It is one of those local festivals that people really look forward to every summer.
The tenth annual Orangeville Rotary RibFest will take over the grounds behind the Alder Street arena in Orangville for three days of great food, live music, and lots to see and do.
The Ribfest Classic Car Show will be returning – by popular demand – as it has become one of the features the public really looks forward to every year.
You can have some delicious ribs, watch a few bands, then head over to the car show to see classic, custom, and modified cars spanning several decades.
Some auto owners bring their vintage restored cars from the 20’s and 30’s while others arrive in their 50’s coups and roadsters.
If you’re a fan of 60’s and 70’s muscle cars there is sure to be some old Mustangs, Chargers, Challengers, and a few others from the days when big-block engines made the pipes roar.
Around 150 car owners are expected to bring their wheels to the show.
Sponsored by the MacMaster GMC Buick and Orangeville Chrysler Auto Group, organizer David Murphy is now in his fifth year running the show.
“We usually get around 150 cars. It fills up pretty good,” Mr. Murphy said. “We’re also doing Hagerty youth judging this year. They supply the kit and we do the rest. Kids get a T-shirt and a hat and a judging kit. The kids can select ten cars. We also have the Ribbers choice, so the Ribbers get to choose one. We also have the community choice award were visitors can choose their favourite car.”
Hagerty is an insurance company that specialized in insuring classic automobiles.
You can walk along the rows of cars, speak to the owners, and then make your selection and vote on the car that you liked most in the show.
While auto enthusiasts really enjoy seeing the cars, many kids come to the show seem fascinated at the sight of automobiles that were designed and built decades before they were even born.
Real gear-heads enjoy talking to the car owners and discussing all the effort they put into restoration as well as swapping information about the powerplants, transmissions, and other aspects of rebuilding a car.
“Any classic or custom car is welcome,” Mr. Murphy said. “They just drive in, it’s free. We just ask them to register when they arrive.”
The Orangeville Rotary RibFest will take place from Friday July 19, to Sunday, July 21, behind the arena.
The RibFest Classic Car Show will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 3:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m.
Come out and enjoy some ribs, listen to the music, and see some of the best classic and custom cars in the region.
Written by Brian Lockhart