|Rhythm and Rib Fest Saturday|
|Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:34 PM|
By Alex Woodring
OTTAWA — The Putnam County Fairgrounds are rapidly being prepared for a busy weekend of action at the Annual Tri-State Rhythm and Rib Fest Saturday.
The major highlight of the festival every year is the tasty rib eating opportunities as well as a rib judging contest. Other than devouring ribs, the festivities will include a corn hole tournament at 2 p.m. Early registration has passed but folks can register the day of the competition.
Sponsored by First Federal Bank and the Ottawa-Glandorf Jaycees, the Rib Fest gates are set to open at 8 a.m. and will go well into the evening as guests will be entertained by two bands. The first band playing will be Indoorfins from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by Mustang Sally.
The Indoorfins are a band based out of Lima that plays a large variety of music. Since August of 1991, the Indoorfins have been navigating the waters of pop music in and around Lima and exploring electronic entertainment.
Mustang Sally is out of Nashville, Tenn., and has performed alongside high profile names such as Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and Blake Shelton. They routinely perform more than 200 dates a year and have toured the U.S. from coast to coast, as well as Europe and Asia.
While the music of Mustang Sally appeals to all ages, the girls take particular pride in writing songs that “tell it like it is” for women. The band has been described as “Sex and the City meets Honky Tonk.”
A staple of the festival is the annual car show. The 10th annual Four Deuces Car Show will have registration beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Judges show with participant vote and will be awarding 31 trophies with one going to best of show and the rest going to five specialty categories and a Top 25. Awards will be given at 5 p.m.
In conjunction with the Putnam County Health Department, the festival will also have a 5K road race and walk.
Returning will be wine tasting from 1 to 9 p.m.
Those who will need a ride home after the event will be able to utilize the Black and White Cab Service.
A stocked wine refrigerator will be given away at 9 p.m.