MAGNOLIA, AR - The 25th Annual Magnolia Blossom Festival is underway, featuring Saturday's 24th Annual World Championship Steak Cook-Off.
Organizers say this year's festival is sure to be grand.
Food vendors started setting up this morning for lunchtime crowds.
The craft show & sale starts at noon today and the Magnolia Arts Annual Art Show is open from noon until 8 o'clock tonight.
The Magnolia Jr. Charity League's Puppet Show, "Sleeping Beauty" will be held at the Magnolia Arts Building (116 S. Washington) with shows at 5:00 & 7:00 tonight.
There's also the Blossom Beef Challenge Steak Eating Contest at 7:00 tonight in the food court area.
The Dixie Tradition performs at the Farmers Bank West Stage at 8 o'clock in a free outdoor concert.
On Saturday morning, the Blossom Festival Parade of World Championship Steak Cook-Off chefs will begin at 10 o'clock at University Plaza and then will make it's way down Main Street to the Magnolia Square where the cooks will begin setting up for the afternoon's competition.
Festival officials say they were recently notified by America the Beautiful, America's Destination Marketing Agency, that the event has been selected as one of the Top 10 events of Arkansas.
If you go, you'll enjoy the aroma of the grills as 70 cooking teams compete for $4,000, the Governor's Cup and tremendous bragging rights. The total prize money awarded is $10,000. More than 35-hundred 16-ounce ribeye steaks will be served over a 30 minute period on Saturday.
Admission is free.
Click here for a list of other festival associated events.
Click here for the festival's website and click here for its Facebook page.
Festival Guide from the Magnolia Reporter.
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