An estimated 19,000 patrons attended the sixth annual Saskatoon Rotary RibFest, held August 3-6 at Diefenbaker Park in Saskatoon. The total was down slightly from the record of  21,000 set in 2015.
RibFest is organized by the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana. RibFest Chair Boris Kishchuk thanked the ribbers, other vendors, entertainers, volunteers, sponsors and all the people who attended the event for making RibFest a great success again this year.
 “The crowds were fantastic, especially considering that we had some rain on Saturday," said Kishchuk. "It shows how much people love coming to RibFest."
Prairie Smoke and Spice of Regina won the Peoples' Choice award while Smoke and Bones BBQ of Vancouver won the Judges' Choice award. The judges on the panel were Grant Devine, Chantal Devine, Darwin Hodges, Jeri Hodges, Tom Kishchuk and Lynne MacGillivray.
The 50/50 prize totalled $7,555. The winning ticket number of RF2-017748 was held by Kevin Hobbs.
RibFest offered four days of delicious ribs barbecued by some of Canada’s top ribbers, live entertainment, plus a kids’ fun area, food and craft vendors, beer garden, 50/50 draw and more. Admission and entertainment were free. Funds raised through Ribfest support the Rotary Club of Saskatoon Nutana's community projects in the areas of youth, First Nations, literacy and education. Visit for more information.
The seventh annual Saskatoon Ribfest will be held August 2-5, 2019.