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Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:33 PM

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VAN WERT — Following a very successful 2013 Rib Fest, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Rib Fest organizing committee has been hard at work making plans for the 8th annual Rib Fest to be held Aug. 8-9 next year.

The committee decided to move the Rib Fest forward one week in order to take advantage of the visitors coming to the annual Highway 127 Yard Sale and the Lincoln Highway Yard Sale. In 2014, the two sales will happen on the same weekend bringing a great many shoppers to our area.

“The Rib Fest has benefited each year by the people passing through Van Wert along the Highway 127 sale route,” said Larry Lee, CVB Director. “We’ve talked to many people at the Rib Fest who tell us they were just passing by the Fairground following the yard sale path, saw the crowd, smelled the ribs and decided to stop. Some of these people even end up spending overnight in Van Wert.”

The Rib Fest committee was so pleased with the turnout at the last event, they voted to bring a big-time entertainment to the Friday night event as well as the usual Saturday nigh event.

“The crowd really showed their appreciation for The Earthquakers who were last year’s Saturday night band! So we decided to bring them back for Friday night next year,” Lee said.

The EarthquakersThe Earthquaker are a four-man band from Erie, Penn., who have a sizeable following in western Ohio.

New to the Van Wert Rib Fest, but well-known in the area, Nashville Crush, will be the headline band for Saturday night. This seven-member band is a fusion of country and rock provided by some of the best musicians in the business.

“They put on a fantastic show,” Lee said. “And people who admit they don’t like country think this group is great.”

Additional area bands will be signed to play before and after each of the headline bands

Lee would like to remind anyone working on class reunion plans for next summer, that the Rib Fest is a great place to hold your reunion. Classmates will have a great selection of food, outstanding entertainment and a great time at the Rib Fest. Special reunion packages are available.

Call the Convention and Visitors Bureau at 419-238-9378 for more information.


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