Ribs, rides and music at Cornwall Ribfest

John MacGillis
Ribs, rides and music at Cornwall Ribfest
Terri Gravelle, Youssef Slim, and Zach Sakellis said they have been enjoying their summer, even behind a hot barbecue (John MacGillis/Seaway News photo).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Music and BBQ smoke filled the air of Lamoureux Park on Friday, July 26 as the bike path in front of the bandshell was lined with ribbers selling their barbecued ribs and other foods to hungry swarms of people at Cornwall Ribfest.

“The ribbers here are from all across Ontario and Quebec and some of them are originally from a little further,” said Terry Muir, President of the Optimist Club of Cornwall and Chairperson of Cornwall Ribfest

Muir estimates that by Friday there had already been around 15, 000 people stop by and take in some of the various entertainments scheduled for the weekend including many vendors, a midway and live music.

“The Optimists works really hard to line up all of the ribbers and music for this event and were really glad that it’s the highlight of the summer for a bunch of people here in Cornwall,” said Muir.

New to Ribfest this year is the Backyard Barbecue Competition, an “amateur smoker competition” happening from 5 a.m.to 3 p.m. on Saturday, according to Muir.

For many ribbers, Cornwall Ribfest is one of their better attended stops in their summer tours. Youseff Slim, who works with from Ribs Royale, confirmed this sentiment.

“I’ve really enjoyed the start of the summer, and it has been pretty wild, you really get to enjoy some of the stops and Cornwall has a really scenic location for their Ribfest,” said Slim.

The event began on July 25 and continues until July 28.

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