Rotary Club kicks off summer with Beef in the Burg

 

By Joel Charron

What started out as a General Amherst High School cancer foundation fundraiser has transformed into an annual community barbecue.

Beef in the Burg

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Rotarian Carl Gibb. “There were some clouds in the afternoon and I got a little worried but this is fantastic. It’s just a nice outing in the middle of the week.”

Gibb said the Beef in the Burg has become an event the entire community look forward to.

“The food is fantastic and you can’t beat the price,” stated Gibb.

Gibb noted that if it wasn’t for all the sponsors contributing to the event, Beef in the Burg would be a lot more difficult to host.

“Without the support of all our major sponsors, none of this would happen,” he said. “If we had to put this on ourselves we would never make a go of it.”

Beef in the Burg, which in previous years has been held on a Friday, was switched to the middle of the week because the Rotary Club thought it would avoid conflict with other event and attract more families.

Gibb applauded the efforts of Rennie Rota of Sobeys, who donated the food, Chuck Kelly of The Athletic Club, who donated door prizes.

“It’s always a lot more fun to get something really tasty when you’re donating to a good cause,” said Rota.

According to Rota, the Royal Canadian Legion Br 157 Ladies Auxiliary prepared 300 pounds of roast beef and nearly 400 hot dogs were grilled.

Rota noted it’s amazing what can happen when people come together to put on a quality event for a good cause.

“It’s very special when it’s all community orientated individuals helping out for a great cause,” he said. Gibb said the Beef in the Burg is a good pre-curser to the Rotary Club’s Ribfest happening July 5-7.

“Beef in the Burg is the perfect prolog to Ribfest, which is only a month away,” he said.

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