Rib lovers hit Amherstburg for seventh straight year

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Lovers of ribs – as well as chicken, corn, funnel cakes and other food – found Amherstburg to be the place to be over the weekend.

The Amherstburg Rotary Club’s seventh annual Ribfest took place Friday through Sunday with 11,900 passing through the gate at Centennial Park to eat, shop at the vendor tents and enjoy the entertainment.

Carl Gibb, chair of the Ribfest committee, noted that attendance was down last Friday due primarily the thunderstorm that blew through the area but said things bounced back.

Texas Rangers were one of the four ribbers at the Amherstburg Rotary Club's Ribfest, held July 8-10 at Centennial Park.

Texas Rangers were one of the four ribbers at the Amherstburg Rotary Club’s Ribfest, held July 8-10 at Centennial Park.

“(Saturday) was a fantastic turnout,” said Gibb.

Proceeds raised from Ribfest go towards various Ribfest projects, including supporting the Park House Museum. Gibb said the local club is also trying to get a grant to undertake a program so that more homes in town have working carbon monoxide detectors. Newly-installed Amherstburg Rotary Club president Laura Jurilj said that project would be done in conjunction with Amherstburg Community Services and the Amherstburg Fire Department.

“We are presently deciding on what major project we want to get started on too,” added Gibb.

This was the first event for Jurilj as president and she thanked her predecessor Lena Lazanja for her help and service to the club. She also thanked fellow Rotarians, all the volunteers and the sponsors for allowing the event to continue every year, as well as The House Youth Centre for their assistance.

Ribfest drew 11,900 people to Centennial Park on the weekend. Proceeds benefit Rotary projects.

Ribfest drew 11,900 people to Centennial Park on the weekend. Proceeds benefit Rotary projects.

Wayne Titus, past district governor for Rotary, praised the club and the entire Rotary movement. He said there are 10 clubs within Windsor-Essex County and another 38 in the United States that comprise District 6400.

“Rotary does a lot of good in Amherstburg, Essex County and internationally,” said Titus.

Titus said that Rotary Clubs within the district impact area economies to the tune of $5 million annually.

Essex MP Tracey Ramsey also brought thanks, as she was one of the 12 judges who graded the four ribbers’ sauce and ribs.

“I think Rotary is one group in the community that really steps up,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey added there is a “sense of community” in Amherstburg, adding she is not surprised there are ten clubs within Windsor-Essex County helping people in their respective communities.

“That is who we are,” said Ramsey.

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo, another of the judges, was happy to see another community event in Amherstburg.

The judges grade the ribs and sauce Sunday morning.

The judges grade the ribs and sauce Sunday morning. (Photo courtesy of Hugh Douglas)

“We are so fortunate to have such a successful event in the town of Amherstburg,” said DiCarlo. “Not only does it bring people to our town, but the money raised goes back into our town.”

DiCarlo also thanked the many volunteers and supporters for allowing events like Ribfest to be staged.

“Without you, we wouldn’t be able to put these events on,” he said.

Dinosaur was the judges choice for best sauce and ribs. In the sauce and ribs category, the judges ranked Ribs Royale second and Texas Rangers third in both of them. Ribs Royale had the best ribs and sauce in the people’s choice category with Dinosaur taking second in both categories. Blazin’ BBQ had the third best sauce, according to the people, with Texas Rangers having the third best ribs.

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