Vinita’s 37th Annual World’s Largest Calf Fry and Cook-Off Set for June 4

The Calf Fry Festival, featuring the delicacy of ranch culture, is gearing up to feed and entertain the crowds who will flock to this northeastern Oklahoma town on Saturday, June 4th. The festivities and cook-offs take place at the Craig County Fairgrounds, just south of I-44 in Vinita.
Sponsored by the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce, the festival’s highlight is the calf fry cooking competition. Other cook-offs include cowboy beans, cowboy breads and cobblers. “We have 15 cooking teams, so be sure to arrive early to cast your vote for the ‘People’s Choice Award”. This year, you can also purchase Calf Fry or Chicken nugget dinners inside an air conditioned building if you don’t want to wait in line for the tasting teams.
“Cuisines from cultures all around the world have their own delicacies for the adventurous traveler to sample, and the cuisine of rural and ranching communities is no different.” Judges at this year’s festival will include Chef Roshni Mansukhani-Gurnani winner of Food Networks Chopped. Chef Scott Irani and Lee Merrifield of Daddy Hinkle’s made in Oklahoma products. Come and see Chefs do cooking demonstration with Vendor products and our world famous calf fries!
Visitors interested in more than local food can enjoy entertainment ranging from crafts, cowboy games, and kids game, or maybe you would like to enter our talent contest. See our website for more information

The PBR Touring Pro division will be held that evening, with gates opening to public at 5:30PM. This event is held at the American Legion Rodeo grounds and includes entertainment for the entire family.
The Calf Fry Festival was started in 1979 by rancher/banker Jim Shelton, veterinarian Dr. John Myers, and insurance agent Larry Green. Over the years, it has continued to grow and attract visitors.
“Whether you call it a calf fry or a mountain oyster, you won’t want to visit northeast Oklahoma in June without stopping by the 37th Annual Calf Fry Festival & Cook-Off,”
General admission is free, and gates open at 11 a.m. Tasting admission is $10 at the gate, tasting begins at 12 noon, and runs until the fries are gone.
For additional information, contact the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce at 918.256.7133 or You may also visit the Facebook Page at

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