A tradition literally unlike any other, the Kiwanis Brat Days are back for their 50th edition of the fundraiser.

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This is one of those Rockford traditions that the city does so well. I remember getting brats with my grandpa. It was just something you always did. It's been going on for 50 years and there's a reason. We love brats around here and it's for a great cause. Here are some facts from the Brat Days website.

  • Brat Days is Alpine Kiwanis Club's annual signature fundraising event
  • Raised between $50,000 and $80,000 each year for the last five years
  • Raised over $1.9 million in the last 48 years
  • All proceeds each year is given to 20 to 30 local non-profits serving children, the elderly, the disabled and for youth scholarships for post-secondary education

You can listen to Andrea from GoRockford.com talk about the event from her visit to the morning show this week.

The locations for this year's event are a little different from previous years. There will be two spots. One will be at the U-Haul building at the corner of E. State and Mulford. The other will be at the Blain's Farm & Fleet on Riverside by I-90.

They will be open this Friday, July 30th and Saturday, July 31st. 11-7 on Friday and 11-5 on Saturday.

The cost of a ticket is $7 and that will get you a brat, chips, and a pop or water. They do say that if you buy tickets in advance they would be $6. I don't see anywhere on the website that directs you where to go to buy in advance. Just throw them 10 bucks and have them keep the change, it's for charity.

A quick pro tip. Be on the lookout for groups selling cookies and/or brownies on the side. They are excellent.

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