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Southside Family Fun Fest to feature food, entertainment, vendors and more

The Southside Family Fun Fest will run from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, at Roosevelt Park.

Posted on Aug. 30, 2014 at 1:39 p.m.

ELKHART — Barbecue lovers will have much to choose from on Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Southside Family Fun Fest.

The centerpiece of the new festival will be a barbecue contest that serves as a fundraiser for a proposed Friday night movie program at Roosevelt Center.

LaCasa Inc.’s Jason Moreno said they ordered 600 pounds of meat and 600 ears of corn for the event.

Who gets the pleasure of serving as judges for the barbecue contest? City councilman Rod Roberson, The Elkhart Truth’s Marshall King, as well as Julie Bird, Adam Williams and Ambrosia LaFluer, according to Moreno.

Visitors to the festival can try out some of the results by purchasing food from the contest.

Fish sandwiches will be available, and police will be offering free hot dogs and water as well.

The event, which organizers say they’d like to see become an annual Labor Day weekend tradition, will run from 1 to 8 p.m ., which is a slight deviation from earlier online promotions that suggested it would start at 2 p.m.

Moreno is also promising “tons” of vendors, including Twisted Cow, the frozen yogurt store.

Organizers plan to have two hours of karaoke on a 21-foot wide video screen and 6 hours of stage entertainment, according to Moreno.

Moreno said parking will be available at the Prairie Street Mennonite Church and the Elkhart Housing Authority.

Sunday’s festival marks the second new summertime event at Roosevelt Park. The first was a friendly water fight that had the support from Elkhart Fire Department.


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