The Otoe BBQ, held Sept. 8, and brought in an estimated 450 people to enjoy the day.
The town had a very popular Otoe Days for many years, but it had dwindled down and no longer existed.  
In 2014, some of the town’s residents decided to bring it back.  This was the 5th annual revitalized Otoe BBQ, and organizers were pleased with the success.
The day kicked off with the St. John’s Lutheran Church 5K and 1 mile Fun Run.
Winners of the 5K were Nathan Miles in first and Shane Stachura in second.  Lucas Harden won the one mile, and Elliott Miles came in second.
They had an “Average Joe’s Car Show” with 12 cars.  First place winner of $200 cash prize was Lynn Miller of Lincoln with an orange 1969 Z28 Camaro.  Second place $150 cash prize winner was Jamie Kyncl of Elkhorn with a black 1967 Chevelle, and third place $100 cash prize went to Chris Trueblood of Lincoln with black 1927 Ford.  The “Numb Butt” award for who drove the furthest went to Ray Wilson of Valley.

The Otoe BBQ activities were all held at or near the park.  There were craft vendors, and they offered several fun things for the kids.  There was a bounce house, football toss, cornhole, the playground, and just a big variety of things for people to do throughout the day.  St. John’s Lutheran Church held bingo in the afternoon, and that was really popular.  A DJ played in the park all day until evening entertainment by Shiloh Johnson.  
Hamburgers and hot dogs were served for lunch, and the BBQ began at 5p.m.  A raffle was held for $250 towards a Glass Doctor windshield replacement.  It was donated by Ron Stachura and won by Wyatt Hutchison.
Committee member Angela Parsons said, “All the funds that we make off the BBQ go back into Otoe to the community and to keep the BBQ going.”  
With funds from the previous four years, they have completely renovated the cook shack at the park with all new updates including lighting, sinks, and other improvements.  The committee and community look forward to continuing the Otoe BBQ for the enjoyment and improvement of the community.