Strimbu BBQ celebrates 30 years of scholarships to local students

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YANKEE LAKE, Ohio (WKBN) – It’s year number 30 for the Strimbu Barbeque in Trumbull County — a fun time, but also a time to continue Nick Strimbu’s legacy of support. Once again, it was a sellout.

All 1,600 people crowded into the Yankee Lake Ballroom Wednesday night and feasted on food provided by Jeff Chrystal Catering. He cooked up a thousand pounds of meat.

The highlight of the evening was awarding scholarships to 14 high school seniors.

Thirteen of them got $2,000 while the overall winner, Lakeview High’s Robert Coller, got $10,000.

“Gratitude, shock. Out of all the applicants that applied for the scholarship, I was surprised that I was one of the chosen,” he said. “But mostly gratitude, mostly realizing that I have an opportunity to make college a little easier.”

Coller is headed to the University of Colorado to study film.

A Strimbu BBQ tradition is that everyone who attends leaves with a bag of Vidalia onions brought back to Ohio on a Strimbu truck.

This year, First News Anchor Stan Boney was the master of ceremonies at the barbeque.

The Strimbu Memorial Fund has contributed over $3.5 million in support of numerous projects in our area.

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