Weekend After Labor Day Annually
SEPTEMBER 8-10, 2016
Giles County is hosting a growing festival that is answering the question “Where’s the beef?” with Here’s the Beef: A Celebration of Giles County Beef Production. According to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, Giles County ranks third in the state for beef cattle production and creates an impressive $30 million annual impact on the local economy. The events cross three days and boast activities for businesses, families and students with a variety of interests.
Featuring These Events and More!
The event kicks off with a wonderfully fresh Farm-to-Table Dinner prepared with local ingredients by Smokley’s chef Ryan Yokley and grill masters from the Hickory House. Tickets are $50 per person, including the farm-fresh steak dinner, two drinks, great service by your table host and live music by Cam Blackburn. Get your tickets at the Chamber now, as seating is very limited. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30, seating begins at 6:30.
7:30am Friday begins shortly after the rooster crows with our Ag Impact Breakfast at the Giles County Agri-Park. The Young Farmers & Ranchers serve up a great meal with the help of the Farm Bureau Women as we discuss the economic vitality of the agriculture industry. You can also enjoy the Co-Op Beef Producer Expo throughout the day right next door.
10am It’s All Aboard for the Know Your Farms Tour to see the investment farmers make into their businesses and eventually the food on our tables. Departing from the Agri-Park, we will travel by charter bus to visit Mayfield Angus Farm, Buford Station Farm with lunch by Corner Pit BBQ, and an exclusive sneak peek at Big Creek Winery. Call the Chamber to reserve your spot for this FREE event!
5pm Friday closes with the Pulaski Stockyard Block Party and Slow-Motion Auction. The Stockyard Cafe is proud to introduce Chef Smiley to Giles County! Smiley is classically trained with over 15 years of experience and is excited to share his southern Cajun influences with the traditions of both the Stockyard Cafe and the Blue Bird Cafe. You are invited to meet Chef Smiley and enjoy a complimentary generous sampling of his Gumbo, Red Beans & Rice, and a Here’s the Beef special, the Beef Po’boy!
5:30pm Ever wonder how much can be done in less than a minute? They will pull back the reigns to see what is being judged, where the value is and how the sell is made. 6pm Live bluegrass with Grasstime on the patio! Doors open at 5pm. Cash Bar Available at Stockyard Cafe.
7:00am—10:00am Steak & Egg Breakfast (FUMC Fellowship Hall)
7:30am Stampede 5k Start
8:30am Poke Along Fun Run Start
9:00am Farmers & Artisans Market Opens featuring Maggie Moo’s Ice Cream Truck, Zero Gravity Bungee Trampoline, Face Painting, Custom HTB Hats, Kettlecorn, Homemade Jewelry, Wood Crafts, Metal Art, and Hand-Painted Items
10:00am Last Call for Cow Pie Bingo Tickets: What is Cow Pie Bingo, you ask? With a $10 donation to support our local programs and activities, you receive a Bingo Square inside the pen of a tired, full-belly bull. Our judge will note the first square to receive a Cow Pie, and that, my friend, earns $1,000! Tickets are on sale now at the Chamber. You do not have to be present to win.
10:00am Baker Agency’s NASCAR Nationwide #88 Race Car Experience Opens
10:00am-11:00am Pulaski Performing Arts Center Exhibition
10:00am UT Extension Beef Exhibits & Children’s Area Opens
10:00am-12:00pm Cattleman’s Association Free Beef Samples
10:30am Cow Released for Cow Pie Bingo
10:30am Burger Boulevard opens featuring Kathy’s Tavern Famous Burgers, Smokley’s Brisket Tacos, Legends Roadhouse Burgers, and Reeves Two-Burger Special
12:30pm Cornhole Tournament Bracket Closes
1:00pm Cornhole Tournament Begins
1:00pm Live Music at Tennessee’s Largest Tailgate Begins with Campbell Station, the perfect blend of exceptional styles and talents that showcases its member’s strengths to create country/rock music that is truly special. Performing, writing and recording, Campbell, Elaina and Seth have a growing legion of fans for their excellent sound and energetic performances. Recent shows include Chattanooga’s Riverbend Festival, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, and Puckett’s.
2:30pm Boys, he’s coming home! Giles County’s own CHRIS SHRADER is bringing his high-energy show from Nashville’s Broadway to Downtown Pulaski for Here’s the Beef! Although these major venues are a blast to play in and have garnered him many fans, Chris is excited to share his show with his home-town crowd of all ages. Bring the whole family and your lawn chairs to the Square for this free show at Here’s the Beef.