Southern Middle Tennessee Prepares for State Beef Festival

What began as a county initiative to celebrate a high state rank in beef production has quickly grown into a regional and state celebration of agriculture as not only a business but also a lifestyle to live, support and respect.

Here’s the Beef is an agriculture pride brand that reaches much further than the borders of Giles County. Beef producers, farmers and even respectful consumers enjoy showing support for this great industry. Coupled with a strong state pride in the popularity of displaying Tennessee’s Three Stars, the Here’s the Beef logo can be seen on trucks, tractors, shirts, hats, coolers, cups and much more.

“We are very excited to take our Here’s the Beef brand across our great state for Tennessee’s State Beef Festival! This pride in agriculture is contagious, and we are ready to spread the word that Tennessee is serious about beef,” says Committee Chair and Chamber CEO Jessie Parker.

 

The events vary from educational to social to community vitality and tourist development. Here’s the lineup so far:

 Wednesday:

7:30am Ag Impact Breakfast – Agri-Park Volunteer Hall

Organized by the Extension Service, USDA Farm Service Center and Farm Bureau, this event brings together agencies, organizations and businesses from a variety of industries to focus on the impact the Agriculture industry has on the economy. This full breakfast with many Pick TN Products is prepared and served by the Young Farmers & Ranchers with tablescapes and décor by the Farm Bureau Women. Make a reservation by calling the UT/TSU Extension (931) 363-3523.

8am-1pm CO-OP Beef Producer’s Expo – located adjacent to the Agri-Park

Our local CO-OP continues its dedication to its customers with an in-house Expo.

Thursday:

5:00pm-9pm Day 1 Advanced Master Beef Producer Class – Giles Co. Agri-Park Volunteer Hall

Don’t miss this rare opportunity achieve a 3-day certification rather than tire through the month-long process! The cost with current BQA Certificate is $100.To update BQA at the same time is $200. Sign up by registering with the Giles County UT/TSU Extension (931) 363-3523.

5:30pm Block Party & Chili Cook-Off – Historic Courthouse Square

The 28th Annual Giles Chamber Chili Cook-Off is Thursday, October 4th with Here’s the Beef’s Block Party.

Richland Raiders Football plays Cornersville and Giles County Bobcats play Marshall Co.! Let’s get them pumped up with a beef at the border Pep Session!

LIVE MUSIC will take us into the night to kick-off a fun-filled weekend and our local school Fall Break!

Chili Cook-off tickets are adults $7, children $3 for all the taste chili, cornbread, drinks and cookies, while supplies last of course. This is event is one of two annual fundraisers for the Chamber. From these proceeds, we are proud to contribute $1,000 to Martin Methodist’s Giles County Scholarship.

Tickets and Entry: https://gilescountychamber.com/calendar/#id=1365&cid=1133&wid=1701

Friday:

8am-5pm Day 2 Advanced Master Beef Producer Class 

Stockman’s Workshop – live demonstration on horseback of low stress cattle handling with Kevin Thompson, Director of the UT Middle Tennessee Research & Education Center. The class will join the Farm Tour for the afternoon session.

1pm Area Farm Tour

The Farm Tour is a free trip to three area farms aboard a motor coach. Sites include seed stock operations, row crop operations and feed lot operations. The tour departs from the Agri-Park Volunteer Hall. Space is limited.

Reservations: https://gilescountychamber.com/calendar/#id=1174&cid=1133&wid=1701

6pm Stockyard Special Sale

The Pulaski Stockyard’s main focus is to be a full service facility to all cattle producers and to max out the value for livestock from 1 to 1000 head. The First Friday Special Sale is very popular locally. For more information, contact pulaskistockyard@att.net or (931) 424-8389.

6:30pm Farm-to-Table Dinner – Second Street, Downtown Pulaski

Join us for a wonderfully, fresh Family Style meal made exclusively with local meat and produce. Seating is very limited due to the nature of our resources. Tickets are $50 each.

Just imagine Hickory House’s Jonathan Perry on the grill cooking some fine steaks with Chef Smiley from Pulaski Stockyard Cafe preparing fresh veggies and yummy taters. We’ll be talking a lot about this beef. For now, trust us. You will not want to miss it! We’re also dreaming about the South’s best SunDrop Cake!!!

Tickets: https://gilescountychamber.com/calendar/#id=1174&cid=1133&wid=1701

Saturday:

8am Run the Rolling Hills 5k & Fun Run

The scenic cross country course displays the beautiful countryside of Southern Middle Tennessee.The 5K and 1 Mile courses will be fun yet challenging as they wind through the rolling hills of Campbellsville. The 5K course is a 3.1 mile loop with a couple sections of out and back. The Kids Fun Run course is a 1 mile out and back. https://www.racesonline.com/events/RunTheRollingHills5k

9am-Noon Field Day & Day 3 Advanced Master Beef Producer Class

Day 3 will include a Field Day hosted with the Giles County Cattleman’s Association at the Giles County Agri-Park. The public is welcome to attend.

9am AGRILYMPICS

In the first statewide agrilypmic games, two-man teams will compete for overall cash prizes in multiple events testing their skills and knowledge for what it takes to make it in the Ag world. Do you have the mental and physical ability to make our podium?  Call the Chamber to qualify (931) 363-3789!

11am What’s Your Beef?

Are you a true Southern storyteller or just a big liar? Do you have some “beef” you need to get off your chest (with humor of course)? Well, your time has come. Get on the steps of the Courthouse with our microphone and tell it. We’ll all be listening!

11am Cow Pie Bingo

With a $10 donation to the cause, you receive a bingo square inside the pen of a tired, full-bellied bull. Our judge will note the first square to receive a Cow Pie, and that square wins the pot of money… up to $1,000! Call or visit the Chamber of Commerce to reserve your lucky square!  (931) 363-3789

Tickets: https://gilescountychamber.com/calendar/#id=1174&cid=1133&wid=1701

9am-Noon Kids Activities

Let them be cowboys! The UT/TSU Extension will have fun stuff for the kids to test their farm skills!

10am-11am Free Beef Samples 

The Cattlemen’s Association will be cooking up different cuts and temps of beef for tasting… YUM!

1pm Campbellsville Heritage Festival – The Campbellsville Heritage Festival is annual event held on the 1st Saturday in October in Giles County, Tennessee. The festival activities include games, food, music, arts & crafts, historical displays & presentations, and numerous vendors. The festival is FREE! Vendor Information http://campbellsvilletn.com/vendor.htm

6pm Party at the ‘Yard

Join us for a Party at the ‘Yard… the Stockyard that is. Chef Smiley will have fine fixins on the menu, cold drinks in the cooler and live music on the patio.