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Tri-City Senators Honor Cowboys and Cowgirls in Olympia

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Capitol campus staff and visitors got a change to enjoy around 500 pounds of tri-tip beef sandwiches on Thursday in honor of "Beef Day." Capitol campus staff and visitors got a change to enjoy around 500 pounds of tri-tip beef sandwiches on Thursday in honor of "Beef Day."

OLYMPIA, WA - Capitol campus staff and visitors got a change to enjoy around 500 pounds of tri-tip beef sandwiches on Thursday in honor of "Beef Day."

Beef Day is an annual event hosted by the Washington Cattlemen's Association to promote cattle, ranching, and dairy industries in the state.

Earlier on Thursday, Tri-City Senators Sharon Brown and Mike Hewitt welcomed the cattlemen and paid special tribute to cowboys and cowgirls with a resolution celebrating the "National Day of the Cowboy" on the fourth Saturday in July.
 
"The Cattlemen have fed crowds in Olympia on ‘Beef Day' for at least the past seven years," said Hewitt, GOP-Walla Walla. "It's a day that everyone looks forward to each year. The cattle industry is a major economic driver for some of our communities in the 16th District, and ranchers and cattle hands are some of the hardest working people I know."
 
Brown, who introduced the resolution, agreed.
 
"Cowboys are a long-standing tradition, not only in this state, but for our county," said Brown, R-Kennewick. "They teach us a lot of great fundamental ethics about honesty, hard work and dedication. We have more than 9,000 cowboys who are actively participating here in Washington. That is a huge economic driver for our state and it was an honor to be able to recognize that contribution on the floor of the Senate.
 
"I want to thank each and every one of our state's cattlemen and ranchers, and especially thank our Benton-Franklin Fair Rodeo princesses and queen, who were in the gallery for the resolution."
 
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