Battle of the Badges cook-off brings employees and community together for food and fun

Months of planning paid off when the Police and Fire Departments hosted the first Battle of the Badges Cook-off & People’s Barbeque in North Commons Park in north Minneapolis. The goal of the event was to bring people together, and it sure did. Planners hoped about 1,000 people would attend the community gathering; instead, nearly 3,000 folks were on hand at the Aug. 17 event.

While the competitors fired up their grills for the contest, the Minnesota BBQ Society cooked up 500 pounds of pulled pork sandwiches and 1,400 beef hot dogs donated by Cub Foods in partnership with Hormel Foods and Ball Park Brand. A team of police officers competed against a team of firefighters to see who could cook up the best ribs. When all the cooking was done, a judging panel of more than 50 people — local celebrities, community residents, Police Chief Harteau and Fire Chief Fruetel — deemed the Police Department’s recipe the winner.

Staff from Police, Fire, Public Works, Regulatory Services, and Solid Waste and Recycling volunteered their time to serve food, help with the clean-up and supervise activities. The Fire Department brought its Fire Safety House along with life safety equipment and demonstrations. The Police Department’s Canine, Bomb Squad and Mounted Patrol units and the Police Activities League were on hand. Representatives from Housing Inspections, Problem Properties, Animal Care and Control and Traffic Control were at the event to answer questions and distribute information. In addition, Minneapolis Solid Waste and Recycling brought its “One Sort” recycling display to the event. 

The event also featured line dances for adults and musical performances by local and national performers including Paris Bennett, Javonta Patterson & DFY, Margeaux Davis, Brandon Trevon & We Are Hip Hop Group, Jamecia Bennett, and the Sounds of Blackness.



Published Sep 4, 2013



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