Ribfest is the place to be for food, music and car lovers
If you love food, love cars and love music, there’s no better place to be this weekend than at the Rotary Club of Orangeville’s 5th annual Ribfest, held at the Alder Street Arena. The event, which spans from Friday until Sunday, boasts a variety of activities for families and friends, including a midway for kids and vendors market.
But possibly one of the best parts of the event comes Saturday evening, with the Road Hazards Classic Car Show, which has become a definite fan-favourite over the last few years.
“There’s nothing that goes better together than cars, food and music,” said Bruce Parkinson of the Road Hazards. “Everyone loves ribs, and cars and music just go together. The event seemed like the perfect fit for our club.”
Ribfest was originally launched in Orangeville as part of the Rotary Club’s commitment to partner with the Town to build a new splash pad at Fendley Park. Out of the club’s pledged $250,000 towards the project, they have been able to provide $140,000 so far through the Ribfest event.
“For the last four years, all of the funds raised from the annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest have gone to support the new splash pad,” said Ingrid Sproxton, President of the Rotary Club of Orangeville. “It’s wonderful that, by the end of this summer, the kids will be able to splash around in Fendley Park.”
Since the Road Hazards joined the event, there has been a drastic increase in the number of attendees at Ribfest. And while there are no official numbers to show that it was the addition of the Classic Car show that helped more than double the number of attendees since the first year, it’s clear that it has drawn in some of the numbers.
“There are a lot of people who come up to see our shows that are not from the area,” explained Lorraine, who is Bruce’s wife and also a member of Road Hazards. “We have people that get more upset than we do when our events are rained out. They may not be from the community, but they still show their support.”
Tying in the event once again with the incredible ribs, the Ribbers are the ones who get to select the winners of the car show, and design the trophies, which makes them incredibly unique.
“We brought the winning cars and their owners up to the front to present them with their trophies,” said Lorraine. “The owners absolutely loved it.”
And what’s a car show without great music? The Tone Dogs, Touch of Blonde and Camp Fire Poets will be on-stage during the classic car show, providing the perfect accompaniment of blues, rock and roll from a variety of decades, country and more.
“We have a really great line-up of entertainment this year, and everything ties in really well,” said Ms. Sproxton. “It’s just a really good, family community event and I think people really enjoy that. This is all about our community; bringing them together with the best we have to offer.”
There is no admission fee for the event or the car show, but the Rotary Club will have donation bins set up at the entrance to help raise money towards the splash pad, as well as a specially themed lottery to tie in with the car show.
“At the car show we’ll be selling tickets for the Caring for Our Community Car Lottery in support of the Bethel Hospice,” explained Ms. Sproxton. “The prize is a 2014 Lincoln MKZ hybrid, and it will be on display at the car show. We’re hoping we’ll be able to sell a lot of tickets.”
The weekend is designed to be the kind of event where you can stay for the whole day, or pop in take a quick browse around, grab some ribs and head out. Whatever the length of stay or the parts of the event you are there to check out, it’s a guarantee that you’re going to have a blast at Ribfest this weekend.
Written by Tabitha Wells