SCUGOG: Members of the Port Perry Rotary Club updated Scugog councillors on this year’s Port Perry Ribfest at a meeting on Monday, April 3rd.
At the meeting, Jim Brady and Arch Evans spoke about the club’s vision for the second annual event, which will once again be held at Palmer Park, and asked the Township to waive certain fees.
The event will once again be a three-day Ribfest, this year running from Friday, August 4th, until Sunday, August 6th. However, there have been a few changes made to this year’s event.
“One thing that has changed here is that we are opening at noon hour on the Friday,” Jim Brady told Councillors.
This year’s Ribfest will be raising funds for the Oak Ridges Hospice of Durham.
“We have committed to $100,000 [for the hospice], $50,000 this year plus $50,000 next year,” Mr. Brady said.
There is also a new feature coming to the Ribfest event.
“We’ve also introduced a lottery which you can win [a cruise] with Royal Caribbean,” Mr. Brady said.
Entry into the event will once again be free, but the club will be accepting donations. The falcons will also be back to keep the seagulls away.
“Last year, people were saying that the tables were the cleanest they have ever seen at a Ribfest,” Mr. Brady said.
Last year, the event was attended by over 21,000 people. This year, the club is expecting a larger turnout.
“Our forecast this year is for 25,000 [people] depending on the weather,” Mr. Evans said.
Council unanimously agreed to approve the event and to waive fees for the use of the Latcham Centre, Scugog Community Recreation Centre parking lot (for a shuttle bus service to the event) and the fire inspection fee, and to allow the use of generators in the park as long as organizers submit a plan to the Township by May 1st.