Fern Ridge Beef Pit BBQ

2017 - Another Super BBQ!
Thank you to all our guests and all those who made it happen.

See picture gallery for all the fun.

62nd Annual Fern Ridge
Beef Pit BBQ

July 30, 2017 - 12 Noon to 5pm

Games!  Music!  Food!  Fun!  Show Cars!

Enjoy all the usual fun entertainment with Bingo, Silent Auction, $$$ Raffle, game booths for all ages and the WONDERFUL band, Coupe-deVille.

Bring your dancing shoes – Coupe-deVille can really get you moving.

Don’t forget to check out the nice row of Show Cars – THREE trophies will be awarded this year.

You won’t want to miss out on our delicious BBQ Beef – roasted underground and served with our “Secret Sauce”.  And don’t forget you can buy some to go.  Come check out the Pit.

[ See our 2017 BBQ Flyer ]


Meal Cost:
Adults - $15.00
Seniors (62 & Older) - $13.00
Children (12 yrs & under) - $7.00

Payment Types
Hope to see you at the BBQ!
July 30, 2017 – Noon to 5 p.m.

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Fern Ridge Beef Pit BBQ

When: Sunday, July 30, 12 Noon to 5PM

Where: St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
25181 E Broadway | Veneta, OR



Farm & Garden

Show Cars

Good Food

Lots of plants & garden items in the Farm & Garden booth.
Car buffs will enjoy the the great display of show cars.
Enjoy a generous helping of beef with secret sauce, beans, salad, roll, dessert and beverage.


In 1954, a small group of Catholic families in the West Lane area decided to build a church.  They had first been celebrating Mass in local homes and later in a Quonset hut by the Veneta Elementary School.  They received an $8,500 grant from the Catholic Extension Society and anxiously awaited the arrival of the prefabricated church from Portland.  It arrived in packages and through the grace of God, the church was built.

The next task was to furnish the new church with pews and other accessories.  How to pay for it?  Let’s have a picnic fund raiser !!!!!

62 years later (in 2017), the parish still has a BBQ every year on the last Sunday of July.  This event is proudly recognized as the longest running annual picnic fund raiser in all of Lane County.  62 years later it still is – FUN, TRADITION and FUND RAISER.

Beginning as a parish event, it has grown into a community-wide celebration. People from all over the state come to renew old friendships and make new friends. Local folks look forward to this special day.  Add Bingo, a Silent Auction, Raffle, Farm & Garden Booth, carnival games for all ages, live music and you have a wonderful afternoon of FAMILY FUN.  (See 2017 poster on this web site for details.)

What is truly unique about the BBQ?  The PIT makes the difference.  Approximately 1,500 lbs. of prime beef is slow cooked overnight in a deep pit.  Add the Secret Sauce (another 62 yr. tradition) and the results melt in your mouth.  To get the meat into the pit a small bridge crane was built in 2001, to make it an easier and safer operation.