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Count the Bocas and Brat Fest Ends with a New Record

You came, you saw, and you ate a whole bunch of brats at Brat Fest this Memorial Day weekend.

Many took advantage of the Boca brats that were available for the first time this year.

Now that Brat Fest is in the books, here's a look at the numbers.
Brats 181,710
Boca Brats 8,690

That's a total of 190,400 brats, which beats last year's record.

Brat Fest enjoyed a bigger venue this year at Willow Island on the grounds of the Alliant Energy Center. The 300,000 square feet of space allowed for more activities like a bigger entertainment stage, additional food vendors and activities.

Tim Metcalfe is the organizer for the event. "We had a petting zoo. We had a rock climbing wall. We had kayak rides. There were just a lot of things for kids to do. It was a little bit less about brats and a little more about having fun. We're real excited about what we sold it was a great weekend. The weather was fantastic and we look forward to doing it again."

Metcalfe says they raised about $80,000 which wil be distributed between charities and civic organizations.


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