Years ago, a friend from out of town visiting Rockford during Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days asked me this question: "So, Rockford's idea of a good time is hanging around a parking lot and eating bratwursts during the heat of the summer? Really?"

Yes, I pointed out, that really is our idea of a good time, and it has been for half a century.

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Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days, Facebook
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Over The Last 50 Years, Alpine Kiwanis Has Given More Than $2 Million To Support Our Local Community

Alpine Kiwanis gives away 100% of of the proceeds from the annual Brat Days, and that two million dollars has gone directly to our area's great non-profits, and to Rockford-area students in the form of scholarships.

All you need to do to make sure those donations keep rolling in is to eat your fill of brats over a couple of summer days. Is that so much to ask? I didn't think so.

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Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days, Facebook
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Bratwurst on a flaming grill
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Okay, Let's Get To The Information You Need About This Year's Outstanding Event

  • Alpine Kiwanis Brat Days 2022 will be happening Friday, July 22nd from 11am to 7pm and Saturday, July 23rd from 11am to 6pm.
  • There are two locations for Brat Days: U-HAUL at the corner of State and Mulford, and Blain's Farm & Fleet at 7300 E. Riverside Blvd.
  • Drive-thru, Walk-up and On-site seating at both sites.
  • Live Entertainment during lunch and dinner.
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If you want to do "Brats for Breakfast," and seriously, who wouldn't, "Take Your Brat To Work Day" takes place at the Blain's Farm & Fleet location on East Riverside, Friday, July 22nd, from 6am to 10am. Breakfast brats will go for $3.50 each, drive-thru only.

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