BBQ to film festival winner, beef was a big hit at the Oregon State Fair in 2011

Salem, Ore., September 9, 2011 – The Umatilla County Cattlemen, wearing Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner aprons, barbequed seasoned tri-tip, at the Umatilla County exhibit during the Oregon State Fair on Ag Day, Saturday, September 3rd. Seasoned and marinated overnight, tri-tip samples were handed out to 1,200 state fair visitors from all over Oregon, who had plenty of questions to ask about the beef industry and the beef provided that day. “This is really good!” was expressed throughout the day by many of the attendees; in fact, I Love Beef stickers and pins were also being handed out left and right to kids and adults alike. Randy and Beth Mills, Ian Murdock (Umatilla County Cattlemen’s President), Hulette Johnson and Karl (past Umatilla County Cattlemen President) with daughter, Kylee Jensen represented Umatilla County at the fair.

Painted Hills Natural Beef held their 4th Annual Backyard Grilling Contest the Saturday before. Finalists from county fairs across the state of Oregon were represented and participated in this competition with Team Pratt from Morrow County earning the title for 2011. Tasty Tator Todd from Wheeler County finished second with JC’s BBQ from Yamhill County in third place.

The first Annual Down to Earth Film Festival brought in more than a hundred viewers of the seven film finalists. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) video Ranchings Commitment to Wildlife from the Land of Contrasts series took home first place by the judges’ vote. President, Bill Hoyt and wife Sharon, President-Elect, Curtis Martin and wife Cheryl, Executive Director, Kay Teisl and Administrative Assistant, Katy Wunsch attended the event.

The nine minute video showcases the efforts made by cattlemen across the state that benefit the wildlife, as 70 % of wildlife makes private lands their home. One example featured in the DVD, includes the recovery of the Columbian White Tail Deer from the Endangered Species List due, in large part, to conservation efforts by ranchers in Douglas County. Oregon’s cattle ranchers help provide what Oregonians value in quality of life, and they are on the front lines of everything that is important to our state. Clips from the award winning video can be viewed at, is also available for purchase and provided free for educators to use in their classrooms.

Bill Hoyt, President of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, expressed thanks for the honor, relaying that cattlemen in the state are grateful to share what they do every day for their cattle and wildlife, with all Oregonians.

All in all, Agriculture Day at the Oregon State Fair proved to be a successful one for the beef industry and hit a home run with fair attendees. For questions on beef, how cattle are raised, what cuts to buy or how to prepare it, contact the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association or the Oregon Beef Council.