Minden St. Jude Auction kicks off

Auction began at 9 a.m. and runs through Sunday

Minden’s greatest time of selfless giving is upon us once again. The 42nd annual St. Jude Auction kicked off this morning at 9, looking to build on a six-year streak of raising over a million dollars for the children’s research hospital.

From dollhouses to golf carts and everything in between, hundreds of items will be auctioned and raffled away during the four-day event. Several related events are also a big part of the Minden St. Jude experience this year.

The Minden St. Jude Chili Cook-Off will run most of the day Saturday. The community’s best chili entries will be judged and awarded, and the public can buy tasting cups to sample all the chili for $5. Tasting cups will be sold from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The cook-off will also feature live music from the Dorcheat Bottom Band from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for entry runs until Friday afternoon at 4.

The Minden Run for St. Jude is entering its 10th year and will be featuring a 5K run, a 10K run, and a half marathon Saturday.

Overall male/female winners of the two shorter races will receive $100 cash, while second and third places will win $50 and $25, respectively. These prizes are increased to $200, $125, and $100 for the half marathon. For more information, check the Minden Run for St. Jude Facebook page.

There will also be St. Jude Kids Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside the Civic Center. Activities include bounce houses, facing painting, and arts and crafts. Admission will be $3.

A photo booth by Dreamport Photo Booth, LLC will be available Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Civic Center lobby.

Finally, meals will be available throughout the entire four-day event. The full meal schedule is as follows.

Thursday
11 a.m. – $8 Jambalaya – Randy Stevenson & Matt Wimberly
5:30 – $10 Grilled Pork Chop Dinner – provided by Hugh Wood

Friday
7 – 9 a.m. – $5 Pancake Breakfast – provided by Minden Medical Center
11:00 –  $10 Brisket Sandwich Plate – provided by Webster DA’s Office
5:00 – $7 Gumbo – Jessie Waller

Saturday
9 – 11 a.m.  $5 Beignets                                                                                                        11 a.m.  – $5 Chili – Toby Bonsall – JPS Equipment
5 – 7 p.m. – $10.00 Fried Fish Plates – Gary Brown & The Alley Cats

Sunday
11 a.m. –  $10.00 Cajun Grilled Chicken & Sausage Plates with mashed potatoes and green beans – provided by Grace Estates
4:00  – $6.00 Hamburger, Chips, & Drink – provided by Wayne Avery

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