Burger bragging rights new at village festival
Bannockburn Friday Jun 15 2012 Fort Hill Heritage Museum president and curator Dottie Watson (middle) stands with treasurer Aldona Olson of LIbertyville (left,) and lifetime historical society member Carole Stroh of Lake Bluff. | Michelle LaVigne~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 22, 2012 6:22AM
If you think you grill a pretty darn good juicy burger and want to see how your burger stacks up to others in town, you can enter the first “Burger Bout” competition on June 30, one of the new attractions at this year’s Mundelein Community Days festival.
The Mundelein Fire Department is sponsoring the event as another community attraction for the festival. The Burger Bout competition will take entries from 25 individuals or teams vying for the title of best burgers.
“It’s fun. It seemed like a good summer event,” said Assistant Village Administrator Mike Flynn, who helps organize Mundelein Days.
Fire Chief Tim Sashko said the burger competition is open to individual residents or families but not businesses.
Burgers will be rated by a panel of judges and prizes will be awarded to the top three best burgers. “And, of course, there are bragging rights to say you have the best burgers in town,” said Sashko. “That’s part of the fun of it.”
The top three winning burgers will be featured for a month on the menu of three local restaurants: Hitz Pizza and Sports Bar, Luke’s of Mundelein and Blue 60 sports bar and grill.
The burger competition will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on June 30 in Kracklauer Park. Individuals interested in registering for the competition can do so through Mundelein’s website until June 25. Entrants must bring their own grills and burgers to cook.
The Burger Bout is just one of many events residents can enjoy at this year’s Mundelein Days festival.
Another new festival attraction this year will be Andy Linder, a hacky sack world champion and world record holder, who will be performing on the Munch Grounds the evening of June 29. After a couple years’ hiatus, Mundelein Days will be bringing back fire truck rides for kids during the evenings of June 29-31, according to Flynn.
Other fun Mundelein Days events include a wing eating competition, pet parade, watermelon-eating contest, bags tournament, Mundelein Park District races, live music, and the always popular Mundelein Community Days parade. There will be carnival rides all four days, Mundelein Munch food vendors and a beer garden.
The Historical Society of the Fort Hill Country will host its annual patriotic celebration on June 30, with speakers, a performance by the Navy Band from Great Lakes, and other activities.
The fireworks will be held on July 4 and a band will perform earlier that evening.