Join in Downtown Opelika on June 5 from 11 – 2! Tasting tickets are $2 each & proceeds benefit the back pack program at the Food Bank of East Alabama!
Since the club’s very first burger grilling competition in 2014, members of the Opelika Rotary Club have hosted this annual food event in beautiful Historic Downtown Opelika. From the start Burger Wars was a hit with both the grillers wanting to show off their best burgers and the hungry crowd that would purchase tasting tickets and attempt to sample as much as possible.
“After a very challenging year that forced our event to transition to a virtual competition, it will be wonderful to be back downtown on Railroad Avenue and get to see everyone enjoying all the great burgers,” said Rotary Club President Dixie Broadwater.
Burger Wars Co-Chair John Sweatman added, “This being our 8th year will definitely be one to remember. We have more PRO competitors than ever before as well as some of our favorite CORPORATE and TAILGATER grillers returning to compete.”
In addition to getting to sample as many of the amazing burgers you can handle attendees will also get to cast their vote for CROWD FAVORITE, which is a treasured trophy amongst the grillers. Tasting tickets cost $2.00 each and can be exchanged to sample a 1/4 of a burger with proceeds helping the Opelika Rotary Club Charitable Foundation to adopt two area schools and provide backpack meals for the entire school year for food insecure kids.
Kristen Ferrell, also a Co-Chairing this year’s Burger Wars adds, “The BIG BITE BATTLE will also be returning in 2021 which is an annual eating competition between the Opelika and Auburn Fire Departments. This competition will start at 1:00 pm and Auburn is hoping to regain the traveling Fire Hydrant trophy after losing the past two years.”
So please come to Downtown Opelika on Saturday, June 5th for this family-friendly event and enjoy some amazing burgers. Tickets sales start at 10:45am at the event and burgers will be coming off the grills beginning at 11:00 am. Also making appearances will be Burger Wars mascot, Patty Melt throughout the day and everyone’s favorite mascot, AUBIE will be there at 11:00am to help get all the fun started.
What is Burger Wars?
Burger Wars is Opelika Rotary’s signature fundraising event that takes place every year on the first Saturday of June in downtown Opelika. Proceeds from Burger Wars benefit the Backpack Program with the Food Bank of East Alabama. Last year, Opelika Rotary was able to sponsor TWO schools: Southview Primary in Opelika and Ogletree Elementary in Auburn.