‘Souper Bowl’ fundraiser Saturday in Rapid River

RAPID RIVER — The Rapid River Schools Parent Teacher Club (PTC) will be hosting its third annual “Souper Bowl” at the Rapid River High School cafeteria Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

According to Brooke Lindbert, Rapid River PTC president, the event was created to offer a different kind of fundraising effort for the group.

In the past, the PTC would sell various items from brochures, but Lindbert said the Souper Bowl offered a chance for the community to come together while raising money for the students at Rapid River Schools.

Since its inception three years ago, Lindbert said the event has been very successful drawing in more than 10 soup tasting booths each year.

“It’s growing in attendance every year, for sure,” said Lindbert.

The name for the event drew from the NFL’s Super Bowl, as it is usually held around the time of the conclusion of the football season, noted Lindbert. The decorations for the booths also tied in with the football theme. This year, the PTC decided to switch the theme to “Groovy” enabling local businesses and community members participating to decorate their table however they want, said Lindbert.

During the Souper Bowl, guests will have the chance to try 10 soups from various businesses and community members in Rapid River, explained Lindbert. Soups featured at past events included chicken noodle and a variety of chilies. In addition to soup, attendees will also have bread, desserts, and a drink.

Businesses participating including Jack’s Restaurant, the Brisket Barn, Rapid River Hardware Store, BEL Photography, Swallow Inn, Hiawatha Restaurant, the Rapid River branch of the United States Postal Service, and many more.

Teachers from the school will also have their own soup, noted Lindbert.

After everyone has tried the selection, Lindbert said attendees will vote for their favorites. There will be trophies awarded in three categories —“Tastiest Soup,” “Kid’s Choice,” and “Best Decoration.”

Attendees will also have the chance to win prizes in the basket raffle, which K-12 classroom gathered the items that are placed in the baskets. A 50/50 drawing will also be held, added Lindbert.

For those who really enjoy one of the soups, Lindbert said there will be to-go containers available for purchase.

All of the money raised during the event will help fund various projects and activities at Rapid River Schools, noted Lindbert, including purchasing new playground equipment, going on field trips, bringing in guests for school-wide presentations, and more.

Lindbert said the Souper Bowl is a great way to get the family and community together to try tasty soups and to warm up from the cold winter weather.