Rivalry game cook off to benefit Iowa River Hospice

Two days before the big game in the state there will again be a big tailgate cook off pitting diehard Iowa Hawkeye fans against Iowa State Cyclone fans.

And all of the fun goes to a good cause.

For the second year, the Farmers’ Market on Main Street will play host to a Hawkeyes vs. Cyclones tailgate cook off with team leaders and local diehard fans Lew Miller (Hawkeyes) and Bruce Campbell (Cyclones).

They will lead the teams at the 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12 on the north side of the Marshall County Courthouse. Samples of the cooking can be purchased for $1 and donations can be made as votes for the favorite team with all proceeds benefitting Iowa River Hospice. The team raising the most money will be crowned the cook off champions.

“It was great fun last year,” said Rhonda Miller, community liaison with Iowa River Hospice. “It was good natured fun and a kickoff to the big event that Saturday.”

Money raised from the event goes to the fund for patient extras at Iowa River Hospice as they care for patients near the end of their life. Miller said approximately $300 was raised at last year’s inaugural event.

Aside from raising money, the event also helps get the word out on the services provided at Iowa River Hospice.

“It gets our name front and center,” Miller said.