Sarnia Ribfest moving to Father’s Day at Canatara

Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest Gonzalez BBQ Photo courtesy of Matt McNeil

Some big changes are planned for the 2020 Sarnia Kinsmen Ribfest.

The 21st annual event has been moved back to the Father’s Day long-weekend in June, and from Centennial Park to Canatara Park.

Event Chair Jack Struck said the club used to hold Ribfest on Father’s Day weekend for about 11 or 12 years.

He said the changes will draw more people to the event, which typically attracts around 30,000 people yearly.

“Oh yes, it’s definitely going to bring more people, I can see that. We had a meeting last night and every one of the members they thought ‘Wow this is… we’re going to be busy people,'” said Struck. “The big change is, because of Father’s Day weekend, they can bring the whole family because you have Children’s Animal Farm, you have lots of parking, and there’s some good areas for the kids to play in, there’s the new playground area, and to us, we feel like it’s a good move.”

Struck said next year’s event will include at least five professional rib teams, around 30 food and craft vendors, an artisan area, and lots of music.

He said it will also bring in a lot of money for the community and local charities.

“Our kin-year runs from July 1 to June 30, so our last year we donated back to the community about $32,000.”

Struck said the Kinsmen Club supports over 30 charities and initiatives, including the Inn of the Good Shepherd, Sarnia-Lambton Kidney Foundation, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Canadian Cancer Society.

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