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Kiwanis raise new funds at first ever Buckles ‘n Brews

Replacing batter and grills with mugs and brews, the Santa Barbara Kiwanis have launched a new fundraiser.

About 300 people came out for the first ever Buckles ‘n Brews.

It was held Saturday at the Carriage Museum in a western town setting with a saloon bar, country band (Dusty Jugz), dancing, and a photo booth.

Local craft beer brewers and some from out of the area poured not just their favorite blends, but also some special limited edition recipe beer.

Lindsay Kellams was crowned “Miss Daisy Duke” with her country attire and braided hair. She was rewarded with a trophy and a big kiss from her husband who poured nearby at the Topa Topa brewery stand.

The Kiwanis used the event to interact with guests interested in their programs to help local teens, the disabled, those who do outstanding community service, and provide scholarships.

After 60 years, the local Kiwanis opted out of the popular Alameda Park Fiesta pancake breakfast in favor of the beer festival. The organization leaders said the pancake event was getting complicated, and costly in its city fees, location, participation and hours of setup and breakdown.

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