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Patriots Day event in Worden to feature BBQ, 5K, Wiffle ball

The village of Worden will host its fifth annual “Patriots Day” celebration at Worden Community Park, 419 E. Kell St., on Saturday, Sept. 17.

New this year, will be a 5K race on Saturday, Sept. 17 to benefit the charity, Burn Camp. The camp is overseen by the non-profit Illinois Fire Safety Alliance, which holds annual camp outings for children who have been a victim of fire burns. Register at active.com. Cost is $35. Pre-race check-in will begin at 8 a.m. Be sure to bring your IDs and waivers to the check-in tables. Participants will be able to pick up their race packet when they check-in.

The “Worden Wiffle War 2” will run from noon to 6 p.m. Teams of four will play a Wiffle ball tournament. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of two games. Cost is $40 per team. There will be awards for winning teams. For more information on the tournament, call Rob Werden at (618) 888-2862 or Frank Dickerson at (618) 459-7365.

There will also be live music, kids activities, and the day closes with fireworks.

Also included at Patriots Day will be the “Keep Calm and BBQ” cook-off, which is sanctioned by the St. Louis BBQ Society. Festival-goers will also be able to purchase competition barbecue on Saturday.

There will be $4,000 up for grabs in the BBQ competition, which will feature four meats: brisket, chicken, ribs and pork. The park will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday for set-up. Official turn-ins will be on Sunday. There will be a free buffet breakfast on Sunday morning for competitors, provided by the village of Worden.

Cost for vending teams is $200 and $150 for non-vending teams. Entry fee includes a 20-by-20- foot space and access to water. There is no electricity, but generators are allowed. Spaces will be pre-assigned. Additional space is available. RVs and big rigs are welcome. There are field lights for night activities and security.

On Saturday, there will be an extra “Free-for-All Cookoff” featuring pork steaks, chef’s choice and margarita categories. Cost for the Saturday night competition is $30. Turn-in will be at 8 p.m. There will be a 50-50 payback.

To register for the BBQ contest, contact Nikki Schmith at (248) 739-9006 for email schmith71@gmail.com.

For more information on Patriots Day in Worden, see the event’s Facebook page.

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