CANADA'S LARGEST RIBFEST
Canada's Largest Ribfest is proudly organized by the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore. "This is our largest and most successful community event and has been around since we planned Ontario's first Ribfest in 1996. Since that day, all proceeds collected have gone to charity."
Originally called the Burlington Ribfest, Canada’s Largest Ribfest began in 1996 when Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore members, John Thorpe and Bob Peeling were assigned with the task of creating a new fundraising event. Rotary Clubs are groups of people within a specific area that get together to provide humanitarian services to their community. Therefore the Rotary Club of Burlington Lakeshore was looking to raise money to assist charities, programs and services in Burlington. John, who is heavily involved in the cycling community, had heard of a race in Ohio called the Ribfest Race, where their finish line of the cycling event had a big barbeque party, the Columbus Jazz and Rib Fest. Bob and John visited the race in 1995 and thought it’d make a great fundraiser for their Club, especially since it was a unique concept at the time.
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