London Rib and Jazz Fest devours 5,000 lbs of ribs

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Jeff Mathewson of the London Kiwanis loads the cooker with more slabs of ribs. They sold more than ever during the sixth annual London Rib and Jazz Fest held Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2.
Jeff Mathewson of the London Kiwanis loads the cooker with more slabs of ribs. They sold more than ever during the sixth annual London Rib and Jazz Fest held Friday, Aug. 1 and Saturday, Aug. 2.
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Edition No. 6 of the London Rib and Jazz Fest has been called the best ever. Organizers had not yet held their post-event wrap-up meeting, but said Monday this two-day event was the best of the lot.


Lots of ribs were sold, according to festival committee member Pat Closser, who tabulated totals from the six rib burners.


“They did over 5,000 pounds of just ribs,” Closser said. Add to that 1,500 pounds of pulled pork and brisket.


Fine Smoke of Columbus was the latest edition to the rib cooking line-up.


Dave Snyder, who partners with Adam Reighley, said he enjoyed the show and called it a nice event. Snyder said their two-day sale of ribs weighed in at around 800 pounds. Fine Smoke also sold 120 pounds of pork butt and 150 pounds of brisket.


“We thought we did well for a small city,” Snyder said. People here were very accommodating, he added.


He said at times, their booth experienced a power shortage, mostly during peak hours of the day.


Closser explained some vendors added appliances, such as warmers, to their operations, but did not inform the organizers. So additional panels of electric had to be added to make sure every booth remained powered up. Closser said the committee will address that issue for next year.


Otherwise, the festival operated without glitches. Amy Rees said the 5K run/walk drew 75 participants, more than double of last year’s numbers.


Rees said she received good reports from crafts people, as well.


“We haven’t heard a negative thing on any of it,” Rees said.


Wayne Roberts reported The Rib Tickler bicycling event saw 37 bicyclists ride the London to Brighton run. Spotty rain dampened some riders, but others made it through without a drop. The Friends of Madison County Parks and Trails’ other fundraisers went well, according to Roberts. Proceeds are applied to trail maintenance.


The car show saw an increase in the number of participants to 124, according to Tim Wilson, chair.


“Lots of good compliments,” Wilson said. The expansion to the east side of Second Street was a welcome move.


The crowd voted on the best of show car and that honor went to a 1971 Plymouth Satellite GTX, owned by Chris Dodge of Mount Sterling. The Dodges were hosting a family member from Germany, Saskia Schmidts. They brought their own shade in the form of colorful umbrellas.


A mishap occurred at the end of the show. As a car owned by John Dixon was being moved, it momentarily lurched out of control and into a 1962 Thunderbird and 1935 Chevrolet Coupe on the opposite side of East Second Street. No injuries were reported. Damages appeared to be covered by insurance, according to a London Police Department report.


Jon Short, who devoured a plate of Wilson’s ribs, summed the event up well.


He said the Rib and Jazz Fest “is the best thing London’s tried in terms of festivals. Something good to eat and music.”


Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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