fusing saucy ribs and greasy motors
Running from July 19 to 21 at the Alder Street Recreation Centre is the rapidly approaching Orangeville Rotary Ribfest. However, patrons should be wary as it’s not only the BBQ sauce-slathered ribs that will be showcased – the Road Hazards Car Club are back to tear it up with dozens of slick classic cars.
Lorraine Parkinson, speaking on behalf of Road Hazards Car Club, said that the time slot for the car show has been altered this year to better coordinate with the festival itself.
“It’s going 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. now, which is nice because it gets people in over the dinner hour. The whole idea of the car show is to help out Ribfest,” said Ms. Parkinson adding that having the car show during the dinner hour better coordinates with a show in Mount Forest that is happening at the same time.
“We don’t want to compete with them. People can go to that one and still get back here and stay over for dinner and have ribs,” she said.
Ms. Parkinson said that last year the Ribbers were judges commissioned to choose their favourite cars from the lot for a chance to win trophies, and they’re hoping to have them do it again this year.
“They seemed to really enjoy it,” she said. “I think the people that won the awards were extra happy too because [the Ribbers] do ribs, not cars. So, when they’re picking a car, they’re picking one that’s just – ‘I like it!’ There’s some unusual picks.”
Ms. Parkinson said that she wants the car show to intermingle seamlessly with the events of Ribfest.
“There are vendors, there’s food, there’s all kinds of stuff in there. If we get them over the dinner hour, they’re going to mingle better. We want to try and tie it in with the whole spirit of the day.”
Ingrid Sproxton, President of the Rotary Club of Orangeville and Chair of Orangeville Ribfest, said that all proceeds gathered from this year’s Ribfest are going towards a new splash pad at Fendley Park.
“It’s all part of a $250,000 commitment. We’ve raised over $90,000 [in the past], and we’re hoping to increase that to somewhere around $150,000 this year,” she said adding that it’s not just with the proceeds from Ribfest, but with corporate donations and other fundraisers as well. “We’ve got an application for a Trillium grant in the works too,” said Ms. Sproxton. “So, between all of that, we’re hoping before the end of 2013, we’ll be somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000, and we’re hoping that next year’s Ribfest will put us over the top.”
The Rotary Club of Orangeville is also working in partnership with the town. Ms. Sproxton said that if the expenses are above and beyond $250,000, that’s when the town will step in.
Ms. Sproxton said that the activities on Sunday, July 21 are what are new this year.
“We will have bluegrass music all day on Sunday,” she said. “We’re helping to celebrate the town’s 150th anniversary, so there will be some free birthday cake. There will be some special 150th anniversary prizes throughout the day, and we have the High Flying Canines coming in to do three shows. This is the first time we’ve had them.”
For more information, visit orangevilleribfest.com.
Written by Jordan Nunziato