Grilled grub, family fun at annual barbecue

RANCHO SANTA FE — With the Wells Fargo wagon a-comin’ down the street, the good folks of Rancho Santa Fe moseyed on over to the Rancho Days barbecue Oct. 15 to rustle up some grub, bend an elbow and basically have a hog-killin’ time.
The annual event, sponsored for more than 20 years by the Rancho Santa Fe Rotary Club, included games for the little whippersnappers, oh-be-joyful for the adults, a raffle, free rides in the Wells Fargo wagon and traditional barbecue fare including third-pound hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad and beans.
“These definitely aren’t fast-food burgers,” one volunteer said.
Tickets for the Oct. 15 event were $10 for adults and $8 for children, with an additional charge for beer and wine. Proceeds benefit local community organizations supported by the Rotary Club, such as the Garden Club, community center programs and the firefighters’ appreciation dinner.
Chairwoman Heather Manion said she expected to meet or surpass last year’s attendance of 800 people. The barbecue was held at the park across from The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, which pitched in to help cook as the grub line grew. The event is part Rancho Days, a week of community events held annually to celebrate the history of Rancho Santa Fe.

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