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Ribs, music and fun in North Bay

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Grab the napkins, Ribfest is on the go this weekend at the North Bay waterfront. 

The festival runs Thursday through Sunday and includes Canadian ribbers, vendors, a kid zone and plenty of music. 

Steve Bitonti, committee member, says over a dozen entertainers will be performing throughout the weekend.  

“That’s why it’s more of a gate opportunity for people to come in and pay to see the talent,” he says. “We’re trying to support those talented individuals that are predominately from North Bay, with the exception of our two  headliners, who have connections to North Bay.” 

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There’s also an express line for those just looking to get some ribs.  

Bitonti says a big part of the event is collecting non-perishable food donations for the North Bay Food Bank. 

“Stockfish Ford has brought in a truck to fill every day, so we’re looking to fill it up every day, especially when Elvis is here,” he says. “The Elvis that we’re bringing in has raised over 65,000 pounds of food for food banks. We’re looking to keep that trend and put North Bay on the map for contributing to that.” 

Bitonti says the festival by the Rotary gazebo and The Boat Restaurant is only using one parking lot with their set-up. 

Memorial Drive will only be closed from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm on Sunday, to allow for the fireworks finale. 

Visit North Bay Ribfest 2022 on Facebook for more information on wristbands.

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