HARRODSBURG - Beef: it's what's for summer - at least in early June in Mercer County. This year's Fort Harrod Beef Festival celebrates Kentucky's beef industry with a bigger and more varied festival than in past years, making it a perfect way to spend a summer weekend, according to event organizers.
The festival, which is a collaborative effort between Mercer County, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension and local businesses and residents, kicks off at 5 p.m. June 2 with the Cattle Crawl, a progressive dinner where diners will enjoy appetizers at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, then move to Clouds Country Cookin' for the salad course. Then, it's on to The Beaumont Inn for an entre of steak tips in a red wine demi-glaze, ending at the Alamo Steak House for a dessert of chimichanga cheesecake or flan.
That just whets the whistle for a weekend full of activities suitable for the entire family, said event co-chair LeMayne Ellis. The festival really gets under way June 5 with everything from Baby, Tiny and Little Mr. and Miss Pageants, monster truck rides, a wine and cheese tasting, and the first annual "Itty Bitty Burger Battle," in which area chefs compete in making multiple tasty, tiny burgers from one pound of ground beef.