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Rotarians hold 69th annual Burro BBQ (minus the burro)

April 14, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — Do good food and good times go together?

The Bullhead City Rotary Club thinks so.

The club on Saturday held its 69th annual Burro BBQ.

Club president and event chairman Scott Merrill said the Burro BBQ was moved to Bullhead Community Park from its usual home at Rotary Park to avoid having to share space with a major youth soccer tournament.

“We were buried in the middle,” Merrill said. “We felt like the locals couldn’t get there as easily.”

Laura Trejo said she brings her family to the event every year. She approves of the relocation.

“I like the views (of the Colorado River), and it’s a little more open,” Trejo said.

Merrill said the Burro BBQ is intended to be a family friendly event. Thus, the kids play area staffed by Interact Club members from Fox Creek Junior High School, Mohave High School and Mohave Accelerated Learning Center.

There, the little ones could get their faces painted, play carnival games or enjoy a bounce house.

Adult games, on the other side of the ramada, included cornhole and giant beer pong.

One of the new additions for this year’s Burro BBQ was a “big boy toys” display featuring heavy equipment such as an asphalt roller, an earth mover and an excavator. Event sponsor Anderson Ford had a few vehicles parked on the grass.

The vendor booths offered wares that included stun guns, homemade cinnamon rolls, skin moisturizer and tie-dyed socks.

At the Stuffin’ It booth, a customer could choose an animal friend and watch as Amanda Vernon stuffed it using a special machine.

The other additions included a margarita bar and Zumba fitness workouts.

“We’re trying to add more things every year that will draw families in,” Merrill said. “Being 69 years old, (the event) needs a little refreshing every now and then.”

The obvious centerpiece, of course, was the 1,200 pounds of barbecued meat — beef and pork, not burro.

“They won’t let us do that anynmore,” Merrill said.

Diners could choose between a sandwich or a meal that also included potato salad, beans and dinner rolls.

Merrill said there likely was enough food to feed 1,500 to 2,000 people, which should prove sufficient for the day’s crowd.

“We have never run out,” he said. “We would like to someday.”

The event is one of the club’s biggest fundraisers. Proceeds go toward trips and scholarships for local students and improvements to Rotary Park. Other sponsors included Dot Foods and the Bullhead City government.

Louie Spendlove of Kingman said he and his daughter had a good time.

“It’s a nice day at the park,” he said. “And the food is good.”