Oconto, Sargent host food & fun this weekend

OCONTO BBQ If you looking for a place to sink your teeth into some good barbecue, then Oconto is the place to be this Saturday, June 2. Once again, an array of some of central Nebraska’s finest barbecue specialists will square off in the Oconto Blowin’ the Doors Off BBQ competition. The event is sponsored by the Oconto Volunteer Fire Department. The competitive event draws about 10 cooks who provide all-you-can-eat good cooking. Gates open at 5 p.m., and an on-site beer garden will serve ice cold drinks from 5 p.m. till 1 a.m. Live entertainment during the barbecue begins at 5 p.m. with Kentucky Rye Blue Grass, followed at 6:30 by South Loup Sunrise. Everyone is invited to stick around and dance the night away to Borderline from 9-1. There will also be a raffle for several prizes, including a Bubba BBQ Oven, Kindle Fire and iPad Touch. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat barbecue are $12 for adults, $6 for children 5-11, and under 5 are free. CHOKECHERRY JAMBOREE The community of Sargent has been hosting a fair celebration nearly since the establishment of the town. In the beginning, the fair was a celebration of harvest. However, throughout the years the celebration was moved from an autumn to summer event. In the 1980s, the concept of the Chokecherry Jamboree was born - and became the world’s first Chokecherry event. In the beginning, the Chokecherry Jamboree and Sargent Fair were separate events, but community leaders saw the benefits of combining the two into one larger event, and that is just what they did. This year’s Sargent Fair & Chokecherry Jamboree is set for June 2-5. An all-day men’s softball tournament gets things started off Saturday, June 2. Sunday’s activities will include a volleyball tournament beginning at 8 a.m., a church service at 11 a.m. followed by pancake feed, crowning of Little Miss Chokecherry at 1 p.m., and free inflatable fun park all afternoon. The day is capped off with the every popular Chokecherry pit spitting contest at 5 p.m. in the park, and a BBQ cook-off contest at 6 p.m. Events continue Monday with a ladies salad luncheon, and parade down main street at 7 p.m. The theme for this year’s parade is, “Nothin’ Better Than A. . .” There will be live entertainment in the park beginning at 8 p.m., and Richard’s Amusements will be on the Midway both Monday and Tuesday. Tuesday, June 5, will include kids events at the park at 4:30 p.m., followed by a free BBQ at 6 p.m., and SWAT entertainment at 8 p.m.