High-quality cattle from around the state and nation descended on Hutchinson this weekend.

Exhibitors from Kansas and beyond spent the weekend at the Kansas State Fairgrounds for the annual Kansas Beef Expo. The expo was established over 30 years ago, taking place in Wichita for some time before moving to Hutchinson.

“The purpose of the Beef Expo is to promote cattle and beef in Kansas,” Director Quint Huncovksy said. “It’s now one of the premier cattle events in the U.S., and especially the Midwest.”

The weekend included multiple shows, including youth and senior shows, as well as a sale show. The sale show was open to ranches and farms from all over the state and served as a showcase before an auction for the animals.

The expo also included a fitting clinic put on by Sullivan Supply, demonstrating how to prepare cattle for the show ring, followed by a fitting competition. Exhibitors and visitors could also look around Christmas in the Country, a vendor area.

With several events going on all weekend, there was no shortage of things for visitors to do, but Huncovsky said the youth show, which is open to 4-Hers and FFA members, is the main event.

“The biggest part is the junior show,” he said. “It has 16 states represented from as far away as California and Georgia, but also 4-H and FFA members from right here in Hutchinson.”

Huncovsky said folks come from all over to see the best of the best in quality of beef in Kansas.