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 or by contacting the Beef Empire Days office.

When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday

Where: Finney County Feedyard


RCDC groundbreaking

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)

Cost: Free


Blushing Artiste

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.


Children’s parade

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


Carcass Show

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


Awards banquet

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.

Admission: $1.


Chuckwagons Breakfast

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 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.


Golf Scramble

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


Cattle Crawl

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.