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Monday, February 26, 2024

Ribfest Nostalgia: 1998

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Ribfest Nostalgiaby Chairman Christine M. Tomczak

I chaired Ribfest in 1998 and it was a memorable year for two reasons!

In 1998 we debut the air conditioned flush porta potties that premiered in the Sponsor Tent Area. It was a great hit and we’ve brought them back every year after for the sponsor tent patrons.

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Also, we were not lucky enough to have a rain-free Ribfest in 1998 but the true spirit of teamwork and camaraderie showed through. This Ribfest brought us a torrential rain out of the main stage show on Friday, July 3, just as Pat Benetar was ready to perform. The skies opened up and the park was cleared out as fast as the rain was falling and it was still raining at midnight when the steering committee decided we should go home and tackle the clean up in the morning.

So shortly after sunrise a small army of Exchange Club members worked feverishly to pick up tons of uneaten ribs and other food left by soaked patrons. We all pulled together and never have the teamwork and camaraderie shown so brightly as when we made it to open the park on time that day. Also, we got a commitment from Pat Benetar that she would come back to perform for free the next year to give us the concert she was never able to do.

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