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: Bob Albert — the father of the Prime Beef Festival — stands third from left in this photo from the 1948 festival, in which a 1,200 pound steer was one of three roasted on the Public Square. Also pictured, from left, are John Hillen, Dr. O.E. Sterett, “Oly” Keister and Mayor Guy Pearson.

Festival pays homage to days when Illinois prime beef was king

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Until the early 1970s, billboards at the outskirts of Monmouth welcomed visitors to the “Prime Beef Center of the World.” Photo: Don Hitchcock

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