The Miracle League of Arkansas is kicking off summer break with a burger-eating, beer-sipping block party on Sunday, June 11, in The Heights.
The nonprofit will host its third annual Miracle League Burger Competition with local chefs facing off to compete for the titles of "best burger" and "people's choice." Chefs will be provided with the beef, bun and their choice of one mystery ingredient. The winner will secure the "golden ticket" to the World Food Championships in Dallas in November.
Aside from the competition, attendees can enjoy free sliders from the competitors and vote for their favorite, visit the beer tent and listen to live music by Joe Sundell and the Rock City String Band. There's also a designated Kid Zone featuring grilled hot dogs and games.
All proceeds benefit Miracle League of Arkansas, a baseball league that serves to empower local youth living with disabilities.
"Our goal is to ensure that every child in the state of Arkansas with a special need has an opportunity to play the game of baseball," former board member and longtime volunteer Darek Braunecker told Soirée in 2019, "but it's not just about the kids. Miracle League allows families to watch their child participate in something they would never have otherwise had an opportunity to do, to cheer for their kids while they're being cared for and tended to and having a great time. It's pretty magical."