With all due respect to the "Big Boy" of music events this summer, there's little doubt that Sarnia Ribfest will turn out to be one of the biggest family values going, say organizers from the local Kinsmen Club.
"This is a true family value," says Dave Johnston, a club member who''s front and centre, along with Kerry Belliveau, a photographer who's taking the reins when it comes to organizing the bands over the four-day event, covering June 14-17.
The value part comes with the price of admission, which is a voluntary contribution going to support Sarnia Kinsmen projects, says Johnston.
The fun begins on Thursday evening with three bands—Everglow, Whiskey Rain, and 3rd Wave.
Friday's music features Mudmen along with four additional bands: Portrait of You, The Plank Road Hammers, Southern Funk Experience, and Shelly Rastin.
On Saturday, entertainment is being provided by The Room, The Little Wingz Band, Chemical Valley, Rumblefish, and Hydrosmith.
There will also be a "Rise 2 Fame" Youth Talent Search, with two categories: a junior (at 10 a.m.) and youth (at 1 p.m.)
Sunday's wrap-up will include rib judging results and music by Rick Steeves (from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Belliveau says this year's event, the 14th annual, promises to be outstanding in a number of ways.
"These are some very very good bands that are on the line-up. Plus, we have great food and even a midway that's about a third of the size of the Western Fair."