Sarnia Ribfest ready to rock Hiawatha Horse Park for second straight year

ribfest photoThe 16th Annual Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest is on track (no pun intended considering the venue) as a highlight for the upcoming summer season.

The popular event runs Father’s Day weekend, June 12-15, 2014 at Hiawatha Horse Park on London Line.

Last year more than 20,000 fans attended the event, making it one of the longest running and popular events of the area.

A record 18 bands will appear during this year’s Ribfest, filling up the two stages at Hiawatha.

There is also a Midway and vendors and, of course, the ribs.

Entertainment and hospitality coordinator Kerry Belliveau says Ribfest 2014 will feature one of the most diverse and powerful musical line-ups in the history of the event.

Music styles will include folk, Irish, country (with some hints of twang), jazz & blues, and classic rock as well as “hip” from some of the most talented local and Ontario grown bands.

“There’s something for everyone, so be sure to bring the family and enjoy a fabulous community weekend!” says Belliveau.

A new feature to Sarnia Ribfest is a “Big Toys for Big Boys” display, featuring cars, tractors and ATVs. ““This promises to be a great hit with Dads so come down to check out the latest in automobiles, tractors, all-terrain vehicles and a few other surprises!”

The annual Rise 2 Fame talent show for the musical stars of the future will be held Saturday, June 14. A deadline for registration (on the Western Fair website) is June 1.

A junior & youth division will again be featured this year, and families are encouraged to come and cheer on their favourite young performer.

Sarnia Ribfest Founder and main organizer Dave Johnston, a life member of the Sarnia Kinsmen, has been able to keep the event free, although donations are being accepted and appreciated at the gates. This is an important fundraiser for the Sarnia Kinsmen who also host the annual Santa Claus parade and annually donate to numerous local groups.

Major sponsor for this year’s event is H.C. Starck Canada. Company president Adam Roop said the firm is proud to be involved as a sponsor. Other sponsors include Molson, Bluewater Power, United Rentals, and K106.3fm.

Media partners including, The Show with David Burrows, the Observer and Blackburn Radio.

The Howard Johnson Hotel, 1716 London Line, is offering special rates for the event.

More details are at

About H.C. Starck:

Established in 1996, the H.C. Starck Sarnia Operation is at the cutting edge of tungsten carbide processing technology. With a focus on customer value through customization, flexibility and secure global supply chains, the successful team of 50 has achieved significant growth since 2010, nearly doubling in size.

H.C. Starck is committed to being a sustainable and socially responsible community partner. As one of the world’s leading recyclers of technology metals, the company strives to create a better environment for all to live in. Locally, H.C. Starck extends this commitment by supporting community programs and events, which help to develop a culture of communication with family and friends.

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