Bill Moncovich, whose father started the Original Spring Lamb BBQ, with his grandson, Billy. ( Courtesy California Giant Berry Farms )

Sixty years ago, John Moncovich and his friends planned a barbecue with some friends in the Watsonville, Calif., area to raise some funds for charity.

That event has grown over the years, and now his son, Bill Moncovich, along with friends and family, is still hosting what has come to be known as the Original Spring Lamb BBQ, according to a news release.

The event, May 18 at the Crosetti Ranch near Watsonville, is put on by volunteers from California Giant Berry Farms and other produce companies. Bill Moncovich is a co-founder of the company.

The event’s beneficiary again is the American Cancer Society; more than 10 years ago it recognized the BBQ as the oldest, consecutively held fundraiser for the organization in the U.S., raising more than $1 million at that time. This year’s goal is $70,000, according to the release.

More than 750 people are expected to attend.

For more information on the BBQ and how to contribute, visit or call 831-728-1773.

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