Rib Burn-Off draws crowds to Lake Shore Park | New

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TOWNSHIP OF ASHTABULA — The Ernest T Band rocked the crowd on Saturday afternoon at the 19th annual Lake Shore Park Rib Burn-Off.

The event officially began Friday evening under clear skies and beautiful weather, said Brian Hubbard, an Ashtabula Township park commissioner who helps organize the event each year.

He said the event is designed to allow people to enjoy the end of summer and get out and visit neighbors before the cold weather pushes people indoors for the winter.

The event is free and all money earned from selling corn and other party parts stays with the event.

“We put all the money back into the next year,” he said.

The Rib Burn-Off is set to continue today with the Sticky Fingers Disc Golf competition at 10 a.m. and kick into high gear around 1 p.m. with “Aftermath” playing on the lower clubhouse stage.

Car enthusiasts can get their automotive fix from 4-8 p.m. with the classic car cruise and “Good Question” is due to play at 5 p.m.

A variety of barbecue choices are available with local and national vendors selling their barbecue. Judging of BBQ entries is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. and the public will choose a People’s Choice winner from Best Ribs and Best Sauce.

The Covered Bridge Festival judging team will also choose first, second and third place.

Chris Mramor brought his granddaughter Cassie Lhotsky, 3, from Mentor to the event and the couple danced with the band on stage.

“She loves music,” Mramor said.

Doug Gawriluk of Austin’s Lightning Barbecue, based in Naperville, Ill., was busy feeding hungry customers after a summer traveling the country to 18 different events from Nevada to the East Coast.

“We are happy to serve world-class ribs to the people of Ashtabula,” he said.

Gariluk’s partner, Paul Myers, has been traveling the country every summer for 18 years.

“We built this thing ourselves,” he said of a trailer-turned-cooking area.

Hubbard said 160 dozen corn cobs were purchased for sale over the weekend.

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