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Gotta beef with that?


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)

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Beef: It’s what’s for lunch


(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.

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There’s the beef

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.