Tens of thousands likely for Ribfest: Lions club prez

Tens of thousands likely for Ribfest: Lions club prez

CORNWALL, Ontario - If you plan to head to Ribfest this summer be prepared for plenty of company.

Phil Shorey, president of the Cornwall Seaway Lion's Club told Seaway News if the weather holds out (hardly a guarantee given the sub-par performance by Mother Nature so far this summer) there could be as many as 60,000 people who pass through Lamoureux Park during the three-day festival July 26-28.

“It's not out of the question,” Shorey said of his prediction. “It's definitely going to be bigger this year, that's for sure.”

There is going to be an increase in the number of vendors selling their wares at Cornwall Seaway Lions Club Ribfest.

The number of vendors has nearly doubled to more than a dozen.

The same six ribbers as last year will return this summer - much to the delight of the thousands of people who will no doubt return to sample their delicious concoctions again.

“Everybody that was involved with us last year were hoping to get 20,000 people,” said Shorey in an earlier interview. “Instead we figure it was closer to 47,000.

“We had a lot of people from New York State and the West Island of Montreal show up.”

Live entertainment will also be a cornerstone at this year's event. Chris Hum, Roxanne Delage, the Heatley Band, Hotel California and River City Junction will play over the course of the three-day event.

Shorey is encouraging patrons to keep their Ribfest programs for a chance at prizes for the duration of the event.

Full details and a line-up can be found at cornwallseawaylionsclub.ca.

Ribfest Schedule:

Friday, July 26, 2013

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11:00 am–11:00 pm Ribs and More on Ribbers Row (West Field)

11:00 am–10:00 pm Midway by Classic Amusements

11:00 am–11:00 pm Beer Garden by The Cornwall Seaway Lions

11:00 am–12:30 pm Chris Hum – “The Valley Shantyman” singersonger writer whose roots stem from the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Valley. Capable of delighting audiences of all ages with his thoughtful selection of songs from the 50s to the present day.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Roxanne Delage – Her debut album released in 2012 with 10 original songs crafted by the talented songstress, back up by a great band of Cornwall musicians. Her songs offers elements of jazz, blues and country.

3:00 pm–4:30 pm Heatley Band

4:30 pm–5:30 pm Opening comments MP Guy Lauzon, MP, Jim

McDonell, MPP and Mayor Bob Kilger

5:30 pm–7:00 pm Elly May – Four young lads combine elements of rock and roll along with effects-driven melodies, sprinkled with a touch of pop.

7:30 pm–9:00 pm Rock Ally – Covering the music of Sass Jordan,

Janis Joplin, Pat Benetar, Motley Crue, Skid Row, Rush and Alanah Miles.

9:30 pm–11:00 pm Hotel California – Original tirbute to The Eagles draws crowds of all ages with different musical styles: New Country, Classic Rock and Dance.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

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Day 2 of Fun-filled Family Entertainment

10:00 am – 11:00 pm Ribs and More on Ribbers Row (West field)

11:00 am – 11:00 pm Midway by Classic Amusements

Noon – 11:00 pm Beer Garden by the Cornwall Seaway Lions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Grace Willison – Her vocal style has been compared to that of the Dixie Chicks yet with a pop-rock edge similiar to Hedley and Marianna’s Trench.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm The Flow Droidz

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Buskers Dream – This trio plays mainstream hits for all occasions, with a strong appreciation for Canadian artists.

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm River City Junction – A Canadian Blues/Retro-Rock power trio. A rich blend of old school Chicago Blues, Motown and Classic Rock.

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm The Shiners – A unique sound that doesn’t land squarely on one particular genre. “We call it roots-rock.”

9:00 pm – 11:00 pm Pauly and the Goodfellas – This exciting combination of Rock n’ Roll history and musical comedy has kept audiences laughing, singing and dancing in the aisle. They will take you back to the fifties, sixties, seventies and early eighties, recreating the look and sound of the most memorable music and styles of the era.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

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Day 3 of Fun-filled Family Entertainment

Country Day! Do not forget to wear your cowboy hats!

11:00 am–6:00 pm Ribs and more on Ribbers Row (West field)

11:00 am–6:00 pm Beer Garden by the Cornwall Seaway Lions

11:00 am–6:00 pm Midway by Classic Amusements

Noon–1:30 pm Hoyt Hughes – Rooted country music fuses rowdy legendary lyrics with rocking contemporary tunes.

2:00 pm–3:30 pm Switchgear – They exploded onto the music scene in 2012. One of the hardest working bands around, the quintet of experienced musicians add more than a little rock n’ roll to their country sound.

3:30 pm–4:30 pm Samantha Stevens from CMT – “I’m happy to call Nashville, Tennessee home and find some peace in my deep country roots. I’m homegrown. That ain’t no lie.”

4:30 pm–6:00 pm From Nashville Tennessee Greg Hanna –

When Greg sings about hopping down off of the tractor after a long hot day, it’s not just a line in one of his songs. The Eastern Ontario native grew up on a dairy farm and is happy fixing fences or milking cows as he is performing on stage in front of thousands of sceaming fans. His high energy show is one everyone should experience.

6:15 pm–7:00 pm Diamond Saphire Ring Draw, 50/50 Draw,

Rib Judging, Closing Remarks


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Crabby's BBQ Shack: After 20 years in business and a long-standing track record of award-winning Barbeque, Crabby's has proven to be one the best on the grill, from the East coast to the West.

Fat Boy's BBQ: From the heart of Milwaukee, delicious, mouth watering, tender St. Louis BBQ Pork, Ribs, Chicken and Pulled Pork. Mild & Sweet Savoury Sauce! Our motto is “Low N' Slow & . . . AWESOME!!!

Ribs Royale: Ribs Royale BBQ hails from Nevada. We compete in various ribfests across Canada. We are known for our succulent, savoury, fall-off-the-bone, RIBS, CHICKEN & PULLED PORK! In 2012 alone we won over 40 first place awards, and best ribs, best sauce categories.

Smokehouse Bandits: Smokehouse Bandits is the latest banner from Manos Sakellis, who previously launched such successful barbecue teams as Jack the Ribber, Fat Albert, and Outlaw Smokers. Leveraging 40 years of culinary experience, including 10 years professionally barbecuing, and a true passion for Texas-style barbecue ribs, Manos is already earning rave reviews across Canada for Smokehouse Bandits' succulent offerings and unique flavours.

Texas Rangers: Originally from Motley Texas, now out of Zorra Township, Ontario. Began touring the Canadian Circuit eight years ago winning several awards every year! The company has grown and become a large contender amongst the best in The North American Ribfest Circuit. Our sauce has a nice flavour with slight heat and our ribs are finished on an open flame.

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