‘Rebirthed’ Ribfest draws big crowds

Organizers say they'd 'love to be back' next year

A grill-hot reception for Sarnia Ribfest this past weekend has organizers at least cautiously looking forward to an encore presentation in 2017.

“We would love to be back,” said Justin Brown, whose Northern Heat Rib Series stepped forward, bringing four rib teams to Hiawatha Horse Park and, at least as importantly, several thousand guests.

Live music was part of the attraction, but there were also inflatables for children and food that included non-barbecue food offerings, including deep-fried Mars bars and blooming onions.

A dunk tank raising funds on behalf of St. Clair Child & Youth Services and Rebound Sarnia-Lambton was also featured.

The Inn of the Good Shepherd was in attendance at Ribfest, accepting donations at the gate.

Northern Heat Rib Series held some 16 events this summer, although this was the first stop in Sarnia for the organizers.

The opportunity to step up came after the Kinsmen Club of Sarnia opted not to proceed with its 17-year string of Ribfest events, citing uncertainty over attendance and rising costs. The club is reportedly still thinking about a return, possibly at Centennial Park, in 2017.

Internet broadcaster David Burrows, who was involved in organizing music at this year’s event, also served as emcee for the show. TVSN.ca was the official media sponsor for Sarnia Ribfest.

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