The first sign is the sight and smell of smoke wafting up behind the Washington Capitol. Then you notice a small group of men wearing Stetsons getting a large grill ready for cooking.
Could it be? Yes, Thursday is Beef Day! For Capitol Campus carnivores, it’s a highlight of any legislative session. For one thing, you get a free and tasty lunch.
The annual event, hosted by the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, was scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. between the Legislative Building and JLOB.
Beef Day has been a longtime tradition in Olympia. This 1962 photo (below) kept by the State Archives shows Gov. Rosellini in his office with a Beef Princess and a platter of roast beef. The photo comes from the Susan Parish Photograph Collection, 1889-1990.
(Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives)
(Photo courtesy of Benjamin Helle)
Maybe it was seeing the cattlemen in their cowboy hats. Maybe it was getting a savory whiff of meat on the barbeque. Or maybe it was just knowing that a tasty lunch was available – for free.
Next to sine die, Beef Day is one of the most anticipated days of the legislative session, and this year’s lunch was a smoking success, attracting hundreds of legislators, staffers, lobbyists and visitors to the Hill Thursday.
The popular annual event is sponsored by the Washington Cattlemen’s Association.
It’s that annual event during legislative session in which carnivores rejoice and vegetarians avoid.
It’s Beef Day.
The state Cattlemen’s Association is cooking up a BBQ between the Legislative Building and Cherberg Building on Thursday between noon and 3 p.m. As you can see in the photo, the cattlemen were already cranking up the grill this morning in preparation.