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Bean Bash coming Saturday, Dash 5K is Thursday; events support children, adults with disabilities

A long-time Northern Kentucky tradition for 44 years takes place this week and adults and children with disabilities will be the beneficiaries.

The Bean Bash began in the summer of 1974, started by former State Representative Bill McBee, initially conceived as a political fundraiser.  The bash consisted of bean soup, tomatoes, slaw, and corn bread cooked on site. As the attendance at the Bean Bash grew, the Homemakers of Hebron and Burlington made the corn bread.

The traditional menu is still served to this day.

McBee passed away in 2011.

The Bean Bash was reinvented in the early 1980s because of one very special guy, Steve McBee, Bill’s son, who passed away in 2009. It is an opportunity for the McBee family and the Northern Kentucky community to show their support for these charities and their outstanding programs. 

The proceeds of the Bean Bash go to Redwood Rehabilitation Center, BAWAC and Special Olympics – Northern Kentucky and New Perceptions.  

The Bean Bash Dash 5K takes place on the Turfway Park racetrack on October 5. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

All members of the community, walkers and runners are encouraged to participate. 

The 44th Annual Bean Bash will be moved to the St. Elizabeth Technology Education Center from noon to 6 p.m. on SATURDAY.

Admission is $5. Kids 12 and under are free. It features the traditional menu as well as a live and silent auctions.

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  1. Allen McClaskey says:

    I don’t believe your article gives the date of the actual Bean Bash.

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