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:

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/TSA Extension (931) 363-3523.

7pm Downtown Kick-Off Jamboree – Historic Courthouse Square

Local sports provide a great deal of entertainment for rural Tennesseans, and our community is no different. Join us as we gather on the Square to celebrate our small town lifestyle with a Jamboree featuring our high school football teams, bands, cheerleaders, students and families.

Friday:

7:30am Ag Impact Breakfast – Giles Co. 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/TSA Extension (931) 363-3523.

8am-5pm Day 2 Advanced Master Beef Producer Class – Giles Co. Agri-Park Volunteer Hall

Requirements for Day 2 will follow the event schedule for the day.

9:30am-Noon 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. Make a Reservation
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.

12pm-5pmProducer’s Field Day – Giles County Agri-ParkVendors sign up at Extension

More details pending… Program will feature forage equipment displays. Producers will have the opportunity to come and compare among the top forage equipment brands in this part of the country. Farmers looking for a new work truck can view the latest models form Chevrolet and Ford. Educational sessions with industry known speakers will be conducted.  Free educational information on beef and forage production will be available. Additional commercial exhibitors related to the beef and forage industry will be on hand to answer questions and discuss their products and services. AgriBusiness Vendors may reserve a booth by registering with the Giles County UT/TSA Extension (931) 363-3523.

5pm-7pm Cajuns Jerky Competition

We know many of you have a fine recipe for beef and venison jerky. See how it stands against a little competition at Cajuns! MORE INFORMATION
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.

7pm Farm-to-Table Dinner – Hillcrest Country Club

Enjoy a wonderfully fresh dinner prepared with local ingredients by local chefs and grill masters. Tickets include the farm-fresh steak dinner, two drinks, great service by your table host and acoustic music. Seating is very limited. BUY TICKETS

Saturday:

8am-10am Run the Rollin’ Hills Cross Country 5k & Kid’s Fun Run – Campbellsville United Methodist Church

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

7am–11am Steak & Egg Breakfast – Cajuns Restaurant

Run then eat. Eat then run. Either way, you have to eat breakfast. Make your way downtown to Cajuns on North First Street where the Future Farmers of America Alumni are serving up a hot breakfast including steak, eggs and biscuits for $7. Proceeds benefit FFA projects!

8am-10:30am Day 3 Advanced Master Beef Producer Class – Giles Co. Agri-Park Volunteer Hall
10am Cow Pie Bingo – Courthouse Gazebo

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

10am Free Beef Samples – Courthouse Gazebo

The Cattlemen’s Association will be cooking up different cuts and temps of beef for tasting… YUM!
11am Lookin’ So Bovine Cattle Parade – Register with Main Street Pulaski

Put your cattle and farm equipment on parade in Historic Downtown Pulaski at Here’s the Beef 2017’s “Looking So Bovine Cattle Parade”! You work hard to raise a beautiful Herd! It’s time to show them off, so bring your show

cattle and farm equipment to the square for a day of fun! Halter trained cattle only.  Each entry must have two handlers or showman.  Contact the Giles County Chamber of Commerce for more details at gilescountychamber.com or (931) 363-3789.
Noon – 5pm 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

1pm Tennessee Valley Elite Fall Heifer Sale – Giles County Agri-Park

For more information about the sale, please contact tnvalleyelite@gmail.com.