The Sertoma Club's first chicken barbecue raised $137 in 1953. Last year, it raised about $118,000.

The annual event — recognized by Guinness World Records as the biggest event of its kind in the United States— returned to Long's Park on Saturday, May 19.  

Beneficiaries of the 66th annual event include Long’s Park, Compass Mark’s Kids Kamp for children living with substance abuse, and hearing loss prevention and education programs for children in Head Start, according to event spokesman Steve Bortner.