April Showers bring May flowers… and July RIBS!

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April is underway bringing on singing birds and blooming flowers.  But April is also a sure sign that Ribfest is coming!

The Optimist Club of Cornwall is working hard to bring you, again this year, the ultimate summer party.

As such, they are introducing a ton of new contests and draws that will get YOU to win ribs, prizes and even dollars!

Be on the lookout for our Mascott, Optimist Swine, who will be out in the community to help you win tons of prizes.  Snap a picture with him (or even a picture with his wanted poster) and post it on the Cornwall Ribfest Facebook page and you’ll be automatically entered.  Join our mailing list for more benefits!  Go to

Want to show off your or your kid’s talents?  Participate in the first annual “RIBFEST IDOL”.  The contest is open to everybody under 18 and will be judged in three categories:  5 and under, 6-12 and 13-18.  You can submit your video audition on the website at  Three finalists will be selected to perform at Cornwall Ribfest on July 26 and the Winners will get to perform the National Anthem at the Opening Ceremonies later that day.

How about entertainment?

As usual, the week-end will be filled with live entertainment that promises to shake, rattle and roll!  The main music headliners are a Taylor Swift Tribute for Thursday, Absolute Journey on Friday, Capital Beatles and Carl Dixon sings the Guess Who on Saturday and Practically Petty/ Tom Petty and  Road Apples/Tragically Hip on Sunday.  In the mix, many bands from all over the area, the midway and a new vendors area for farmers and artisans.  In the main circle, you will find all your favourites such as the Blooming Onions, Twisted Taters, Mini Donuts and Fried Mars Bars.  And of course, RIBS!

So mark your calendars!  Ribfest lands on the 26-27-28-29 of July.  Take the week off and come party with us!

2018 Partial Lineup


4:30 – Ribfest Idol
5:30 – Opening Ceremonies
6:00 – Rez Pony
7:30 – Soundcheck

9:30 – Red/Taylor Swift


1:00 – TBA
3:30 – TBA
4:00 – Twisted Kilt
5:30 – Bordertown Catz
7:30 – Little White Lies


12:00 – Grung Bot
1:30 – TBA
3:00 – Radio Nova
4:30 – Coldrift
6:00 – Mena Hardy
7:30 – Capital Beatles
9:30 – Carl Dixon sings the Guess Who


12:30 – Tba
2:00 – Kilts, Riffs and Spurs
3:30 – Practically Petty/ Tom Petty
5:30 – Road Apples/Tragically Hip

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