The ever popular rodeo barbeque will have its 55th anniversary on Sunday, August 5 at Memorial Park across from the court house in Townsend. The master chefs Keith Kirscher, Vic Sample and Larry Woodring will serve up barbequed beef roast. The lunch begins at 11am. The cost is $10 a plate and $5 for children 12 and under. The Dillon Junior Fiddlers will provide the music.

Last year’s barbeque served 411 plates of beef roast, salad and baked beans, according to Broadwater Health Center Auxiliary chair Donna Harper. The auxiliary group began organizing the event when the Broadwater County Cattlewomen decided to give up the job. They had started setting up the event in 1963 when ranchers and businessmen and women initiated the first Broadwater County Fair and Rodeo.

The 24 members of the Auxiliary organize the barbeque, but could not do the work without the help of Townsend Rotary, Broadwater County Rural and City Fire departments, the BHS National Honor Society and BHC staff members. Wheat Montana provides all the buns for the luncheon.

“We so appreciate the various community groups who help with this event,” Harper said. “Just as important are our sponsors who pay for most of the cost of the meat and trimmings.”

Sponsors this year are Northwestern Energy, Watson Irrigation Specialists, Bruce Seed Farm, Townsend Drug and Spirits, State Bank of Townsend, Opportunity Bank, Broadwater Realty and Broadwater Ford. Helena sponsors are Stockman Bank, Valley Bank, Robert Peccia and Associates, Jacoby & Dee Insurance. Individual sponsors include Brad Campbell, Nancy Marks and Richard and Sharon Growney of Bozeman.