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Despite Forecast Of Rain All Weekend, Large Crowds Attend Annual BBBS Brockville Ribfest - VIDEO

Large crowds descended on Hardy Park over the weekend for the annual Big Brothers, Big Sisters Brockville Ribfest despite the forecast of rain all weekend. - Photo By Matthew Blair, BNTV News

Brockville - The 12th annual Brockville Ribfest hosted by Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Leeds-Grenville saw large crowds over the weekend despite the forecast of rain.

Although final figures are not in yet, Executive Director of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Jane Fullarton said she is expecting the numbers to be close to last years despite the rain that hit the area Thursday and Friday.

Large crowds could be seen both Saturday and Sunday as well as Friday. There were 8 ribbers back again this year, Camp 31, Gator BBQ, Billy Bones, Crabby's BBQ Shack, Ribs Royale, Silver Bullet, Jack The Ribber and Kentucky Smokehouse BBQ.

This year, Billy Bones cleaned up winning both the judges choice and peoples choice for best ribs and best sauce at the 2012 Brockville Ribfest. This year's judges were 104.9 JRFM Morning Show Host Bruce Wylie, Brockville Police Chief John Gardiner and Austin de Luis from the Recorder & Times. The judges made their choices earlier on Sunday.

This year the kids zone was expanded with more activities as well as for the first time there were free boat tours on Friday and Saturday and a boat shuttle to Refugee Island on Sunday. Fullarton said that the boat tours were a hit with visitors this year.

Entertainment this year included, Chris Hum, Honey Shot, Healy & Orr, Mark Bergman, Hard Pushin' Papa, Fleetwood Nicks, Full nelson, Full Circle, River Revival and wrapping up Ribfest on Sunday was the return of The Fabulous Bel Airs.

Friday night saw the popular Howard Travel Rib eating contest with 8 teams competing this year. Taking home top spot this year was the YES-FM team winning in record time and the first time a media team has won the title.

Funds raised from the festival support the in-school and teen programs, along with adult matches with young people youth mentoring programs, provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville to over 200 youngsters across the United Counties.

For more information on Big brothers, Big Sisters of Leeds & Grenville: http://www.mentoringmatters.ca