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Taste Fest helps feed hungry school children

Cloquet High School head basketball coach Steve Battaglia uses his height to rinse off the top of the winning minivan, which got a celebrity car wash at last Wednesday’s Taste Fest. Pete Radosevich/For the Pine Journal 1 / 2
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How about dinner … and a car wash?

The annual United Way Taste Fest included a celebrity car wash this year, in addition to tasty treats from 10 local restaurants.

United Way Executive Director Ali Bilden Camps said the event — held at the Cloquet Country Club for the first time — earned more than $5,500 for the Carlton County Backpack Feeding program, which provides bags of food for kids to take home on the weekends during the school year. Last year, proceeds from Taste Fest helped get the program started in Cloquet schools. This year, proceeds will help expand the program throughout Carlton County.

“The Celebrity Car Wash was new this year, and it added an element of fun to the event,” said Bilden Camps. “We are very thankful for the nine local celebrities who were such good sports.”

Carmen’s restaurant won the People’s Choice award for the third year in a row with their prime rib sandwiches. Other food participants included Street Car, Taco John’s, Family Tradition, Cheer’s, Green Mill, Papa Murphy’s, Super One, Cloquet Country Club and Bearaboo Coffee Escape. Premiere Theatres also provided popcorn for the event.