The weather report looks gorgeous for the weekend!
If you’re a fan of barbecued ribs, live music, and beer – then you really need to get over to the 2nd annual Ribfest at Sunbeau Valley Farm in Ravenna! This event began Friday and continues through Sunday. It is a fundraiser for the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association and The Kent Stage.
JUST in case you’re not familiar with The Kent Stage, here’s a little from their website:
The Kent Stage was constructed in 1927 as a silent movie and vaudevillian theater and is the sole surviving downtown theater in the county. In 2002, the Western Reserve Folk Arts Association took over management of the venue and the rest is history. The Kent Stage was named the Best Acoustic Venue in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer when Nickel Creek stepped out in front of the mics and sang an encore.
Along with the concert venue, The Kent Stage is also the home of All Folked Up – a full service bar equipped to satisfy your desire for an adult beverage or two. Yes, you can take your drink into the theater.
The Kent Stage is the host of approximately 150 concerts a year, the Kent Folk Festival, the Kent Blues Fest, Kent Reggae Fest, the Kent State Around Town Music Festival, film festivals and numerous plays.
As a lover of folk music and a very, very long time listener of Jim Blum (whom I miss terribly along with the weekend folk music), I cannot imagine the city without this wonderful historical landmark and all it contributes to the art and culture of the life there. Apparently, I am not alone, as there should be around 10,000+ in attendance this weekend!
How much does it cost? It’s FREE!
Here’s a list of the featured Award-Winning National Rib Teams:
Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild BBQ from Mansfield
Joe used to be a manager at the Richland Correctional Institution, where 2,500 inmates were served three meals per day! I’d say he KNOWS how to do a party!
“Smokin” Joe Henderson
Mansfield, Ohio 44905
Mojo’s Rib Shack from Coolville
Wouldn’t you just love to live in Coolville! If you did live there, you’d see Bill Ball chuggin’ around in his mobile rib bus, Mojo’s Rib Shack. How ‘cool’ is that!
Mojo’s Ribshack/ Bill Ball
Coolville, Ohio 45723
Armadillo’s BBQ Co. from Youngstown
If you liked really tasty smoked ribs – theirs are smoked for four hours! Plus they have 200 awards – woohoo!
Armadillo’s BBQ/ Cliff Mortimer
P.O. Box 2863
Youngstown, Ohio 44511
BG’s Main Event from Rittman
The Gibson family owns and operates their restaurant. They love giving back to their community and intend to continue to offer ‘the best homemade food around.’
Bob & Bridget Gibson/ BG’s Main Event
124 S. Main Street
Rittman, OH 44270
Sunbeau Valley Farm
3229 SR 59, Ravenna OH