The fifth annual Burger Battle showdown will be held Wednesday at the MDJ Saloon at Moondance, the day before Jammin Country Fest is scheduled to kick off.

Hosted by Walker Home Center, chefs from 11 restaurants will prepare their best burgers for the coveted People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards.

Jeff Holly, who has organized the event the last four years, thinks this year will be even bigger and better by holding the event at Moondance.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and sampling starts at 5:30 and goes until all the burgers are gone. Winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m.

The event also includes 75 different beers, spirits and wines, live music, gun raffles, bouncy houses, other food vendors and demos. The Deadbeats will perform at 6 p.m. and Chris Hawkey at 8.

Tickets are $20 at Walker Home Center by 5 p.m. Monday, or $25 at the gate. Kids age 14 and under are free.

Last year 11 varieties of burgers were prepared by participating restaurants (about 700 pounds of hamburger was used), with attendees voting for their top two favorites. Fourteen restaurants originally signed up, but Shingobee on the Bay could not attend, while The 502 at the Chase and Piggy BBQ had emergencies and had to cancel.

But by the time the last burger was eaten at the fourth annual Burger Battle, the peanut butter raspberry bacon jalapeno burger prepared by CK Dudley and Iron Horse Bar and Grill staff, and the cheese steak burger from Bayside Bar and Grill each got the same number of votes to win the People’s Choice trophy. The Reuben burger served by the Walker American Legion won the Judge’s Choice for the first time.

It was the second year in a row that Tom Moran of Bayside took first, having won the Judge’s Choice in 2016, while 2017 was CK Dudley’s first year at the event.

As in the past, all proceeds from Burger Battle will go to support the Walker Area Community Center.

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