There were plenty of beef roasts, one Weinermobile and lots of visitors.
It's the last description that makes the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce folks happy. The 49th annual Beef-A-Rama celebration found large crowds and generally good weather with a bit of rain.
Director Kim Baltus...
"....Beef-A-Rama was good. We were able, again, to close the streets in downtown Minocqua. It makes for a really nice pedestrian-friendly event. People can move all throughout the town, feel very safe, get to the vendors and roasters and to the downtown merchants as well..."
The event was designed as a way to thank summer visitors for their business, but has emerged into on the regions larger fall events says events coordinator Beth Wetzler...
"....it's amazing. Although it's a 49-year-old local festival, but it's gone far beyond that. We not only get local people but from all over the Midwest that have heard about it. Last year we even had some international coverage so its quite well known for a little town in the Northwoods...."
Baltus felt about 10,000 visitors stopped by. The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile led the Parade of Beef Saturday and she says the Weinermobile was a kid magnet and helped raise money for Special Olympics.
Wetzler says some special things are planned for the 50th Beef-A-Rama next year.