6th Annual Ribfest saw great cars and great ribs
With music resounding across the town, and the incredible smells of ribs, other foods, filling the air, the 6th Annual Orangeville Rotary Club Ribfest was an event not to be missed. Even the misting rain couldn’t keep crowds away from the event’s opening night, with over 2000 people showing up for food, fun and lots of entertainment.
“[It was] a little wet on Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday were hot and sunny, the ribs were sizzling, the beer was cold and Orangeville Ribfest was quite a party!,” wrote Ingrid Sproxton, Chairperson of the Ribfest Committee in a press release. “Our wonderful volunteer team – over 100 strong this year – kept Ribfest going smoothly.”
16,500 people came out over the weekend – breaking all previous records set by the event. Although the Orangeville Ribfest is just coming out of it’s infancy stages, it’s popularity has grown exponentially over the last six years, continuing to offer an enjoyable experience that brings out people from all around the area.
“Over the entire weekend, attendance was up 5 per cent from last year,” wrote Ms. Sproxton in a press release. “We won’t know for a few weeks what the final number will be for net funds raised but, as in previous years, all funds will go towards the Splashpad in Fendley Park, which is now up and running. Based on preliminary numbers, it’s looking good for achieving this year’s fundraising goal of $60,000.”
The Ribbers were switched up a bit this year, with four returning favourites and two new ones, Billy Bones BBQ and Crazy Canuck’s Smoker. Both new Ribbers cleaned up at the Ribfest judging, with Billy Bones taking home Judges’ Choice Best Ribs, and Crazy Canuck’s taking home Judge’s Choice Best Sauce.
As the sun shone on throughout the day Saturday, there was little fear that the classic car show might be rained out.
“We had approximately 80 cars out over the evening,” said David Murphy, who has stepped up to organize our local car shows while the Road Hazards are on a temporary hiatus. “Most were registered, but we had some cars that showed up on the day of. It was a really great day.”
While Lorraine and Bruce Parkinson may have stepped down officially, they still played a role in helping with the car show, including getting the specially designed trophies, which this year were little pigs made out of wood.
This year, the award’s also included a Community Choice award, voted on by members of the public who attended the car show. The winner of the first Community Choice Award was a beautiful 1924 Model T, with a wooden exterior.
For the Ribber’s Choice Awards, a number of great cars were selected by the Ribbers, who each presented their choice with the corresponding award. Peter Morneau of Shelburne took home the Pistol Pete’s award for his 1978 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 and Orangeville’s Joe Corcoran was awarded first choice by Gator BBQ for his 1931 Ford Hot Rod Coupe. Boss Hog’s selected a 1985 GMC S15 Sonoma Hazzard County, owned by Clink Adcock of Georgetown, while Blazin’ BBQ gave their award to Mitch Zylski of Beeton for his 1966 Ford Fairlane GT Convertible. Jim and Nancy Bowden of Wasaga Beach received the award from one of the two newbies, Crazy Canucks, for their 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS, and Billy Bones BBQ gave their award to Richard Braun of Brampton for his 1956 Ford Thunderbird.
All proceeds from the 6th Annual Ribfest will be put towards the Splash Pad fund, to complete the amount needed for the project, which opened earlier this year.
Written & Photos by Tabitha Wells