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Inaugural performance in new Cascade amphitheater

The entire project costs more than $135,000 The entire project costs more than $135,000

A brand new amphitheater for the city of Cascade saw its first use on Sunday.

The Rockin' Chili Challenge marked the first performance in the new venue.

In 2010, people in Cascade decided to raise funds to build the amphitheater in Riverview Park. This came after one particular Rockin' on the River concert that summer, when rain soaked the musicians and the crowd.

Through grants and donations, the committee is just about $20,000 shy of its goal.

Rockin' on the River Committee member Karla Manternach said the city of Cascade donated $50,000 to help build the handicap-accessible bathrooms at the amphitheater. $20,000 came from a grant from the Dubuque Racing Association. The Woodward Foundation contributed $10,000, and $40,000 came from private donors.

That makes the total amount raised $120,000 of project's price tag of more than $135,000.

"In the last two months, this has pulled together with the help of a lot of volunteers and contractors that have donated their time and weekend and nights to do this, and we're down to just some finishing touches," Manternach said.

The money raised at the Rockin' Chili Challenge will go toward finishing touches such as landscaping and installing the amphitheater's lights.

15 contestants entered the chili cook off. The youngest contestant, 12-year-old Scott Brecht, was among the winners.

See Rockin' on the River's Facebook page for pictures of the venue's progress.

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