Finger Lickin’

CELORON – Despite the gloomy skies and rain, the fifth annual Celoron Rib-Fest started Wednesday.

Five different rib vendors – two local and three national – began to feed hungry festivalgoers at 3 p.m. and will continue through Saturday.

“It’s the people,” said Gary Stephens, owner of Sgt. Oinks BBQ, when asked what the best thing about the Celoron Rib-Fest was. Justin Williams, of Pigfoot BBQ, agreed with Stephens, and said there wasn’t a single time he went to a festival and didn’t meet good people.

The rib vendors will be doing lunch specials every day.

There will be various activities throughout the weekend. Harley-Davidson of Jamestown will sponsor motorcycle day on Friday with special bike parking along the Boulevard at Lucille Ball Memorial Park all day and night. Pre-registration will be held Thursday and Friday from 3-10 p.m. and Saturday from 9-11 a.m. for the Ride to find’em Poker Run.

The first bike will be out Friday at 11 a.m. and the last bike will be out at 11:45 a.m. On Saturday, the Southern Tier Classic Chevy Club will sponsor a classic car show from noon – 4 p.m. Special awards will be given out at 4:09 p.m. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Music will also be playing live at the Desi Arnaz Bandshell throughout the festival. Today, blues band Blue Magoo will be playing from 6-9 p.m. Ruckus will be bringing back the ’70s and ’80s on Friday from 5-7:40 p.m. with Jack Rabbit Slim following up with their rock music from 8-11 p.m. Saturday will feature three bands: Kokomo Time Band will perform hits from the ’60s and ’70s from 1-3:20 p.m., Smokin 45 will be playing some country from 3:40-7:30 p.m. and Headbangers Ball will finish the evening with some ’80s rock from 8-11 p.m.

There will be something for children and adults to enjoy. Children will have the Kids Zone which will allow children to get their face painted, ride the train, play on the bounce house and slide, and douse a teacher or public official in the new Rib Chiller. Adults can get a free commemorative beer glass if they are one of the first 500 patrons to enter the beer tent on Friday and Saturday.

“Everyone should come down. It’s a non-profit event which benefits the whole community,” said Scott Schrencengost, Celoron mayor. Schrencengost would also like to thank the sponsors and volunteers who made the rib-fest possible.

The festival continues today from 3-10 p.m., Friday from 3-11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

In addition to the Shults Auto Group, Cummins Engine, Media 1 Group, Arthur R. Gren Co. Outta Sight Bounce House Rental, Frantz and Russel Sanitary Service, Metalico, Goodman Services, Jamestown Cycle Shop, Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, Z & M Ag and Turf, Jamestown Rubber Stamp Co. and Reid’s Powersports all sponsored the Celoron Rib-Fest this year.

Proceeds to benefit: Celoron Hose Co. No. 1, Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, Celoron Moose Club and other local non-profit agencies.

For more information, visit www.celoronribfest.com.