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Grayslake Lions Club Cancels Annual Steer Roast
June 9, 2020


For the first time in the 57 years, the Grayslake Lions Club has canceled their annual Terry Rockenbach Memorial Steer Roast. The decision was not an easy one to make, but the Club felt that due to COVID-19, we did not want to put the community, volunteers, or our members at risk.

This event is operated by members of the Grayslake Lions Club and community volunteers. For the past three years the Grayslake Central High School Family Football Club worked both Saturday and Sunday helping the Lions.

The steer roast normally draws almost 900 people who come to “eat-in” or “drive-through” and is held on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The beef, delivered in 65 pound “rounds” is cooked all night on a moving spit with many people stopping by to watch the meat turn on the spit.  In the past we have cooked over 1200 pounds of beef, 330 pounds of potatoes, 900 ears of corn and served multitudes of tomatoes, onions, and pies.

The Steer Roast was renamed the Terry Rockenbach Memorial Lions Steer Roast in 2017. Terry was a proud Lion for over 35 years and was passionate about serving others, as well as, being our beloved “pit-master”.

The Grayslake Lions Club was chartered in May 29, 1940, and this year we celebrated 80 years of community service.  Our president is Lion Debbie Jones.

For more information contact, Robert Depke, 847-223-8272