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Finger lickin’ fun for Ribfest returns

Bernie Gerl of Camp 31 BBQ showed off some of his award-winning ribs that will be available at the Rotary Club of Oshawa’s annual Ribfest Aug. 18 to 20 at Lakeview Park. (Photo by Dave Flaherty).

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Durham Region’s original event dedicated to all things ribs will make its return to Lakeview Park in just about a month.

This year marks the 16th anniversary for the Rotary Club of Oshawa’s Ribfest, taking place Aug. 18 to Aug. 20.

Rhonda VanderLinde, past-president of the Rotary Club of Oshawa, says as in the past, 100 per cent of proceeds raised from Ribfest will stay in the community and support local causes, such as camp programs, breakfast programs at local schools and the 1515 Chadburn Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

VanderLinde says the Rotary Club of Oshawa has raised more than $1 million over the past 15 years from the Ribfest event.

Depending on how the weather cooperates, VanderLinde says she is expecting up to 60,000 people to visit Lakeview Park this year.

This year’s Ribfest will feature 10 “ribbers” from across North America and 70 vendors as well roughly a dozen acts providing live entertainment.

A full line-up of what will be offered over the three-day event is available at

Mayor John Henry says the impact of Ribfest is two-fold.

“For Rotary it’s their major fundraiser – all the money they raise goes right back into the community and it’s an exciting weekend with great music and good food, and gives the residents of Oshawa something to do at one of the nicest parks on the north side of Lake Ontario,” Henry says.

Asked if he likes to remind his fellow mayors that Oshawa had the original Ribfest in Durham Region, Henry joked “it is a bit of jab” he likes to get in but nevertheless praised the work of Rotary Clubs in communities across the municipality.

As always the event will feature free parking and admission, VanderLinde added.

“Come have a great time at the longest-standing Ribfest in Durham Region,” she says.