About Orangeville Ribfest
THE NORMAL RIBFEST
The first Orangeville Rotary Ribfest took place on the 3rd weekend of July in 2010. That first year our attendance was 9600 and we raised about ten thousand dollars. For the last three years, attendance has grown to 20,000+ and we have raised over $250,000. Since its inception, Rotary has raised over half a million dollars at the Orangeville Ribfest! All funds raised at Ribfest support Rotary projects and services right here in the community like the splashpad in Fendley Park, the Rotary gazebo on the Island Lake Trail, the Rotary Way bike route, the exciting intergenerational GrandPals program, Community Living Dufferin, the Orangeville Food Bank, the Rotary pavilion at Headwaters Health Care Centre, and of course the new natural playground at the Island Lake Conservation Area.
In 2019, our male Ribfest hog was joined by a female partner, and a contest was held to name the two Ribfest mascots. The selected names are Harv-ee and Su-ee, and we hope they will be joining us for many more years to come!
In an effort to maintain a safe, clean, and fun-filled family event, the Orangeville Rotary Ribfest has a no pets policy. Service animals are welcome but, sorry, no pets are allowed.
In 2020 and 2021, due to COVID-19, Ribfest was a drive-thru event. No entertainment, no car show, no beer tent, no vendors or volunteers, but still the same mouth-watering ribs from 2 fabulous ribbers. In 2021, the Rotary Club of Palgrave was also on hand serving up grilled cheese sandwiches, along with Ontario Corn Roasters, and for desert…Tiny Tom Donuts. The drive-thru format allowed Orangeville Rotary to safely serve ribs and more, without you having to leave your car.
Regardless of the format, all funds raised go to local Rotary projects. All donations are greatly appreciated. You’ll see our donation buckets as you leave the site.