In July, the Road Hazards Car Club of Orangeville will be returning to the Rotary Club’s Rib Fest weekend at the Alder Street Rec Centre. This will mark the third year that the club has participated in the event, and participation seemed like a natural decision according to the club.
“It was just a perfect fit: cars, ribs and music,” explained Bruce Parkinson, a member of the Road Hazards. “It was a way to bring in not just people from the community, but people to the community, and it seemed like a perfect fit. Not everybody in our club is from this community, but they support the shows we do, and we have members volunteer for all of them.”
Despite only having a few years under its belt, the car show at Rib Fest has been growing exponentially and drawing a lot of attention from people attending. And, as Road Hazards hoped, it’s been drawing a lot of people into the community that wouldn’t otherwise be here.
“Most shows take a few years to build up to their full potential, and Rib Fest is doing that,” said Bruce’s wife, Lorraine. “First year, we had so many cars, then the next year it grew. Each year it just keeps getting bigger, and a lot of that has to do with the atmosphere. Rib Fest just really has the party flavour to it.”
Danny Brackett, a member of the Rotary Club of Orangeville and General Manager of MacMaster GMC, was not surprised to see the increasing popularity through the extra value the car show provided for the event.
“The Road Hazards is one of the best car clubs that I have ever seen,” he said. “A lot of the car clubs get very fussy about the cars that are involved; they want all Corvettes, or Jaguars or Camaros. Sometimes there are is a lot of finicky stuff, but Road Hazards loves bringing in all kinds of cars. One of the things that is really nice about their car shows is that you see such a spread of cars in models, years and pedigree.”
Danny added that some of the cars are show cars, some are performance and some are just driver cars, which appeal to all kinds of car enthusiasts, and that Road Hazards has done a “first class job in making sure they have something for everyone by creating a complete experience”.
Along with ribs and the car show, the event also includes unique vendors, concessions, live music and a midway for kids. The evening concludes with an awards ‘show’ for the best cars, selected by people outside of the car club at the event.
“Last year we got the cars to come up in front of the stage, and the people who owned the cars just loved it,” said Lorraine. “It’s great, because it’s the Ribbers who pick our winners for the show, and the trophies are appropriate to each one.”
Entry to both the car show and Rib Fest are donation based, with the proceeds going towards the installation and development of a new splash pad at Fendley Park in Orangeville. The car show will be on Saturday, July 19 at 3 p.m.
“I think everyone loves ribs, and loves the cars,” said Danny. “The Ribbers are outstanding and there are several different types of ribs to try, you can have a cold beer if you so desire, and check out the car show. It’s the kind of thing where you can easily spend a few hours there.”.
Written by Tabitha Wells