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Newport booya festival celebrates 60 years July 13-14

The booya festival July 13-14 is a fundraiser for the Newport Fire Department. (Bulletin file photo)

Every second Sunday in July, as tradition dictates, the Newport Fire Department hosts the annual Booya festival, which gives area residents a taste of true upper midwestern traditions. And this year the event turns 60.

Booya is a hot stew made in large quantities and meant to serve hundreds of hungry patrons. This year, participants can indulge in the homemade stew, play outdoor yard games and Bingo and relax in the beer tent. Event goers may eat in or take-out and Booya is $3.50 a bowl.

The Newport Fire Department, who went door-to-door last week selling raffle tickets, will announce at 5 p.m. Sunday the winners of the first place $500 prize, second place $100 prize and third place $50 prize. Winners need not be present.

The festivities kick off Saturday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a parade through Newport.