July 19, 2016 PRESS RELEASE
7th Annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest
Wow, what another great weekend! A cool Friday night led into perfect weather for Saturday and Sunday. The ribs were sizzling, the beer was cold and the fields behind Alder Street Community Centre were the place to be!
Our wonderful volunteer team—over 150 strong this year—kept Ribfest going smoothly, doing everything from greeting patrons, cleaning tables, serving beer and, with help from Dufferin Waste Services, managing the waste & recycling stations.
Additionally, the Orangeville Jr B. Northmen helped us with some of the heavy lifting, setting up the field before we opened on Friday and tearing it down on Sunday after we closed.
The Rotary Club of Orangeville would like to extend a huge thank-you to those volunteers and the Northmen. We simply could not put on an event like Ribfest without you.
Friday started off on our theme of featuring local talent. Following a fabulous rendition of Oh Canada by students of Alexandra Pomeroy, the formal music venue opened with Rhythm Foot & The Leahy Family leading into The Johnny Lane Band, who played like Lynyrd Skynyrd in their prime!
Our celebrity rib-judging contest took place on Saturday afternoon when our seven judges sampled ribs and sauces from each of our wonderful ribbers. Ribfest patrons also got to vote for their favourite “Peoples’ Choice” ribber. Our winning ribbers this year were:
- Judges’ Choice Best Ribs – Billy Bones BBQ
- Judges’ Choice Best Sauce – Hawgs Gone Wild
- People’s Choice Award – Billy Bones BBQ
The Ribfest Classic Auto Show followed the celebrity rib-judging on Saturday. In addition to the Ribbers’ Choice Favourite Cars, Ribfest patrons also had a chance to vote for their favourite Community Choice best car!
Saturday finished with a fabulous local one-two music punch with Larry Kurtz & The Lawbreakers leading into the Campfire Poets. It doesn’t get any better than that!
On Sunday, our music started nicely mellow with Rhyme ‘n’ Reason, building up through the day with The Stompin’ Flyers and Old School and finishing up-tempo with The Firecats, which included some familiar performers from the night before. Ultimutts Stunt Dog Show put on three entertaining shows in the field behind the Ribbers, showcasing their wonderful dogs (and a cat).
With the great weather, we set attendance records on both Saturday and Sunday as well as for the total weekend, exceeding the 20,000 attendee mark for the first time in our seven-year history! We won’t know what the final number will be for net funds raised for awhile but we are confident that we will meet our targets for Grandpals and Rotary Way.
Thank-you to our many volunteers, our fabulous bands and performers, our sponsors, our ribbers, all the Ribfest vendors, and to you, the citizens of Orangeville, Dufferin County and beyond, for helping to make the 7th annual Rotary Ribfest such a success. See you in 2017—July 14, 15 and 16—save the dates!
See you at the Orangeville Ribfest 2017!
November 23, 2015 PRESS RELEASE
Rotary Club wraps up fundraising for new splash pad
The Rotary Club of Orangeville has concluded its $250,000 fundraising campaign for the new splash pad in Fendley Park, with the presentation of the final $60,000 to the Town of Orangeville. The presentation at Orangeville Council on November 23 saw Rotarian Don Voisey, who chaired the project, say that the five-year fundraising initiative – involving the annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest from 2010 to 2015 — was one of the club’s biggest efforts.
The splash pad opened in early July of this year. This project in Orangeville’s west end balances the Rotary Club’s other projects in the east end, namely the Skateboard Park and Rotary Park.
The splash pad theme is a pond with natural elements, such as frogs, cattails, flowers, and other flora and fauna typically found around a country pond. A unique feature is the addition of sound to some of the elements. Children can push a button to activate features and when activated the sound of that element will be heard, such as the sounds of frogs, crickets, blackbirds and sparrows.
The splash pad has two distinct areas for younger children and older children and is fully accessible, including activation devices that initiate a water feature by rolling a wheelchair over the device. The splash pad features a sophisticated recirculation water treatment system that meets all Ontario guidelines and is housed in a separate building on the site – a building that will also contain washrooms and change room facilities. The project also includes landscaping and a shade structure adjacent to the splash pad and existing playground.
Stephen Burnett and Associates was retained as the project manager – and in turn, the company donated $1,000 towards the contract. The construction project was awarded to Demikon Construction which has partnered with Openspace Solutions Inc.
The Orangeville Accessibility Committee funded a universal playground structure – suitable for children of all abilities – in the adjacent playground.
