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Sickels to run Shiznits booth as part of culinary degree


Shiznits Concessions will be downtown and at the Soltman Center parking lot all during Border Days. Justin Sickels (left) will run the downtown booth while owners (middle) Tyler Bransford and (right) Sheila Arnzen will float between the two locations.

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Shiznits Concessions will be downtown and at the Soltman Center parking lot all during Border Days. Justin Sickels (left) will run the downtown booth while owners (middle) Tyler Bransford and (right) Sheila Arnzen will float between the two locations.



— “We are happy to have him here – he’s been great help, and we are excited to give him this experience,” said Sheila Arnzen.

Arnzen spoke about Justin Sickels, 2016 Grangeville High School graduate, who will be running a Shiznits food booth downtown during Border Days.

Sickels will be running the food tent/trailer as an internship to allow him to graduate from the Northwest Culinary Institute in Vancouver, Wash., in July.

“I needed this experience in order to graduate and I am excited that Sheila and Tyler are giving it to me,” he said.

Shiznits Concessions and Superior Events Catering are owned by Arnzen and partner Tyler Bransford. Sickels has worked for them for the past year-plus when he hasn’t been in school, and Sheila said they appreciate his work ethic.

“He’s a good kid and also a lot of fun to be around,” she said.

The booth Sickels will manage will be downtown next to the Grangeville Boosters Longdog Stand. It will offer meat skewers with “Shiznits uniquely delicious sauces,” the trio echoed.

“Of course, it will also offer all of our flavored teas and specialty drinks,” Sheila added.

The booth will be open starting at 9 a.m. each downtown event day (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, July 2, 3 and 4) and close about 8 p.m. unless busyness dictates it stay open longer. It will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. additional days, Friday, June 30, and Saturday, June 1.

In addition, Shiznits regular food trailer will also be in operation across from Syringa Hospital in the Soltman Center parking lot, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (perhaps later) with its full menu.

“This is our sixth year at Border Days and we are so happy to be able to offer something different than typical fair and carnival food to our wonderful customers,” Arnzen said. “And for those who have not yet visited us, stop by and say hi and try something.”

Arnzen said she feels Shiznits is becoming a family tradition for Border Days and will be glad to see everyone.

“We thank the community for their support and also hope they will stop in downtown and support Justin as he finishes this last piece toward his culinary arts graduation,” she said.

Following graduation, Sickels said he would one day like to have his own food trailer or restaurant.



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