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Memorial weekend event continues to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis

The Imagine Guild plans to continue the 15-year tradition of hosting events during the Memorial Day weekend to raise money for a cause. This weekend's events are to provide family fun, and at the same time, raise the the Mitchell community's awar...

The Imagine Guild plans to continue the 15-year tradition of hosting events during the Memorial Day weekend to raise money for a cause. This weekend's events are to provide family fun, and at the same time, raise the the Mitchell community's awareness of cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis causes individuals to develop a build up on their internal organs and can lead to problems with breathing and other complications, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Imagine Guild is a local 501c3 corporation with the mission to raise funds for cystic fibrosis in order to find a cure for the disease.

John Janssen and Dan Schneider, Imagine Guild board members, said the Memorial Day weekend events last year raised $30,000. Of that amount, about $20,000 was sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A change from last year will be the location of the events. A street closing will allow for the activities to be set up south of First Avenue on Main Street.

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The event began as a poker run, and now it has evolved to become an event that benefits the city and the families of Mitchell, according to Janssen.

The tradition of the poker run continues today. People interested in participating can start registering at 10 a.m. and the run will begin at noon. During this event, participants will visit Mount Vernon, Plankinton, Stickney, Parkston, Alexandria and Mitchell.

The weekend of events continues with activities for children and adults.

A tractor pull for kids begins with registration at 3 p.m.

Children may also be interested in inflatables from 4 to 8 p.m. at the parking lot south of Casey's General Store on First Avenue and Main Street. The bean bag tournament starts with registration at 4 p.m.

The activities continue with a car show beginning with registration at 4 p.m. on the corner of Lawler Street and Railroad Street. At 1 p.m., the beer garden will open and the sampling for the BBQ championship begins at 5 p.m.

Schneider, chairman for the BBQ championships, has been planning for the BBQ feed and competition since January by organizing donations, getting the supplies and working out all of the details.

The public feed begins at 5 p.m. with adult sample cups $7 and $3 for children 12 and under. "What we hope people get out if it is a fun family friendly afternoon and evening," Janssen said. "We're just trying to get more awareness."

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The events continue on Sunday with the mud racers show, which will begin at 12:30 p.m. west of Mitchell on Old Highway 16 at the Jerry Buchholz farm.

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