Beef ‘n Fun starts new traditions

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-By Katie Zerr 

Changing tradition is sometimes a difficult decision and so it was for the Mobridge Beef ‘n Fun Committee, when it decided to end the annual free beef feed that has been a part of the celebration for 36 years.

After years of declining numbers for those who attended the feed, the committee decided to move in another direction. Although there will not be a free feed or ranch rodeo, the committee is still taking the weekend to thank people for coming into Mobridge to shop. That has been the purpose of the feed for the first 36 years and will continue to be so.

The committee decided instead of the feed, it would give away beef bundles, beef bucks and throughout the day at all of the events, beef stick and jerky.

There will be a drawing for the bundles, three $375 beef bundles and 40, $25-Beef ‘n Fun/Bonus Bucks prizes on Main Street between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. after the car show trophies are presented. In order to win the beef bundles, people need to be present at the drawing. There is no need to be present for the 40 other prizes to win.

There will be a registration form in the Reminder the week of the event. In an effort to level the playing field and give everyone a fair chance at winning the prizes, only these forms from the Reminder will be accepted. If a name is drawn on a copy of the form, it will be discarded.

The group, as always promoters of the beef industry in the area, will be handing out the beef sticks and jerky at many of the days’ events.

Those events include the Mobridge Regional Hospital 5K walk/run, The Harvest Festival and flea market at Klein Museum, American Legion Auxiliary breakfast, 13th Annual Wheels Unlimited Car Show, Motorcycle & Tractor Show, Music on Main by Bruce Redding, Judy Fiedler, and Co., kids games on Main Street, MYO youth football jamboree, Mobridge-Pollock volleyball tournament, 15th annual pet parade, third annual gun show at Scherr Howe Event Center, free movie at the Mac Theater (tentative), the kickball tournament, 10th annual fireman’s breakfast Sunday morning at fire hall and possibly a grilling contest.

“Beef ‘n Fun is one of my favorite community celebrations in Mobridge,” said Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce Director Haden Merkel.  “I love how it’s happening just as the construction work on Grand Crossing is being finished as well. It’s the perfect way to welcome the fall season and celebrate another summer in the books!”

The event continues to grow, with new additions to the festival each year. This year, there will be an expansion of kids’ games which includes the favorite kids’ stick horse relay and this year additional nostalgic games such as a pumpkin seed spitting contest, bobbing for apples, and a watermelon eating contest.

“The Beef ‘n Fun Festival was originally a thank you from Mobridge businesses to the customers who helped them survive during years when the bridge was being repaired,” said Merkel. “Now, it has even more significance–a thank you to customers that helped our Grand Crossing businesses through the last two years of construction!”

A full schedule of events will be published in upcoming editions of the Mobridge Tribune and Reminder.

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