July 24, 2018 PRESS RELEASE
9th Annual Orangeville Rotary Ribfest
After 11 months of planning and discussions and countless hours donated by Rotary Club of
Orangeville volunteer members, we have just completed one of our most successful Orangeville
Rotary Ribfests ever with just under 20,000 visitors over the entire weekend. We set new
attendance records on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. The rain on Sunday kept us from
setting a new record for the weekend but we came close! All of our guests were treated to great
entertainment, ribs, other culinary delights and an active marketplace.
We’d be interested in your thoughts on how we can make Orangeville Rotary Ribfest 2019 even
better and ask that you complete our online survey:
We are truly humbled by our community’s support of this event. We’d also like to acknowledge
the patience of the immediate surrounding neighbourhood to the Alder Street Soccer Fields, who
experienced our loud enthusiasm throughout the weekend. Thank You!
Our wonderful 150 person community volunteer team kept Ribfest running smoothly, doing
everything from greeting patrons, cleaning tables, serving beer and managing the waste and
recycling stations. The vast majority of these volunteers were not members of the Rotary Club of
Orangeville. They were members of our community and the surrounding area who wanted to
help. Thank You!
We would like to recognize several other community organizations who helped make Orangeville
Rotary Ribfest a success: 4th Orangeville Scout Group, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Dufferin County
Waste Services, IODE, Optimist Club of Orangeville, Orangeville Lions Club, Orangeville Police
Services, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands, and Town of Orangeville Parks & Recreation.
We’d also like to thank the students of Mill Creek Voice Studio getting us started on Friday evening with a beautiful rendition of Oh Canada. Thank You!
Our celebrity rib-judging contest took place on Saturday afternoon and Ribfest patrons voted all
weekend for their favourite “Peoples’ Choice” Ribber. Winners this year were:
● Judges’ Choice Best Ribs – Camp 31
● Judges’ Choice Best Sauce – Silver Bullet
● People’s Choice Award – Billy Bones BBQ
While we don’t yet know our exact surplus of funds that we will be using to support Rotary
projects throughout 2018 – 2019, we are confident that it will approach the range of surpluses from the last three years, which were $87,000 - $90,000. 100% of those funds will support Rotary Club of Orangeville Projects.
Since last year’s Ribfest 2017, we have donated money to refurbish the kitchen and electrical
systems at Orangeville Food Bank, refurbish the kitchen at The Lighthouse on Broadway,
purchased a “Buddy Bike” for Community Living Dufferin, and we will be purchasing new
furniture for Family Transition Place. Ribfest 2017 funds are also being used, in partnership with
Devonleigh Homes, Whispering Pines Landscaping and Friendship Gardens, to build a new
tranquil gazebo adjacent to the Headwaters Health Care Centre’s emergency exit.
With the Ribfest 2018 surplus in mind, we have been exploring a small number of sizable multiyear projects in partnership with local social service and recreation oriented agencies. Once the details have been finalized, we will make more formal announcements in conjunction with our partners.
If you are a community service oriented organization that has a need or a project in mind for the
Rotary Club of Orangeville, please visit our website at http://orangevillerotary.ca/about-rco/rcodonation-application-process/ to understand our donation criteria and application process.
Thank-you to the many volunteers, bands, corporate sponsors, ribbers, vendors, and to you, the
citizens of Orangeville, Dufferin County and beyond, for helping to make the 9th annual
Orangeville Rotary Ribfest such a success.
See you in 2019 —July 19, 20 and 21—save the dates!
What do Rotary clubs do?
Rotary clubs address critical issues at home and abroad by providing health care and medical
supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide
humanitarian service and help to build goodwill in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million
Rotary club members belonging to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. The Rotary
Foundation has awarded more than US $2.1 billion in grants, which are administered at the local
level by Rotary clubs.
One of Rotary International’s global causes is ending Polio. Since committing to this goal in 1985,
there has been a 99.9% reduction in polio cases worldwide, ending polio in 122 countries and, as
a by-product, creating a system to track other health priorities like Ebola.
In Orangeville and surrounding area, the Rotary Club of Orangeville has partnered with the Town
of Orangeville, Dufferin County, Theatre Orangeville, other service clubs and non-profits, local
schools, and many local charitable organizations to successfully deliver several service and infrastructure projects including Rotary Park, Rotary Skateboard Park, Rotary Way, the Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame, dictionaries each year for all local Grade 3 students, Grandpals, Island Lake Trails, the Fendley Park Splashpad as well as the newer projects discussed earlier in this press release.
Please visit our website at http://www.orangevillerotary.ca to learn more about what we do for
Orangeville and how you can join us.
Issued by Charles McCabe, Chairperson Orangeville Ribfest 2018, (519) 288-6815
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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