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BBQ bash to raise money for NRFD

Barbecuing is, for the most part, a summer activity, but that is not stopping the Boardman Bypass and owner Mary Glieden from putting on a BBQ Bash on Saturday, Feb. 22, to help raise money for the New Richmond Fire Department.

“The winters are long here and anyone can barbecue in the summer when it is easier to do and warmer,” Glieden said. “Every year we try to do something to help raise money for a local organiza­tion and this year we just hap­pened to pick the New Richmond Fire Department.”

The barbecuing starts at 6 a.m. with a check-in while judging starts at 1 p.m. Competitors may only cook chicken or ribs and must sup­ply enough samples for all five judges, who will rank their top four teams to decide the winner. Up to 15 teams will compete in the competi­tion.

“This is the first year we’ve done a barbecue thing, but it should be a lot of fun for everyone involved,” said Boardman Bypass manager Erin Ofstedal. “It is also a good way to bring in cus­tomers and to eat some good food.”

Along with the barbecue contest, visitors will get the chance to enjoy sleigh rides from 1-4 p.m. and also listen to music throughout the day.

“We tried to find a thing for families to do and get out of the house for and I think everyone will have a good time at the BBQ Bash,” Glieden said. “We’ve been trying to get the word out every way we can, be it with posters around town and the area or on Facebook.”

Glieden and her staff took about two months to plan the bash, according to Ofstedal. Leading up to the competi­tion, Glieden and her staff will be busy getting every­thing ready to go for Saturday, including setting up the barbecue areas and get­ting things ready for the sleigh rides.

“We have a lot to do to get ready for the contest, includ­ing plowing the snow and a lot of other things,” Glieden said. “We are hoping to raise a good amount of money to donate to the fire department, and hopefully a lot of people will show up to help us out with that.”

The BBQ Bash also fea­tures a raffle, which starts at 1 p.m., and a grand prize to be awarded at 3 p.m. (the winner must be present to claim the prize). Donations will be accepted throughout the event and all the money raised at the event will be donated to the New Richmond Fire Department.

For more information on the event, visit the Boardman Bypass Winter BBQ Bash Facebook page at 513144912 or call the Bypass at 715-246-3553.

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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