As organizers begin preparing for the 60th annual Original Spring Lamb BBQ, volunteers at California Giant say they are working behind the scenes making the event memorable and solicit industry support.
The Original Spring Lamb Barbecue was established 60 years ago by John Moncovich and friends nestled in the foothills of Watsonville, CA who simply planned a BBQ among friends and raised a few bucks for charity. Sixty years later his son, Bill Moncovich, along with family and longtime friends are still hosting this annual event to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).
This long-standing event will celebrate 60 years on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Crosetti Ranch just outside Watsonville, CA with an expected attendance of over 750 to enjoy lamb barbecued several different ways on four different pits, live music, and a horseshoe tournament on the historical property surrounded by oak trees. Each year hundreds of volunteers and industry members from the Pajaro Valley have been committed to participating in the Spring Lamb BBQ which contributes to its longevity.
Bill Moncovich with grandson Billy
The staff at California Giant along with committee members again this year are receiving strong support from friends in the produce industry as they all share the one thing they all have in common, a friend or loved one that has lost their battle with cancer. As support flows in with ticket purchases and sponsors, the group hopes to raise at more than $70,000 that will be donated to support cancer prevention and support organizations.
Over ten years ago, the American Cancer Society acknowledged the longevity of the event and the cumulative contribution of over $1 million dollars at the time; praising Bill Moncovich and the organizing committee for hosting the oldest, consecutively held, fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in the United States. This accomplishment was also recognized in 2008 by Congressman Sam Farr.