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Spirit of Auburn BBQ returns with bold flavor

By: Tessa Marguerite, Reporter/Page Designer
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This year, the Auburn Rotary hosts its 36th annual Spirit of Auburn Barbecue fundraiser. This family-friendly event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the club.

“It’s been such a tradition in Auburn community,” said Jeffrey Wood, chairperson for the event. “There are about 1,200 people that show up every year.”

This is Wood’s first year as the event chair; last year he was on the cooking team.

The Auburn Rotary Club has been a part of the community for more than 90 years. Rotary seeks to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

This annual gathering is a wonderful way to reunite with family, friends and locals in the Auburn area.

“Like always, it’s a lot of work,” said Rotary President Kahl Muscott, “but we have some really good members who do a ton of work for this barbecue every year.”

Muscott has been serving as president to the club since July. He said what he’s most looking forward to is seeing all the community members who attend the popular event.

“You run into a ton of people you know,” Muscott said. “That’s always my favorite thing about the giant plethora of Auburn events.”

On the menu for this gourmet barbecue is grilled chicken, salmon, pork and beef, and sides of salad, beans, bread, and of course, dessert. Wood added that something new this year will be the use of biodegradable cups with free water instead of selling water bottles.

There will be a bounce house and rock-climbing wall for the kids, while adults can enjoy cocktails, music provided by Eric Chung, a silent auction and raffle prizes.

“The kids’ area is pretty cool,” Wood said. “The Sheriff’s Department and the police bring equipment and have displays, too.”

This year, the club hopes to raise between $50,000 and $60,000 to support the community through scholarships, donations to nonprofit groups, youth organizations and other generosities that benefit the bustling city of Auburn.

“The list of things we support is quite large,” Muscott said. “We’re always so happy to be able to give back to community.”

Many Rotarians and others have come together to make this event a memorable occasion for the whole family including the Passport Club, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, KidsFirst and others.

“It is coming together,” Wood said. “These people are professionals.”

Muscott, Wood and all the members of the Auburn Rotary Club look forward to hosting this fun, community event next Friday, Sept. 14. Muscott added he hopes the community will come out and enjoy the barbecue.

“The food is great, company is great, we make it a good time,” Muscott said. “It’s just a wonderful event!”