Car show new feature at this year’s Ribfest
There will be road hazards at the third annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest…and the organizers are welcoming them.
The Road Hazards are a local group dedicated to celebrating automobiles of all shapes, ages and sizes. They will be bringing their popular car show to the grounds of Orangeville’s Alder Street Rec Centre July 20-22 and the event has been labeled the Rotary Ribfest Roadshow. “We’re just a local group that has a real interest in cars,” said Bruce Parkinson of the Road Hazards. As for the wide variety of vehicles that have become the trademark of Road Hazard shows, fellow member Bob Keller remarks: “In a smaller community like (Orangeville), you have to be more broad based.”
Car restoration enthusiasts are a community unto themselves, and within the community are smaller communities where those with specific preferences tend to come together.
Therefore, it’s not uncommon to see events where the majority of restored cars will be 1920s models, for instance, or ‘60s muscle cars.
The Road Hazard shows tend to buck that trend. Do not be surprised, at these events, to see a regal, restored roadster, complete with ostentatious hood ornament, lined up beside a Chevette.
Danny Brackett, Orangeville Rotarian and principle of MacMaster Pontiac Buick GMC, sums it up in a nutshell. “It’s a good old, all-around
car show,” he says.
Parkinson points out that different cars mean different things to different people. “Every car is important to them, regardless of what it is. “We try to make sure everyone is treated the same.”
For the Road Hazards, a car show is a social event as much as it is a automotive event. It could even be considered a family affair.
Pieta Van Arnheim, business development manager at MacMaster, caught the car restoration bug by watching her husband work on an old auto. Now, she’s the owner of a ’57 Chevy wagon. She says a lot more women are present at car shows, these days, but “usually it’s a husband, wife thing.”
The Ribfest Road Show will constitute just one part of Ribfest, an outing that is growing by leaps and bounds since it was first introduced in 2010.
The addition of the Road Hazards show is “absolutely super,” says Rotarian John Meek. “We would have liked to have had them in our first and second year. We’re glad that they will be there.”
This year’s Orangeville Rotary Ribfest will feature six international “ribbers,” (up from five last year). Other food vendors, as well as a variety of others that will be selling crafts and other products will join them.
All attendees will be treated to a parade of quality entertainment that includes such acts as Scream Soda, the Tone Dogs and the popular Orangeville band The Campfire Poets. A talent show will be incorporated into the lineup and there will also be an old time hymn sing.
For the adults there is a beer tent selling beer, wine and coolers, while the children and youth can enjoy the midway, face painting and other fun stuff. “We’ve also streamlined the bar and the water stations to ensure they’re quicker and more efficient,” points out Meek.
Admission is free, however the Rotary Club of Orangeville does appreciate a donation toward the event and the club’s community projects such as a proposed “Splash Pad” in Fendley Park on the west side of Orangeville.
Written By Dan Pelton