October 5, 2015 PRESS RELEASE
Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame Guest Speaker
The Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame Committee along with the Rotary Club of Orangeville are thrilled to announce that decorated Olympian and Orangeville resident Brian Price will be the guest speaker for this year’s Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The event will take place on Thursday, October 29th at Hogey’s in Alder Street arena beginning at 6:30.
Tickets are $50.00 each and may be purchased at Orangeville Precast or by contacting Doug Harkness at (519)941-4050.
This year’s inductees will be announced early next week.
September 12, 2015 PRESS RELEASE
The Giant Rotary Golf Ball Drop
The Giant Rotary Golf Ball Drop took place this afternoon at the Lynbrook Family Golf Centre in Amaranth. The zoom-boom was positioned on the drop zone and shortly after 2 p.m., hundreds of numbered golf balls were released from a cage suspended 60 feet in the air. The grand prize of $1,000 was awarded to Gail Murphy, whose ball was closest to the hole at a distance of 1” from the cup. The second prize of $300 was won by Wray Gibson, whose ball was just a little further away at 1.5” from the hole. And the third prize of $200 went to the ball furthest from the hole—third prize went to Scott Hughes, whose ball was 65’ 10” from the hole.
Congratulations to all three winners!
Thank-you to everyone who purchased a ticket and to RBC and Scotiabank, who assisted us with ticket sales. And thank-you to our partner, Lynbrook Family Golf Centre, and to our donors, for helping to make this event possible: Orangeville Equipment Rentals who donated the zoom-boom, Bruce Blears of the Amaranth Lions Club for all those golf balls, and the Grand Valley Lions Club for the use of their “duck” basket! Proceeds from the Giant Rotary Golf Ball Drop will go to support the Headwaters Health Care Foundation’s Commitment to Care campaign and to Rotary projects in the community.
July 20, 2015 PRESS RELEASE
6th Annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest
Wow, what a weekend! A little wet on Friday night, but Saturday and Sunday were hot and sunny, the ribs were sizzling, the beer was cold and Orangeville Ribfest was quite a party! Our wonderful volunteer team—over 100 strong this year—kept Ribfest going smoothly, doing everything from greeting patrons, cleaning tables, serving beer and, with help from Dufferin Waste Services, managing the waste & recycling stations. Our Volunteer of the Year this year was Troy Everson, who went above and beyond the call of duty. The Rotary Club of Orangeville would like to congratulate Troy and to extend a huge thank-you to each and every volunteer who helped us out this year. We simply could not put on an event like Ribfest without you.
Our rib-judging contest took place on Saturday afternoon when our seven judges sampled ribs and sauce from each of our wonderful ribbers. The Ribfest Classic Auto Show took place on Saturday under blue skies. This year, in addition to the Ribbers’ Choice Favourite Cars, Ribfest patrons also had a chance to vote for their favourite Community Choice best car! On Sunday, our all-Bluegrass music was mellow and we served up hundreds of cupcakes to help celebrate the opening of the Rotary Splashpad at Fendley Park. Four Paws Flying put on three dazzling shows, showcasing their wonderful dogs, and Toms Martial Arts gave us two energetic and exciting shows as well.
And, with the great weather, Saturday was a record-breaking day for us with over 10,000 attendees! Over the entire weekend, attendance was up 5% from last year. We won’t know for a few weeks what the final number will be for net funds raised but, as in previous years, all funds will go towards the splashpad in Fendley Park, which is now up and running. Based on preliminary numbers, it’s looking good for achieving this year’s fundraising goal of $60,000.
Our winning ribbers this year were:
- Judges’ Choice Best Ribs – Billy Bones BBQ
- Judges’ Choice Best Sauce – Crazy Canuck Smokers
- People’s Choice Award – Boss Hogs, for the 4th year in a row!
One last note: after closing on Sunday, our ribbers, My Favourite Fudge and All Popped Up!!! [the Kettle Corn folks] generously donated their left over food to the Choices Youth Shelter and to Family Transition Place, both located in Orangeville. Thank-you to our many volunteers, our fabulous bands and performers, our sponsors, our ribbers and all the Ribfest vendors, and to you, the citizens of Orangeville, Dufferin County and beyond, for helping to make the 6th annual Rotary Ribfest such a success. See you in 2016—July 15, 16 and 17—save the dates!
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See you at the 2016 Ribfest!