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1st Annual Bacon and Beer Festival
Saturday, May 31, 2014 | 2:00 - 7:00 pm
The Sanford Center Parking Lot

For the first time ever, the Sanford Center and United Way
are proud to present the "August Schell Brewery & Bernick’s - 1st Annual United Way Bacon & Beer Fest", to be held on Saturday May 31st from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm in the Sanford Center parking lot just before the Bemidji Axemen battle the Texas Revolution in the arena at 7:00 pm. With a portion of the proceeds benefiting the United Way, we invite you to join this inaugural event where everything becomes BACON!

This event spectacular will feature Bemidji’s best bacon purveyors including Tutto Bene’s, Cattails Bar & Grill, Lueken’s, Dickey’s BBQ, and more, displaying, sampling, and selling a multitude of bacon inspired products, while patrons enjoy a unique collection of national microbrews. In honoring bacon in all its glory, Bacon Fans will enjoy a unique variety of entertainment including The Bemidji Cooperative Association Pig Races, The Moondance Jam Battle of the Bands, the Lueken’s Monster Bacon Cheeseburger Challenge, and the August Shell Best Bacon Dish Contest – Winners will receive cash prizes.

August Schell Best Bacon Dish - Each participating vendor will have the chance to win a cash prize for their most creative bacon dish. Celebrity judges will determine the winners based upon a variety of categories.

Bemidji Cooperative Association Pig Races - It's fun for the whole family  with two full rounds of the best professional pig racing in Minnesota! This interactive, entertaining activity will have you wishing for more!

Leuken's Monster Bacon Cheeseburger Challenge - Ten lucky contestants will be chosen to participate in this halftime event. 1 lb Bacon Cheeseburger with a 1/2 lb of fries and coleslaw - 10 minutes - winner receives $50.00 gift card to Lueken's, a trophy, and bragging rights! Entry details available at Lueken's North or South, or online at www.luekens.com

Moondance Jam Battle of the Bands - Five groups will have a chance to battle it out for cash awards going to the top three and Moondance Jam tickets! Click here for details.


Evergreen Youth and Family Services' 2014 Conference

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conference information

Congratulations to the Bemidji area for a successful 2013 community campaign, raising $400,107.91!

United Way of Bemidji Area Advances the Common Good, creating a meaningful difference in the lives of area children, youth, aging adults and their caregivers, people in crisis and people with mental and physical disabilities by focusing on the building blocks for a good life:

Education - helping children, youth and young adults achieve their full potential

Income - promoting financial stability and independence

Health - improving people’s health and social well-being, and strengthening basic need/crisis services