1000 Islands RibFest plans return

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Ribs will be cooking this summer at the 1000 Islands Ribfest.

After two years of cancellations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Gananoque and the Gananoque Lions Club have announced that the annual 1000 Islands Ribfest is expected to come back this summer.

Planning is still underway but the local Ribfest committee has announced that one of the largest events held in Gananoque will be running this summer from June 30 to July 3 at the Lou Jeffries, Gananoque and T.L.T.I Recreation Centre.

"We're going to carry on and hope for the best," said Emily Bell, past Ribfest committee chairwoman, who is currently in charge of the ribbers.

All plans and events with Ribfest this summer will be dependent on future COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

According to Bell, this summer, visitors should expect to hear live entertainment, visit the annual Rotary Club craft fair and more events that still need to be finalized. This year's plans are for four professional ribbers and other food vendors who will be cooking up food over the four-day festival.

This year the festival was extended to four days from the Thursday to Sunday, rather than three days which would usually run from the Thursday to Friday, with hopes that it will attract more American visitors because July 4 follows on the Monday, said Bell.

In the past, the local Ribfest was held at the Town Park beside the Gananoque Town Hall but currently the park is undergoing a revitalization project that isn't expected to wrap up until the end of June.

Currently, they're working with electricians to get things up and running for the summer, planning a solution for the beer tent that has to be fenced off, and working on a layout for the new venue.

"It's going to be a challenging year but we're looking forward to it," said Bell, adding that the Ribfest committee will approach whatever problems that come up as they occur.

"It's been something that has been missing for two years in Gananoque and we all want to get it back to put on a sensational event," she added.

(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)

Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times

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