Big Blue Mile Shootout

Competitors line up their cars in downtown Cordova during last year’s Big Blue Mile Shootout June 2.

On June 1, 80 cars will compete during the fourth annual Big Blue Mile Shootout, hailed the “fastest mile in Seward County.”

“This year we’ve increased the car slots and we had tremendous response. People have been calling literally every day to try and get in on the race,” said Melissa Grantski, one of the event organizers. “We could have 100 spots and they would all fill.”

Melissa, her husband Todd and about 50 volunteers organize the annual event to raise money for the local fire departments and aid them in buying speciality equipment.

Last year the group raised over $10,000, and this year Melissa said she’s got her sights set even higher.

“If we can make more this year it’ll make it all worth it,” she said.

Volunteers will also collect non-perishable food items like juice, canned food, pastas and cereals for local food pantry.

While the competitors start lining up at 7 a.m. in downtown Cordova, there will be a breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Cordova Community Center.

After 8 a.m. the roads will close, but attendees can still get to the event by exiting I-80 at Beaver Crossing exit 369, going south to Pioneers, turning right and going 3 miles west to the entrance of the shootout.

There is no cost to enter the event except for parking on-site, which is $5.

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