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The Beef-A-Rama app has the most up-to-date information on this year’s event. Download the app or visit
Dean hall/lakeland times

The Beef-A-Rama app has the most up-to-date information on this year’s event. Download the app or visit
The ever-growing, one-of-a-kind Beef-A-Rama will take over downtown Minocqua this weekend.

Beef-A-Rama has been underway for more than 50 years, pulling in some 40,000 people, according to Minocqua Chamber of Commerce executive director Krystal Westfahl.

“This is really a chance for us to give back and say thanks to the community and tourists for a great season,” Westfahl observed.

Main events are between The Boathouse to past Torpy Park. Entertainment is primarily downtown on Front and Chicago streets and at Torpy Park. 

Roasters begin before dawn Saturday. Morning kicks off with the Rump Roast Run along Lake Minocqua. Also featured are live music, a craft show, cow pie plop contest, concessions, bouncy houses, petting zoo, non-profit vendors, kids’ beef eating competition, raffles, vendors, beef eating contest and the Stampede of Roasters (formerly the roaster parade) down main street toward Torpy Park where winners are 

announced. There also is a beer garden, live radio broadcast, dunk tank, corn roasts, awards and more.

The Prime Choice Craft Show typically includes around 111 vendors with a variety of handcrafted and artisan items of every sort.

Culinary Contest

The contest now has five roasters slots: woodsmoke, charcoal, woodfire, gas and slow cooker. There are 15 roasts in each category and each has their own judge. The culinary competition is based on appearance, taste and originality, Westfahl said. 

Roasters signed up for the year include: 

Charcoal: Redman Realty, Lakeland Little League, Lakeland Area Bus Group, J Christy’s, JJ’s Acres, Otto’s, Trigs, Fresher Delights, Aquatic Plant Management, Nails/Lost in the Woods, Re/Max Property Pros and Leisure City.

Gas: Cross Country Cruisers, Omni Clothing, Best Western, River Valley Bank, Ross Sportswear, Avanti Health Services, Lake Tomahawk Lions Club, Coldwell Banker and the Beacons of Minocqua. 

Nesco/Crockpot: Trig’s Bakery, Imaginuity, Kilwins Minocqua, US Bank, Snowmobile Hall of Fame and the Howard Young Foundation. 

Wood fire: Ryden Marine, Bear Naked Beach, Minocqua Gun Club, Minocqua Winter Park, Minocqua Popcorn and Fireside Hearth and Home. 

Roasters have the chance to win money. There also is a people’s choice award, best snack award and award for best costume. 


Several options are offered to Beef-A-Rama enthusiasts. Main hubs for shuttling ($5 per person, all day rides) include Trig’s RV Parking, Lakeland Union High School and Builders First Source as well as the newly added Nimsgern Funeral. Shuttle runs continuously between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. 


The Beef-A-Rama app is in its second year. It features the most up-to-date information. 

For more information, visit or download the Beef-A-Rama smartphone app.