Calling all carnivores

By Vicki Hyatt | Jun 30, 2013
Photo by: Mountaineer file photo


All beef lovers should mark their calendar for Saturday, July 13, because that’s when the Haywood County Cattlemen’s Association’s annual Summer Beef Roast fundraiser is scheduled.

The $10 tickets provide an  “all you can eat” dinner of succulent beef that’s been roasted for 20 hours, beans, slaw, a roll, drink and dessert.

Association members gather the evening before the event to dredge the meat in a special rub and double wrap them in foil before they are carefully arranged in an oversized cooker used for occasions just such as this.

The special seasoning recipe was developed years ago, and is one that is shared with no one, not even the members who put it together.  For the past several years, Tony McGaha and Neal Stamey have been the “keepers of the recipe.” McGaha knows half of the ingredients and Stamey knows the other half. Each brings the ingredients to a “mixing session” in disguised containers so that a total of 50 pounds or so of the seasoning is ready for use.

The Saturday event will mark the 30th Haywood County Cattlemen's Association beef roast.

The food always gets rave reviews, but even better, all of the proceeds raised from the $10 tickets go toward livestock programs and scholarships for students.

The dinner is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Tuscola High School.

“Usually we’ll serve close to 2,000 people,” said McGaha, one of the organizers of the event. “It’s just one of the highlights of the year for Haywood County and for people to get together.”

Tickets are being sold by members of the Cattlemen’s Association board of directors, and they can be purchased at the Haywood County Extension office on Raccoon Road. Those who buy tickets in advance can avoid some of the long lines the night of the event. Call McGaha at 456-3575 for more information.