As hundreds of visitors made their way through the festival grounds, top chefs showed off their technique and their signature sauces in one of the area’s most delicious summertime events.
In addition to sampling some of the best ribs around, visitors had the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite ribs in the first ever Orrville rib burn off. Taking top honors in the inaugural Orrville Lions Club rib competition was BG’s Main Event of Rittman.
In addition to the mouth watering ribs, there were plenty of other activities to enjoy all weekend long.
On Friday evening, classic cars lined downtown streets to take part in the Motorin’ on Market Cruise In. Taking away the coveted ORLO NAPA Auto Parts People’s Choice Award was Bud Huffman of Wooster.
Local bands representing virtually every musical genre from blues and jazz to country and rock took to the stage to provide festival visitors with a rockin’ good time throughout the weekend.
On Friday evening visitors listened to the sounds of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s as presented by Phil-N-The Blanks and the music of Chicago, Tower of Power, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Sly and the Family Stone performed by the group The Visitors.
As the activities got under way on Saturday, four more bands took to the stage, including Counterfeit, which performs songs by new country artists such as Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and the Zac Brown Band and classic rock bands such as Bad Company, The Eagles and Tom Petty.
Counterfeit was followed by SOBOS, who rocked the house to the sounds of Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Genesis, Heart and Journey. The evening of entertainment concluded with the progressive rock stylings of the Josh Snyder Band and a performance by the roadhouse rock and blues band Electric Mud.
For visitors who couldn’t get enough spicy food, there was also a buffalo wings eating contest.
While older visitors enjoyed the food and the music, the youngest visitors found plenty of entertainment designed especially for them, including kids bicycle races hosted by the Orrville Cycling Club, giant inflatables and face painting.
Because kids of all ages love trains, the Orrville Railroad Heritage Society also invited visitors to take train and track car rides and try their hand at taking a spin on an authentic hand car.
The visual arts were represented as well when MosaicConnection hosted a community chalk drawing of a Ray Charles picture. Members of the 120 Artists CoOp were also on hand to sell original works of art.
The 2011 CenturyLink Orrville Rib and Music Fest was a joint venture between Main Street Orrville and the Orrville Lions Club. The event sponsors included Century Link, First National Bank and Serpentini Orrville.
Main Street Orrville’s mission is to keep Orrville’s downtown vibrant. As part of that mission the organization sponsors special events to introduce the community to all that downtown Orrville has to offer. More information on Main Street Orrville and its calendar of events can be found at http://www.mainstreetorrville.org.
The Orrville Lions Club, which was chartered in 2009, is part of the world’s largest service club organization. In addition to supporting the international organization’s fundraising efforts to prevent and cure blindness, the Orrville Lions Club supports many other programs designed to address needs that are often unmet in the local community. Information on the work of the Orrville Lions Club can be found at http://www.orrvillelionsclub.com.
Published: August 18, 2011