The Yavapai Cattle Growers Association’s Annual Calf Sale and Barbecue has become a tradition for many longtime residents in the greater Prescott area over the past 77 years and is expected to draw quite a crowd today. Download the flier.
“The event began in 1933 as a way to raise money for the national organization—today known as The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association—which was, at the time, in danger of financial collapse,” according to YCGA President Paul Groseta.
“We’ve got plenty planned for this year’s event that should provide a good time for everyone who comes.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Steve Foglesong will be among those attending this traditional family gathering. And many other elected officials and political candidates have penciled in the event on their schedules to mingle with local residents showing up.
Activities began with the Maughan Ranch’s Quarterhorse sale and 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Clinic at 8 a.m. Western art, crafts, jewelry and industry information booths will open at 10 a.m.
Arizona Game & Fish in cooperation with Adobe Mountain Wildlife Rehab Center is providing a sport shooting trailer and an Arizona Wildlife Display. Adobe Mountain Wildlife will also be holding a live release of three American Kestrel Falcons.
Event the kids will likely want to check out include gold panning and mutton busting (for kids 60 pounds and under, weigh-in begins at 10:00 a.m.).
Other activities include a horseshoeing demonstration, KVRD radio live remote with Mark in the Morning, a quilt drawing to raise money for the Yavapai Cowbelle Scholarship and of course, some of the best BBQ beef in the state!
Lunch will be served from noon to 1:30 p.m., then the calf sale begins.
Take a scenic drive to beautiful Peeples Valley, bring a chair or blanket, spend the day at a historic ranch (formerly the Hays Ranch), meet a real cowboy, dig into some tasty barbecue and get to know your local, county, and state politicians and candidates.
From Prescott, take Highway 89 30 miles to Peeples Valley and Maughan Ranch West Fork, look for the white fencing and banners. You can’t miss it! Admission is free; the BBQ is $10 and $5 for children 12 and under.