The London Rib and Jazz Fest continues to add new attractions to keep the two-day event fresh.
Spokesperson Amy Rees said new food and entertainment vendors are coming to the festival.
“The festival gets bigger, busier and better every year with more people attending and more vendors and artists wishing to participate,” Rees said. “Going to a two-day event enabled us to expand the festival to accommodate all of the interest. We also felt that extending the festival into the weekend would allow more families to attend.”
In the critical area of ribs, there will be the return of “the usual suspects,” but new to the festival will be Fine Smoke of Columbus. They’ll do ribs and other menu items.
In general food fare, new additions to menu include:
New local vendors, Buckley’s — name from the past — and the 2014 London Lightning Swim Team, which will sell snow cones and shaved ice confections.
Also new are Chow Bella Concessions of Grove City; Bite Me! Gourmet Corn Dogs of West Chester; Seasonal Selections LLC of Waynesville.
New also this year is pre-registration for the car show. The Friday-only event has already quite a number already making use of the service.
Chair Tim Wilson said he’s “thrilled” by the number of registrations so far. Voting is all people’s choice. There are no judges for the show. The show will be on the east side and west side of Second Street.
Stray Dawgs Motorcycle Show and Poker Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 2. Registration at 11 a.m. at 150 Liberty St., London. Poker run starts at 1pm and ends on Second Street.
Cost is $20 for a single rider, $30 for a passenger. Trophies will be awarded to the two best bikes in the show and the three best poker hands. Proceeds benefit the Madison County H.E.L.P. House.
To work up an appetite OR work OFF some calories, there will be two Saturday events: the Rib Tickler Bicycle Ride, which will start at 9 a.m., Saturday, on Second and Oak Street (the municipal parking lot) at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2.
The Rib Tickler 5K fun run will be at 8:30 P.M. and course through the historic district of the city.
The children will have no shortage of things to do. Activities include the following:
• The Shazzbots, 11 a.m., Saturday on the main stage
• Paint your own picture on canvas
• Balloon Animals and Face Painting
• Blacksmith Demonstration and Gem Mining
• Two Bounce Houses, Saturday noon to 3 p.m.
• COSI — Interactive stations
Among the arts and crafts folk will be the following:
• Dawn Mann, Fredericktown, jewelry
• Alice Seyfried, London, paintings
• Donna Shirey, Reynoldsburg, jewelry
• ReAnn Designs, Reba Mescher, Dayton, NFL, MLB, college mdse.
• Jim Fetzer, Lancaster, pottery
• The Absolute Zoo, Vince Shuler, London, blacksmith
• Andre Johnson, Grove City, sports bracelets
• Steven Beaty, Springfield, metal fabricator
The musical line-up includes:
Friday, Aug. 1
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — The Ukulele Cowboy Society
1:30-3:30 p.m. — The Drifter Kings
4-6 p.m. — Space for Rent
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Johnny Mack and the Heavy Weights
9-11 p.m. — Mojo Theory
Saturday, Aug. 2
11 a.m. to noon — Shazzbots
Noon to 1 p.m. — Matt Rees
1:30-3:30 p.m. — Lords of Literature
4-6 p.m. — Pett Crow
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Ray and Power Inc.
9-11 p.m. — The Legend Band
There will also be a cornhole tournament 4 to 8 p.m., on Saturday.
Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1617, ext. 1617 and on Twitter@DeanAShipley