Nebraska Beef Council’s Beef Pit 27th year at state fair
The first year of the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island was a great year for the Nebraska Cattlemen to celebrate 27 years of the Beef Pit. The new Beef Pit facilities and Grand Island location was a hit. The Beef Pit utilized over 11,500 pounds of meat this year, serving almost 25,000 sandwiches to hungry fairgoers. This equates to 1 sandwich every 16 seconds over the course of the fair. The prior record for meals served was in 1997 with 16,300 meals served.
The Beef Pit would never be a success without the help of nearly 300 volunteers. Thanks to all of those hard working Nebraska Cattlemen Affiliates, industry partners, university students and other community individuals for your time and effort. Another thank you goes out to sponsors and donors: Aurora Cooperative, Aurora; Agri Affiliates Inc., North Platte, Kearney, Gering; Briggs Feed Yard, Seward; Certified Angus Beef, LLC; Nebraska Corn Board; Nebraska Corn Growers Association; Rolling; Stone Feed Yard, Ainsworth; Skeeter Barnes, Lincoln, Kearney, Columbus; and T & E Cattle Company, Grand Island.
The Nebraska Cattlemen Beef Pit restaurant at the State Fair promotes Nebraska beef and beef producers by offering great beef meals at very affordable prices. The main menu items were prime rib, roast beef, BBQ beef sandwiches and beef hotdogs. The hot item on the menu was the prime rib sandwich or the prime rib meal.
Proceeds from the Beef Pit have been used to endow youth scholarships with the Nebraska Cattlemen Research and Education Foundation. The first scholarship endowed was the Donovan Yoachim Memorial scholarship in honor of Mr. Yoachim’s work on establishing the Beef Pit and for his beef promotion efforts.
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