By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The Seward County Five State Fair is about a month and a half away, and one returning event will have more activity this year.
Fair organizers have moved this year’s National Beef Hamburger Cook-off from Saturday to Sunday, and the event will take place during the Fiesta Day Celebration on the last Sunday of the fair.
The cook-off will feature three different categories of cooking – appetizer, main course and chili with a Mexican flair.
“So if you have a great family recipe, Dad’s favorite chili or a special taco, enchilada or casserole dish, then you better join us for the cook-off,” said Fiesta coordinator Ada Linenbroker.
A $10 entry fee gets contestants a 10-pound roll of hamburger from National Beef and a Fiesta T-shirt. The contest is judged by the people’s choice vote with a $3 donation to the United Way.
“The public will receive a plate, eating utensils and voting cards to vote for their favorite dish in each category,” Linenbroker said. “The winning dishes will be selected, and a first, second and third place winners will win beef bundles from National Beef.”
Linenbroker encourages everyone to come out to the Fiesta at 1 p.m. on Aug. 5 and to try one of the 25 different dishes and some great Mexican food.
“Last year’s cook-off had more than 150 people come out and try the different dishes and had a really hard time deciding which dishes were best from party meatballs, great meat loaf or hamburger brownies,” she said. “It was a great event to raise money for the United Way and enjoy some great food for just $3.”
Those coming to the Fiesta can stay and enjoy the chili pepper eating contest, kids games, pinatas and a tamale making contest.
“We will also have other music and entertainment to finish up the fiesta,” Linenbroker said. “There will also be appearances by the Seward County Fair Queen and other Liberal and county royalty.”