Originally this event was "Fish-A-Rama" and it was held right before tourist season started. They cooked fish on the street and it sounded absolutely horrific, but someone got the clever idea to change it to something that actually smelled good, and that people wanted to eat, and Beef-A-Rama was born. Then they moved it to the end of the tourist season to try to attract some of the leaf peepers. The "Rump Roast Run" and the "Calf Mile" (kids' race) start the day's events with the winners being awarded huge raw rump roasts, but the big thing is the main street being taken over for businesses and organizations to cook large rump roasts. The judges drift through the event and are served samples of the roasts. The various businesses participating set up elaborate tasting tables for the judges and provide extra entertainment when the judges arrive.
|One of the chefs at work|
|The cow hats were a big thing with the visitors this year|
|Beef in a wagon on a plastic tub? Really folks, you could have done better|
|The Min-Aqua-Bats (a ski show team made up of junior high through college kids) carried their beef on a ski disk|
|Beef on the front of an ATV, a bit lazy there|
|Diving club guy walked the parade in flippers|
|Frisbee golf club hit a hole in one with their presentation|
|Yup, beef in an outhouse. I wonder who got their sandwiches.|
|Hawaiian themed beef traveling in style|
|Cows with a wheelbarrow|
|Mardi Gras themed team had this guy carry the beef on his head the whole way|
|Minocqua Winter Park reminds everyone what is coming|
|My favorite, the Men in Black with their beef dressed up as an alien|
We left after the parade so I don't have pictures of the beef sandwiches or the party that continues until 8 p.m. when they roll up the streets and send everyone home, or to the local bars to continue the fun until closing.