Community is rallying around Vernon RibFest to make it happen

RibFest support in high gear

Vernon RibFest organizers are optimistic the event will take place next month.

When news that the popular event was in financial peril became known, the community began to rally around it.

Elaine Gallacher, with the Vernon RibFest Society, said a $30,000 shortfall must be made up for the event to go ahead as planned July 8-10 at the Vernon Curling Club.

Gallacher said Vernon Tourism has donated $3,000 and Thursday the City of Vernon reclassified the event, resulting in a $5,000 savings on rental fees.

Gallacher said the Kalamalka Rotary Club is reaching out to its members to see if they can help and Vernon's own Kevin Rothwell has also offered to drum up support for the event.

Gallacher is waiting to be contacted by the four ribbers that have committed to the event. The ribbers were planning to meet and discuss their options for the Vernon event, but because they are currently busy at other events, they have not been able to communicate with Gallacher about their meeting.

“We are feeling a lot more optimistic. We still have a ways to go but with the community and business support we are feeling optimistic,” said Gallacher. “We will be making the final decision on Monday. We want to make sure all of the event people stay in place, all of the musicians, all of our vendors. We are leaning towards being able to do it, but we still have to go through that process of examining where everything is at during our meeting Monday.”

The society still needs to raise $20,000 to make it happen.

One way the public can help out is by renting a table. A table of eight can be rented for $50, with a fee of $5 for every additional person at the table.

That money will go directly toward supporting the event.

The society is also looking for more volunteers to help out.

“We need volunteers for every aspect of the event,” Gallacher said.

For more information on how to book a table or to volunteer, see the Vernon RibFest website or Facebook page.

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