Cruise in to the 2019 Wayne County Music and RibFest

Cruise in to the 2019 Wayne County Music and RibFest
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If your friends say you make the best backyard barbecue around, you have a chance to show off your talent at the third annual barbecue contest. The $50 entry fee includes two racks of ribs and one chicken. Register and view the rules at www.waynecountyfairohio.com.

                        

The 2019 Wayne County Music and RibFest on Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 should have a little something for everyone, according to organizer Rich Mairs.

“We’re gong to add a cruise-in this year and more local music,” Mairs said.

The free event, hosted at the Wayne County Fairgrounds, is building on last year’s fifth-year anniversary. On Friday the gates will open from 4-11 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Highlights for Friday include a beer and wine tent, a Hog Wild fun zone including inflatables and a Cozy Coupe race, and the Electric Circus.

Saturday will feature the Quota Club’s Rockin’ Rib Run, which goes from Leroy’s to the fairgrounds, starting at 9 a.m., as well as a backyard barbecue contest, Summit Sky, The Twang Cats, County Line from 5:30-7 p.m. and Dirty Deeds at 8 p.m.

If your friends say you make the best backyard barbecue around, you have a chance to show off your talent at the third annual barbecue contest. The $50 entry fee includes two racks of ribs and one chicken. Register and view the rules at www.waynecountyfairohio.com.

The RibFest continues to evolve and grow through the years.

“We originally started when we completed the Buckeye Agricultural Museum and we realized we needed to do some fundraising,” Mairs said.

Mairs said this would be the first year for a free cruise-in. There is no registration or fee required for the Friday event.

Mairs said entrants could just show up at the fairgrounds to display their vehicle.

“It’s basically like the cruise-ins they have downtown,” Mairs said.

Mairs said because it’s the first year for it, they’re not sure how many vehicles will participate, but he said he expects something similar.

Another popular attraction — besides all the food — is the grandstand entertainment.

“This year we decided to go with more of a variety of local artists than one big headliner,” Mairs said. “We went on feedback that we got last year.”

Mairs said there’s a nice mix of country, rock ‘n’ roll and bluegrass music.

“A couple local acts that have drawn good interest are the AC/DC tribute band, Dirty Deeds, and we have the County Line band coming back,” Mairs said.

No separate ticket is required for the grandstand events as it was in years past.

A couple events that were added last year were very popular and will continue this year.

“Again, we’ll be doing a corn hole tournament because it was very well received last year,” Mairs said.

Another popular addition from last year was the golf ball drop.

Mairs said participants buy a ticket for $5 for numbered golf balls, which are dropped from a lift onto a target below. Prizes are $1,000 for the ball closest to the pin and $500, $200 and $50 for second place, third place and fourth place.

Mairs said the sponsor for the golf ball drop is Goo Goo Car Wash, which is going to give away $5 car wash coupons to participants.

“This covers the cost of the ball drop, if you think about it,” Mairs said.

Mairs said there will be five professional rib and chicken vendors along with other kinds of foods including Lerch’s Donuts and other treats.

“We’ll also have hamburgers and hot dogs because not everybody likes barbecue,” Mairs said.

In past years the RibFest has drawn between 2 and 3 thousand visitors, largely depending on the weather.

Hosts for the event include the Friends of the Wayne County Fair, Quota Club International of Wooster and WQKT.

Sponsors include Petroset of Wooster, WQKT, Bud Light, Fused Outdoor, Morris Oil Company, Quota International of Wooster, Northwestern Mutual – Charles Kuss Financial Advisors, Goo Goo Car Wash, Morris Oil Co., RES Auction Services, HER Realtors, Wayne Insurance Group, Wooster Color Point and John DeChant Excavating.

The complete schedule for the RibFest is available at www.waynecountyfairohio.com.


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