October 19, 2021
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Good-bye to Summer with Fall BBQ

By: Joshua Farestveit-Moore
October 16, 2020

Eager fans of charred meat rejoice! Burning Ham returns on October 24! 

The annual barbeque competition so traditional of Rohnert Park, Sebastopol and Cotati defies Covid-19 with its triumphant return to form. There’s been some changes, of course—namely that Burning Ham this year will take place in your car in some sort of ad-hoc drive thru kind of deal. It’s about safety, really. The competition is taking every possible step to reduce the spread of the pandemic. 

And while barbeque sauce and a dozen different cooks of meat seem like a recipe for a mess, that’s actually part of the fun. The competition’s succulent pulled pork and racks of meaty ribs are more than worth the cleanup, especially for a community starved of safe and fun events in this endless quarantine.  

You want to get out of the house? Now’s the time. October 24 from noon to five. 

All proceeds go to the Active 20-30 Club, a non-profit dedicated to improving the quality of life for the less fortunate. Their focus? Back to school shopping, holiday meals and scholarships. It’s a well-worn trio but the Active 20-30 Club pulls in thousands of dollars’ worth of non-profit funding every year. And Burning Ham? Burning Ham is their chief fundraising opportunity in Sonoma County.