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(Not so) friendly competition for charity

February 3, 2019

If you like soup, cornhole, beer, silent auctions, garage sales or watching cops compete with firefighters, you will want to stop by the D&N Event Center on Feb. 9.

In a fundraiser for the upcoming Ms. Habitat competition, cops will go head to head with firefighters in a cornhole tournament. Registration begins at 9 a.m. At the door, participants will choose which team they’re playing for. The winning badge in the “Battle of the Badges” tournament won’t be decided by the cornhole winner, though there are prizes for that. Rather, the winner of the battle is whichever badge has the most registrations at the door.

Neither Ms. Law and Order, Lisa Citta, nor Ms. Fire Safety, Shayna Mavis, thought of the tournament.

“It was our dispatch (team),” Citta said. “I didn’t know cornhole was a thing.”

Citta said she did know that one of her fundraising events ahead of the March 9 pageant had to consist of a “Battle of the Badges” theme.

“Obviously cops and firefighters have to compete at everything we do,” she said.

After members of the 911 dispatch team suggested the idea of a cornhole tournament, “we had to coordinate,” Citta said. “We both had this weekend off.”

The event also features beer sales from Big Red Liquor, a garage sale of gently used sports gear, a silent auction and a soup cook-off.

Donations will be accepted to eat soup and vote for the favorite Ms. Habitat contestant.

Mavis is still looking for soup teams on the “Team Fire” side and can be reached at 308-530-6093.

Gently used sports gear can be dropped off at the North Platte Area Habitat for Humanity office, 420 N. Cottonwood St.

Winners of the tournament will get various prizes, including a Wild Bill’s Fun Center family package, Mavis said.

The North Platte Community Playhouse also donated two cards of six free movie tickets. AMC Classic North Platte 6 also donated two tickets. The grand prize is a set of custom-made cornhole boards, another set of which is also featured in the silent auction.

“Even if you’re not competing, there’s a lot of stuff to do,” said Dalene Skates, executive director of North Platte Area Habitat for Humanity.

Cost to enter the tournament is $20 for adults in advance and $25 at the door, and $15 for children beforehand, $20 at the door. Divisions include children, children with adults and just adults.

Those wishing to register for “Team Blue” or Ms. Law and Order, or “Team Red” or Ms. Fire Safety, can go to eventbrite.com and search Battle of the Badges Cornhole Tournament” in North Platte to find links to each team.

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