Friday, February 17, 2017

NEWS ROUNDUP: Dorchester's Chili Cook-Off, Polka Party Both This Weekend

Dorchester Firemen's Chili Cook-Off Is Saturday:  Tomorrow, Feb. 18, is the Dorchester Volunteer Fire Dept.'s first annual cook-off.  This is a major event for Dorchester with a good-sized crowd expected to attend.  Those wanting to sample an amazing array of chili soup by great (and maybe a few mediocre) chefs should get to the Community Hall and Legion Hall.  Dorchester business owners will be the chili cookers.  There will also be sandwiches, hot dogs and cinnamon rolls. Serving will start at 4:30 p.m.  Winners are expected to be announced around 8 p.m. A silent auction will be another feature of this community gathering.  Free-will donations will also be accepted.

Polka Party This Weekend At Dorchester Legion Hall: Are you ready to party to polka? Another popular polka party will be held at the American Legion Hall this coming Sunday, Feb. 19.  Angie Kriz and the Polka Toons will be providing the tunes.  Sunday's event will kick off at 3 p.m. and continue until at least 7 p.m.  Only a $5 cover and the Legion kitchen will be open.  Free-will donations will be accepted.  Proceeds will go to the Dorchester American Legion.

Dorchester Farmers' Market Planning Underway: It is time to consider if Dorchester area citizens want a Farmers Market this year.  At the last discussion, organizers considered having the market on Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.  Head organizer Laura Sysel requests feedback from the community regarding the best time of the week and location. (Specifically, Sysel is asking if the city park a good location or if the event should be returned to the church parking lot?) Sysel is also looking for some help to run the event.  E-mail her at or call 402-580-8533.

Dorchester Baseball And Softball Signups Have Begun: In the late 1800s, Walt Whitman said, "I see great things in baseball. It's our game, the American game. It will repair our losses and be a blessing to us." Dorchester youth can now begin to register for the village's baseball and softball teams.  With practice beginning in about six weeks, it's never too early. You can download the registration form by clicking here.  Stephanni Olson-Renn reports that registrations, once completed, should be taken to the Dorchester School or the village office. She also reports, "We are still in need of coaches as well as someone to run the Sugar Shack."


  1. The chili cookoff is at the community building and legion not the fire hall.

  2. Where do we turn in the softball sign up sheet?

    1. Take registrations to Dorchester School or the Village of Dorchester office.

  3. That was some amazing chili and a great event at the community hall tonight. My favorite chili was a seafood chili, but each and every one was amazing. No kidding.


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