September 05, 2019

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2 - Appeal-Democrat September 5 - 11, 2019 By Nicki Schedler The Early Risers Kiwan- is Club of Yuba City's annual shindig, Brews, Blues & BBQ, which raises funds to support area children and families, takes place this weekend. The barbecue recipes are secret, the music is made for dancing, and the pours are any- thing but sample-sized. For almost two decades, Brews, Blues & BBQ, organized by the Early Risers Kiwanis Club of Yuba City, has brought together hundreds of commu- nity members in support of scholarships and community children's projects. The event is Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Yu- ba-Sutter Fairgrounds. "It is a fun, quality event that helps kids," said event chair- man Tom Walther. He was part of the Early Ris- ers when club member Gina Crawford pitched the idea to re- place the club's rummage sale with a different kind of fund- raiser. "My husband and I attended a lot of brew fests and we thought 'why couldn't we do that here?'" Crawford said. Eighteen years later, the idea has swelled from 100 people and a few kegs of beer to about 900 supporters who experience an all-inclusive food and drink fest. Brews, Blues & BBQ makes a point to offer more than just sample-size pours of craft and traditional beers. The price of admission covers the cost of dinner and alcohol. (Geweke Ford-Kia will provide a free shuttle service to make sure ev- eryone gets home safely.) Walther said this year's fes- tivities will serve 30 beer vari- eties from local craft breweries like Feather Falls Brewing Co. in Oroville, Secret Trail Brew- ing Co. in Chico and Knee Deep Brewing Co. in Auburn. There will also be domestic beer, wine, soda and soft drink selections. New this year will be cold brew coffee served on nitrogen from Bridge Coffee Co. donated by owner and Early Risers club member Tim Sty- czynski. As drinks are enjoyed, there will be a plethora of dining op- tions to choose from. Attendees receive a "grub- stub," Walther said, which in- cludes a choice of dinners from tri-tip and sides prepared by Kiwanis members, ribs from the event's rib cook-off or a per- sonal pizza from Rolling Stone Pizza Co. in Yuba City. The rib cook-off has been a popular addition to the events food offerings. "It just adds that extra, al- most more of a street fair atmo- sphere," said Don Greeve, club member and rib coordinator. Eight amateur competitors start barbecuing at 6 a.m. on event day to vie for the top prize chosen by a panel of judges. "Everybody that comes in and does the judging really enjoys it," Greeve said. "They really do take the job very seri- ously and try to do a good job." In addition to ribs, the event serves tri-tip prepared by club member Dave Flores. About 300 pounds of tri-tip will be served along with sides like Flores' chili beans and cole- slaw. In addition to the dinner tick- et, there will also be compli- mentary appetizers from Mid- town Grill and Rail House Pub and Grill. While eating and drinking brews there will be music from Kymmi & the Diamondback band. The event made a shift away from traditional blues music to more blues-inspired tunes a few years ago. "We found people wanted more dancing music," Walther said. The dancing, drinking and dining all help to fund the Ki- wanis mission, to support schol- arships for local high school students to continue their edu- cation. Walther said the event raised $31,000 last year and that they are hoping to raise $33,000 this year. The club donates a total of $21,000 in scholarships, divid- ed into nine $2,000 academic awards towards college and three $1,000 scholarships for vo- cational work. Walther said that when awarding scholarships, "we don't go for the best grades we go for the most needy and de- serving," emphasizing that the club seeks out students who have overcome obstacles that merit recognition. Eat, drink and dance the day away Appeal-Democrat fi le photo Friends, all from the Yuba-Sutter area, take in the atmosphere during the Brews, Blues & BBQ event September 2014 at the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds in Yuba City. Flood • Auto • Home • Farm • Renters • Apartment • Life & Health 419 6th St, Marysville • 530-742-3243 475 N Palora Ave, Ste B Yuba City • 530-671-4841 • Harinder Bains Lic # 0E76904 Angie Mathews Lic # 0K78158 FOR ALL YOUR INSURANCE NEEDS GALLIGAN & ASSOCIATES 530-749-4700 • Reporting the local news in Yuba-Sutter for 166 years. DID YOU KNOW THAT WE'RE THE OLDEST RUNNING DAILY NEWSPAPER IN CALIFORNIA? 450 N Palora Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991 (530) 742-7576 Formerly Reliable Auto Glass • Trained Technicians • Lifetime Warranty • Insurance Approved FREE MOBILE SERVICE AVAILABLE FREE CAN OF GLASS CLEANER With Every Glass REPLACEMENT! $50 OFF Your Insurance Deductible! Family Owned & Operated

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