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Brainerd Jaycees plan annual Street Fest Aug. 11

Rib-cooking, bands playing for cash prizes, food vendors and family activities highlight an event raising money for charity.

The 11th annual Brainerd Jaycees Street Fest on 7th is scheduled in downtown Brainerd on Aug. 11.

The event features a rib-cooking competition, battle of the bands, bean bag toss tournament, food vendors, family activities and live music from 11 a.m. to midnight.

A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to Lakes Area Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit that strives to build simple decent affordable housing.

Admission to the event is free as are many of the activities. There is a charge for the ribfest and the bean bag tournament.

The battle of the bands is back in its second year at Street Fest. Applications for Jaycees Battle of the Bands are being accepted until 10 spots are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each act selected to perform will be charged a $40 entry fee.

Awards will be presented to the top three acts. The first place award is a $1,000 gift certificate to the Bridge of Harmony and a trophy, second place is $300 cash with a trophy and third place will receive $100 cash accompanied by a trophy.

The Historic Downtown Brainerd businesses will once again host a carnival with games at various businesses in a format similar to the Downtown Walk-about events where contestants travel to participating businesses, play the games and get a stamp. Participant cards are entered for a chance to win a flat-screen TV.

As in years past, the night includes all-you-can-judge rib fest for $15. The Cub Foods Rib Fest begins at 7 p.m. and tickets sell out just about every year within 45 minutes. There are more than 10 teams pre-registered for the event and organizers are accepting no more than 20 teams. Applications are accepted until Aug. 1.

The Brainerd Jaycees provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. Established in 1936, this chapter of 170 people donates more than $200,000 and countless hours to the Brainerd lakes area community annually. For more information, or to register for the ribfest, battle of the bands, or bean bag tournament go to

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