By MORGAN MANNS
Some would argue that summer nights and BBQ ribs are a perfect combination.
With the summer season vastly approaching, local community members will have the opportunity to partake in a summer evening filled with some of the best ribs in the area.
The Fostoria Area Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau will be hosting Fostoria’s inaugural Smokin’ Pig Rib-Off from 5-10 p.m. June 13 at the field near the Fostoria Junior/Senior High School.
“We wanted to do something that was fun,” said chamber executive director Pamela Smith. “We’re always putting things together to help the community and this seemed like a good mix of entertainment and community service.”
All proceeds from the event will go towards the chamber to be put back into the community through future events, programs and other various activities.
Community members will have the opportunity to taste the homemade ribs of Wiseguys Redneck BBQ, Hawg Sauce BBQ, Boogy’s Smokin’ BBQ, Buckeye Smokin’ BBQ and more. The vendors will also be selling beef, chicken, sides and drinks.
All of the food will be cooked on-site, Smith said.
As part of the Rib-Off, local residents may not only taste the food, but vote on their favorite ribs. A group of judges will also vote on which ribs they felt were the best tasting.
Two awards will be won for Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. According to Smith, the vendor(s) with the best ribs will receive $250 and a Smokin’ Pig Trophy.
A DJ will be set up, as well as a beer tent and 50/50 tickets will be sold throughout the event.
“If it goes well, which we hope it does, then I think it would be a good thing to do it every year because it’s a summer fun event,” she said.
Cost is $4 for senior citizens, $5 for adults and free for children ages 10 and younger. Smith said it is open to the public and she hopes team members from the weekend sports and from the Gus Macker National 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, which will be June 14-15 at the schools with registration June 13, will attend the Rib-Off.
“It’ll be an exciting and fun time for families and people to come out and enjoy some good food,” she said.
There are four more spaces left for vendors and they are open at a “first-come, first-served” basis, according to Smith.
For more information on or to inquire about being a vendor for the event, contact Smith at the chamber office at 419-435-0486.
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