
When: 4:30 p.m. Thursday
Where: 2735 N. Jennie Barker Road (behind Tractor Supply)
What: Bring your friends to Garden City Arts and have a glass of wine and light hors d’oeuvres while creating a painting that you can take home at the end of the night. No previous art experience is needed as the instructor will provide easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. Participants will paint on 14-by-18 stretched canvases. Participants must be 21 or older.
When: 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday
Where: Garden City Arts, 318 N. Main St.
Cost: $35 for non-members or $30 for Garden City Arts members. The organization requires payment upon enrollment. To reserve a spot, contact the gallery at (620) 290-9700.
What: The Beef Empire Days Children’s Parade 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.
When: 10:30 a.m. Friday
Where: Finney County Public Libray
Contact: Call the library at (620) 272-3680
What: The public is invited to view the beef carcasses as part of the Beef Empire Days Carcass Show. 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.
When: 2 p.m. Friday
Where: Tyson Fresh Meats
What: Kansas beef and all the trimmings will be served at the Beef Empire Days awards banquet. The Live and Carcass show awards will be 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.
When: 6 p.m. Friday
Where: Clarion Inn & Conference Center, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.
Garden City Farmers Market
What: The first Farmer's Market of the year, featuring a variety of home-grown produce, hand-crafted items and homemade foods for sale.
When: 7 a.m. to noon Saturday
Where: Parking lot of Westlake Hardware, 1210 Fleming St.
Harvest Flea Market
What: Harvest Flea Market combines a farmers market and flea market experience, with 300 spaces for vendors offering food, furniture, artwork and more.
When: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The flea market dates run May through October.
Where: The west end of the Finney County Fairgrounds parking lot.
What: Commerce Bank Chuckwagons Breakfast, as part of Beef Empire Days. 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 $3. All proceeds will be donated to Women of Purpose.
When: 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Stevens Park
Contact: Donna Tanner at (620) 276-5711.
Beef Empire Days Parade
What: "BEEF, 50 years strong!" is the theme for this year’s American State Bank Beef Empire Days parade, expected to feature 100-plus entries. This year’s parade marshal is Harold J. Tuma, who judged the first Beef Empire Days Live and Carcass Show.
When: 10:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Main Street
Contact: For entry information, visit www.beefempiredays.com or contact the Beef Empire Days office at (620) 275-6807.
Chuckwagons at the Zoo
What: 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.
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: West Green of Lee Richardson Zoo
Kansas Cruisers Car Show
What: The show will include various classic cars.
When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday
Where: Samy’s Spirits and Steakhouse, 1911 Kansas Ave.
What: Buffalo Dunes Beef Empire Days 4-person Golf Scramble.
When: 8 a.m. Sunday, with shotgun start
Where: Buffalo Dunes Golf Course
Contact: The golf shop at (620) 276-1210
What: Beef Empire Days Cattle Crawl 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.
When: 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: starting at the Clarion Inn, 1911 E. Kansas Ave.