Meat Raffle Mania- meat raffles for every night of the week

It's the quiet that falls over the restaurant as the numbers are called, the anticipation of everyone there, with their tickets lined up on the table in front of them, and the cheering and jubilation of the winner: it's a meat raffle, and it's a Whitefish staple.

If you don't make it to the Whitefish area much, you might be caught off guard by the idea of a meat raffle- but trust us, it's a hoot. If you haven't been to a meat raffle, it's exactly what it sounds like: purchase tickets each round (usually $0.50 to $1), and then wait to see what numbers are drawn- hopefully yours! Winners get to pick from a selection of meat, from hamburger to steaks, bacon to prime rib. If you don't win, don't worry, more numbers are often drawn for free drinks, and there's always the next round. Meat raffles are fun, exciting, and perhaps best of all a great way to support local non-profits and organizations. Generally all ticket sales proceeds go to great causes in the local community.

You'll find this porkchop hanging in the Jenkins VFW, named the Best Meat Raffle in the state by WCCO!

You'll find this pork chop hanging in the Jenkins VFW, named the Best Meat Raffle in the state by WCCO!

We might be remiss if we didn't make a special mention of the Jenkins VFW meat raffle, which was named best in the state by WCCO! It takes place three times a week, on Friday from 5-8 p.m.,  and Saturday and Sunday from 4-8 p.m. The Jenkins VFW boasts the largest meat raffle in the area.

To make things easier on you, we've compiled a list of all the meat raffles in the area. You'll have no problem finding one every day of the week!


  • Cedar Chest, Crosslake, 5:30 p.m.


  • Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion, Crosslake, 5 p.m.
  • Billy's, Breezy Point, 5:30 p.m.


  • Bourbon Room, Crosslake, 6:30 p.m. (Free)
  • Billy's, Breezy Point, 5:30 p.m.
  • Lucky's, Pequot Lakes, 5:30 p.m.


  • Lucky's, Pequot Lakes, 5:30 p.m.


  • Pine River American Legion, 5:30 p.m.
  • Nisswa American Legion, 4:30 p.m.
  • Jenkins VFW, 5-8 p.m.
  • JJ's, Breezy Point, 5:30 p.m.
  • Crosslake-Fifty Lakes American Legion in Crosslake, 6 p.m.
  • Backus American Legion, 5:30 p.m.


  • Jenkins VFW, 4-8 p.m.
  • Andy's, Crosslake, 4:30 (seafood)


  • Jenkins VFW, 4-8 p.m.
  • Pequot Lakes American Legion, 2 p.m.


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