Austin Ring loads up on some sauce to slather on the ribs grilling at Prairie Smoke & Spice at Penticton Rotary Ribfest, which wrapped up Monday. (Steve Kidd/Western News)

Penticton Ribfest moves to September amid COVID-19 concerns

The new date is scheduled for September 18 to 20, 2020

Due to growing COVID-19 concerns, the Rotary Club of Penticton has moved Penticton Ribfest to September 18 to 20, 2020.

“The safety and well-being of the community, our volunteers and partners, is our top priority,” said Barb Hoolaeff, co-chair of the event.

“By moving Ribfest from June to September, we are looking forward to continuing this family-friendly event and raising money for key programs within our community.”

Since Ribfest was launched in 2015, Penticton Rotary Club has raised over $220,000, which has directly gone back into the community.

“Money raised from Ribfest has gone to support many local programs such as the YES Youth Resource Center (Foundry) and SOWINS,” said Sandra Krauer, Ribfest co-chair.

“We are looking forward to planning this year’s Rotary Ribfest for the fall so we can continue to support much-needed programs, projects and groups.”

READ MORE: Penticton Firefighters donate $450 to local food bank

The Ribfest Committee has reached out to all partners, sponsors, volunteers, entertainers and vendors, to bring them up-to-speed on the event date change and future planning, and has received a positive response to the date change.

For more information on Ribfest, follow the event on Facebook and Instagram and their website at

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Daniel Taylor
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