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Chowing down for a cause tonight in Sonora

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Burger-eating contest Friday to benefit Veterans Memorial Park

By Amber Coulter

Carol Rogers can eat about half of a double buck burger, a staple of Sonora’s Bucksnort Café.

The burger includes two oversized beef patties totaling nearly a pound of meat, multiple types of cheese, bacon and other additions, she said.

“You name it, it’s on there,” she said. “It’s about six inches tall. It’s a big one.”

Participants in a burger eating competition Friday at the Sonora Veterans Memorial Park can tackle the monster burgers while promoting the park.

Food goes on sale to all at 4 p.m., and the burger-eating contest begins at 6:30 p.m.

Participation costs $10. All proceeds go toward the park, which has been in progress for nearly two years.

The park was set up to honor current veterans and remember those who have died.

What used to be a bare patch of grass has been transformed through community donations and volunteer labor to feature a cross with a flag for every veteran who has died who organizers know about.

There also is a gazebo and some landscaping.

Rogers, who has helped organize the park, said there is still some landscaping to be done and she and another volunteer are working to build a rock wall to divide the park from the adjoining parking lot.

She hopes the fundraiser brings in some of the $1,000 to $1,200 she estimates it will take to finish that work, buy new flags and make general repairs.

Rogers is impressed by the way community members rallied around the project, especially during the early development.

“It’s great,” she said. “It’s something that we all have in common. We’re all grateful for what the military has done for us.”

Rogers expects the competition to be fun to watch.

Few people can eat the entire burger at the restaurant, she said.

“Their eyes get big, and they’ll say, ‘Whoa. That is a whopper,’” she said.

Amber Coulter can be reached at (270) 505-1746 or acoulter@thenewsenterprise.com.