It was bopping weekend in London for the annual Rib and Jazz Festival, with almost 10,000 pounds of food sold and hours of jazz enjoyed by scores of people.
Ribs, music and a dozen artisans sold their wares as festivities wrapped up Saturday night with some of the most spectacular weather. Over 5,000 pounds of ribs were sold along with thousands of pounds of other meats as well.
“I think it went great,” said London Mayor Pat Closser. “It was very busy and our vendors did very well. Besides Friday, where we had a little weather threat, it was very busy, especially Saturday.”
“The [festival] committee is thrilled with the turnout,” added Andrea Litchfield, spokesperson for the festival. “It’s hard to be believe this festival began 10 years ago in a small parking lot in downtown. Now, that parking lot won’t even hold half of our car show!”
Closser wanted to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors and attendees.
“It really puts downtown London in the spotlight. We couldn’t do it without the support of our many volunteers,” added Litchfield. “It’s always inspiring to see our entire community pull together to put on a great show of BBQ, beer and blues.”
The two said they had a few highlights from the festival.
While smaller than usual, Closser said the Car Show on Friday was still a great time.
“Our Superhero Walk, Run and Roll 5K [on Saturday] was by far our most successful 5K ever,” said Litchfield. “More than 200 participants registered, and about $3,000 was raised for Access Cowling. It was a phenomenal event. Even LPD Chief Nicol dressed up as Wolverine.”
Closser said he’s proud of the unique festival and wants to see it thrive more and more.
“I’d love to see some more art salesmen and craftspeople here,” he said. “I think that’s what we really need here is people selling some really unique and great stuff here.”
Maximilian Kwiatkowski can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, or on Twitter @msfkwiat.