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Bikers, boxing are new for ‘Bash in the Burg’

Boxing exhibition
Boxing exhibition
Petersburg’s annual “Bask in the Burg” has always included a variety of events, and this year’s eighth annual Bash will be no exception.
Two added attractions this year are an overnight stay by the 7 Cities Centennial Bike Tour, and “Bashin’ in the Burg,” an outdoor boxing exhibition.
It all happens this Saturday, Aug. 6, in downtown Petersburg.
About 250 bicycle riders are expected to arrive in Petersburg throughout the day, and the riders are invited to participate in all Bash activities.
The bike riders will be leaving Norfolk on Saturday morning between 6 and 8 a.m., and some will likely arrive in Petersburg by 12 noon. Petersburg will be the halfway point of their 100-mile ride, which continues on Sunday through Elgin, Oakdale, Tilden and Meadow Grove, and ends at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park, Norfolk, on Sunday evening.
The Petersburg Community Club will be serving breakfast to the riders on Sunday morning before they depart.
Grillers will begin cooking at 8 a.m. in the downtown park, and gates will open at 1 p.m. The public is invited at 6 p.m. to participate in the Sampling/People’s Choice contest until the food is gone.
A calcutta for the boxing matches will begin at 1:30 p.m. Boxing action is set to start at 2 p.m. and continue until 6 p.m. A special outdoor ring for the boxing matches is now under construction.
A panel of judges will be judging the grilling contest, as well as wine/beer/other concoctions, and homemade breads.
A bounce house will open at 3 p.m. for kids on Main Street.
Alan Temme will be providing musical entertainment throughout the afternoon.
All awards will be announced at 8 p.m.
A band from Omaha, “Lemon Fresh Day,” will start playing at 9 p.m. on Main Street. The dance will end at 1 a.m.
Visitors to Petersburg will notice a new playground area in the downtown park. Finishing touches have been put on this playground area during the past several weeks, with installation of the crumb rubber mulch.