Barbecue marks last days of summer, last blast before school starts

Logan Wand, 11, of Quincy, performs a skyward somersault while taking a turn on the "Vertical Reality" carnival ride Friday evening at last year's Knights of Columbus Barbecue. This year's barbecue starts Thursday. (H-W File Photo/Phil Carlson)
Posted: Aug. 6, 2014 8:41 am Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 9:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

It's the signal that summer is winding down and the start of the school year is just ahead.

The 73rd Knights of Columbus Barbecue runs from Thursday to Sunday at the K of C campus at 700 S. 36th, with rides, food and entertainment. Admission is free.

Kevin Venvertloh, one of four chairmen for the barbecue, said new this year is a hole-in-one contest on the K of C's par-3 golf course, sponsored by Little Jess Jeep. Participants can qualify from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. It will cost $5 for three attempts to qualify, and all entries will receive a ticket for a small bucket of balls at the driving range. Anyone landing on the green will receive a free nine-hole round of par-3 golf.

The top 10 participants from each day who land closest to the pin will get a chance to try for a hole-in-one.

"If anyone gets a hole-in-one, they're going to win an automobile," Venvertloh said.

A winner will have the choice of a new Jeep Wrangler, a Chrysler 300 or a Dodge Ram 1500.

Bands will hit the stage each night -- Vertigo on Thursday, Eleven on Friday, Pimpkatz on Saturday, and the McKay Brothers on Sunday.

Rides will be operating each day. Thursday night is armband night, which allows unlimited rides. Armband tickets are available at Quincy Hy-Vee stores and County Markets for $15, or for $18 on the Knights of Columbus grounds. Kids rides will be $1 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Food will be a major portion of the fair, with fish night on Friday, and fried chicken Saturday and Sunday. Beef will be available each day. Venvertloh said the Knights of Columbus cooks thousands of pounds of beef and hundreds of pounds of fish each year.

The barbecue allows the Knights of Columbus to support many organizations in the area, including schools, Quincy University, Birthright, the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.

"Pretty much any organization that has ever been in the need of money, they usually come knocking on our doors, and we don't turn many people away," Venvertloh said. "It's kind of what we're here for. We try to raise as much money as we can, so we can give it away."


K of C Barbecue schedule


Hours: 5:30-11 p.m.

Armband night.

Vertigo concert.


Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight.

Fish night.

Eleven concert.


Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight.

Kids Day, 1-4 p.m.

Pimpkatz concert.


Hours: Noon-9 p.m.

$1 kids rides: Noon-3 p.m.

Karaoke: Noon-4 p.m.

The McKay Brothers concert, 5-9 p.m.