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55th Beef-A-Rama a success

October 04, 2019 by Kayla Houp

For 55 years, the Minocqua Beef-A-Rama event has brought the fun, and the beef, to downtown Minocqua.

This past year was no different as the 55th annual Beef-A-Rama event drew thousands in for the unique, one-of-a-kind, one-day event, and it may have just been the biggest one yet.

“We’re figuring this is probably the biggest one,” Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Krystal Westphal said. “It was well past the 15,000. We’re still doing initial tallies, but we were certainly approaching 20,000 people in town.” 

The event underwent some changes this year, mostly to accommodate for the growth of the event.

This year, roasters were moved to the middle of the street while the “Stampede of Roasters parade that typically went through downtown Minocqua was removed from the event schedule.

“We saw some big success when it came to the downtown roaster layout. We had a lot of really good compliments from our visitors and guests that it made it easier to get into different stores and to be able to walk around,” Westphal said.

Westphal said the decision to not host the parade was partially out of a safety concern for attendees, as well as consideration for downtown business owners.

“The event is so successful and there are so many people in town, that it’s making it very difficult, one for mobility purposes, to actually do a parade and two, for the safety of the people,” Westphal said. 

Though the parade was absent this year, Westphal considered the event a success that continues to grow every year.

“We’re just excited that we still have this growth,” she said.

While the main event is only one day a year, planning for Beef-A-Rama is a nearly year-round commitment.

“It’s something that we really enjoy. It takes a lot of work, but it’s something that we look forward to every year,” Lakeland Rotary member Fritz Wotruba said.

Lakeland Rotary is just one of several businesses and organizations making up the Beef-A-Rama committee overseeing and plan’s each year’s event.

“It’s such a great anchor to the end of the summer season, and it’s something that’s really turned into quite a tradition for our town,” he said.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]

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