Grillers are needed to help fire up the annual “Grillin’ on the Green” event, returning this year following its cancellation in 2020 due to restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Grillers are invited to once again compete in the barbecue cook-off that highlights the family fun activity. Sponsors are also sought and will be recognized at the event. The 11th annual “Grillin’ on the Green” cook-off, presented by the Westside Community Park Committee (WCPC) and Grillin’ on the Green Organizing Committee, is scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 5:00-7:30 p.m., at Westside Community Park.
The fundraiser supporting park improvements features food, drink and entertainment for all ages. Attendees may taste competitors’ barbecue fare, dance to live music by the LC Diamonds, and enjoy a car show featuring vintage vehicles from local car clubs. Kids may participate in children’s water activities, as well.
Local organizations, individuals and professionals battle for bragging rights each year by preparing their best barbecue recipes for attendees who then cast Peoples’ Choice votes for their favorites. Additionally, “celebrity” judges including Sheriff Brian Martin will select their favorite grillers in various categories.
Interested grilling chefs and team representatives are urged to sign up as soon as possible. Call Cindy Ustrud at (707) 349-0718. Entries are due by July 16.
Event organizers are seeking sponsors of the event and sponsors for grillers this year. Levels of sponsor recognition are $100, $300, $500 and up. Opportunities to sponsor a Grillin’ participant are available at the rate of $500.
Major sponsors for this year’s event include Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, Community First Credit Union, Lake County News, Law Office of Mary Heare Amodio, the Ustrud-Rollins Family, the Keeling-Barnes Family Foundation, and Brian Grey, DDS, MSD.
Information about the event can be found on the park’s website, www.westsidecommunitypark.org, or on Westside Community Park’s Facebook page. Additionally, people may call Dennis Rollins, (707) 349-0969, for information.
Westside Community Park is a City of Lakeport recreational facility that has been in development for more than 20 years. The nonprofit Park Committee is developing the park in conjunction with the City of Lakeport, volunteers, and numerous contributions by individuals and businesses dedicated to constructing a recreational facility for the youth and adults of Lake County. The Committee maintains and operates the majority of the park.
Westside Community Park is home to the Konocti Youth Soccer League, Westshore Little League’s softball league, the Lakeport team of the Ukiah Men’s Soccer League and the Early Lake Lions Horseshoe League.
Improvements to the park for which the WCPC seeks funding include continued development of a horse park on a separate site located off State Highway 175, west of Lakeport.