Sunday, 29 August 2010 14:51

K. of C. Council 364 to host 89th annual cooperative barbecue

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Knights of Columbus Council 364 in Springfield is hosting the 89th Annual K. of C. Cooperative Barbecue from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29.

All activities will take place at Council #364 located at 2200 Meadowbrook Road and there is no charge to attend. The food menu will include BBQ chicken or pork, bratwurst, hot dogs, plus side orders of baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad and chips. There will be a bake sale and ice cream, too.

“The barbecue originated with Council 364 and we’re the ones who host it and put it all together,” says Jeff Boyer, who is chairman of this year’s event. “We do have about 200 of the 400 Illinois councils who participate by selling the raffle tickets.” Proceeds raised by the event are used by all the participating councils to fund their many charitable activities throughout the year.

Prizes for this year’s raffle include 72 cash prizes totaling $25,000 including a grand prize of $10,000. “There will also be hourly drawings for many nice door prizes including a family membership for next summer at the Council 364 Aquatic Center pool,” says Boyer.

Boyer says the K. of C. event had a very impressive beginning with lots of activities and big prizes. “The early barbecues took place where the west campus of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (and the Catholic Pastoral Center) stands today,” he says. “It used to be held right around the time of the state fair and the Knights had the same carnival rides as the fair. They gave away cars. At the 20th anniversary barbecue they gave away the first home that was built at Lake Springfield. It was a real grand event.”

Although modern barbecues have been toned down quite a bit, Boyer says there is still a lot to enjoy. Entertainment will feature the Bobby Remack Band playing from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m., and DJ the Clown entertaining from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquatic Center Pool will be open with free swimming all day and DJ Brad Schroeder will be providing music at the pool.

Boyer says that a planning committee of about 30 Knights and their family members put months of work into each annual bar-b-cue. “We take a month or two off after the barbecue and then right around Thanksgiving we start planning for the next year.”

The barbecue usually brings in between 600 to 800 people, Boyer says. “It lasts for eight hours so some people come for lunch, some come for dinner and some stay for both lunch and dinner.”

For more information on the annual barbecue, contact Council 364 at (217) 787-2360.