Great food and entertainment on the menu for first annual Ribfest

July 24, 2012

Terry Muir

Residents will have a chance to enjoy a full menu of live entertainment, carnival rides, family activities and of course, some great ribs, as the Cornwall Seaway Lions Club Ribfest descends on Lamoureux Park from Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th.

A first of its kind for Cornwall, Ribfest will feature some of the best ribbers from across North America in addition to local food vendors, a midway courtesy of Classic Amusements and a full slate of free entertainment and activities over the course of the three-day event.

“People seem to be really enthused about this event,” said Terry Muir, the head organizer for Ribfest.

The festival will feature six different rib teams from Canada and the United States, and Mr. Muir said rib lovers are in for a real treat. The ribbers each have their own unique recipes, and ribs will sell for $12 for a half rack or $22 for a full rack. The teams include the Texas Rangers (originally from Motley, Texas and now based in Ontario), Ribs Royale (from Nevada), Crabby’s BBQ Shack (from London, Ontario), Fatboy’s Smokehouse (hailing from Milwaukee) and The Chop Shop (North Carolina).

The ribbers will be accompanied by a beer tent and a number of other food vendors selling ice cream, blooming onions, deep fried desserts and other treats. In addition, a number of non-food vendors will also be set up in the park during the festival.

In addition to the food, Glengarry-based Classic Amusements has set up a full carnival midway that is sure to thrill people of all ages.

Meanwhile, the bandshell stage will be put to good use with performances by Lovesick Mistress and Ambush on Friday, July 27th, Switchgear and Abba-Mania on Saturday, July 28th and Bayou Boys and Queen Flash on Sunday July 29th  (see full entertainment line-up below).

The idea of hosting a Ribfest took root last fall when one of the rib teams saw Lamoureux Park and began asking about the chances of hosting a rib festival in the park. Mr. Muir and the Cornwall Seaway Lions Club soon got on board. A group of people were also talking about it on Facebook so that made it easier to garner support for the event.

Sponsors and supporters quickly jumped on board, and in addition to the 24 Lions Club members, Mr. Muir said over 100 people have stepped forward to help out as volunteers.

“The support is really there now,” he added.

The Lions Club are big champions of youth causes in the community, and Mr. Muir said it was a good fit for the service club to get involved in organizing a family-friendly festival.

“We’re all about helping the kids. That’s what makes it worthwhile,” Mr. Muir said.

Mayor Bob Kilger is encouraging all residents to make a point of stopping by Lamoureux Park to support the new festival.

“It’s great to see a new community event taking place in Lamoureux Park and I have no doubt that Ribfest will become a fixture on Cornwall’s summer event calendar for years to come,” said Mayor Kilger.

Here’s a breakdown of the daily schedule for Ribfest:

Friday, July 27th
11 am – 11 pm – Ribs and more on Ribbers Row
11 am – 10 pm – The Chainsaw Lady of Dunvegan (chainsaw carver)
11 am – 11 pm – Midway by Classic Amusements
11 am – 11 pm – Portraits of Honour display
12 pm – 11 pm – Beer Garden
2 pm – 3:45 pm – Trench Town Oddities
3:50 pm – 4:10 pm – Opening ceremony with MP Guy Lauzon, MPP Jim McDonell and Mayor Kilger
4:10 pm – 5:45 pm – Lovesick Mistress
6 pm – 8:30 pm – Ambush
9 pm – 11 pm – Marshall Dane and The Law

Saturday, July 28th
9 am – 10:30 am – Breakfast in the park by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 297
11 am – 11 pm – Ribs and more on Ribbers Row
11 am – 10 pm – The Chainsaw Lady of Dunvegan (chainsaw carver)
11 am – 11 pm – Midway by Classic Amusements
11 am – 11 pm – Portraits of Honour display
12 pm – 11 pm – Beer Garden
12 pm – 1:45 pm – Big Chill
2 pm – 3:45 pm – River City Junction
4 pm – 5:45 pm – No Exit
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Switchgear
9 pm – 11 pm – Abba-Mania (Abba tribute)

Sunday, July 29th
11 am – 6 pm – Ribs and more on Ribbers Row
11 am – 6 pm – The Chainsaw Lady of Dunvegan (chainsaw carver)
11 am – 6 pm – Midway by Classic Amusements
11 am – 6 pm – Portraits of Honour display
11:15 am – 1 pm – Shaun Riley and the Chrome Hearts
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Bayou Boys (CCR tribute act)
4 pm – 5:45 pm – Queen Flash (Queen tribute)
5:50 pm – 6 pm – Closing remarks

For more information on Cornwall Seaway Lions Club Ribfest, please visit the official festival website.


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