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Alexandria Chamber now recruiting rib-cooking teams for Awake the Lakes 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, start your grills! It's almost time for the 2012 Awake the Lakes Rib Fest, happening Saturday, May 26 down on 2nd Avenue by Big Ole Park. This is the first time the Rib Fest is being held on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, instead of Friday.

Do you think you've got the best tasting ribs around? Enter the Awake the Lakes Rib Fest and show everybody how it's done. The Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce is now recruiting both amateur and professional rib cooking teams to compete for the title of "Best Ribs in the Lakes Area."

This annual kick off to summer event, held rain or shine, has become a Memorial Day Weekend tradition.

Contest rules and registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber Offices at 206 Broadway Street in Alexandria, or requested via e-mail to

For more information, call Joni Karger at the Chamber, (320) 763-3161. Deadline for submitting an application is Monday, May 14.

There will be live music during Rib Fest, followed by fireworks at dark. Watch for more details in the weeks to come.