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Ribfest 2010 – Last Day: Classic Car Show

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest last weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15).

Sunday was “oldies” day at Ribfest. The Classic Car Show was a good fit with the oldies music performed by the bands “Rock, Paper, Scissors” and “Touch of Old”. I don’t have photographs of either of these bands, but I do have photographs of the classic cars.

Under the Hood

 

 

Under the Hood

 

 

Leather(?) Seats

 

 

Price of Red Corvette

This blog post concludes my coverage of Warren’s 7th annual Ribfest. I hope that you enjoyed your visit to the festival, as seen through my eyes.

Ribfest 2010 – Last Day: Dance Elite* Performance Company

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest last weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15). We listened to Paul Eisert in concert on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we listened to two Rock-n-Roll concerts. The first concert was the band “Jack the Dog”. The second concert was the band “The Earthquakers”. On Saturday we participated in the Thank A Vet Dam Run and listened to the country band “Willow Creek”. Sunday’s events included dance performances by members of the Dance Elite* Performance Company and a Classic Car Show. This blog post showcases the Dance Elite* Performance Company dance performances. My next Ribfest blog post will showcase the Classic Car Show.

On Friday I saw the last few minutes of a dance routine. The dancer performed shortly before the band “Jack the Dog” took the stage. While “Jack the Dog” performed, I walked up close to the stage and photographed the band. I wanted a picture from the other side of the stage. Rather than cross in front of the band, I decided to walk around behind the stage. The dancer was behind the stage. Thinking that I wasn’t supposed to be behind the stage, I quickly said that I was walking to the other side of the stage. The dancer wasn’t concerned that I was behind the stage. He was interested in my camera, stating that I had a nice camera. He asked why I take photographs. I told him that I take photographs because I like doing so, or something to that effect. The dancer asked if I was on Facebook. “Yes”, I said. He then told me that he was a dancer and asked if I would take his picture. He struck a pose, and I took his picture. The dancer is Brett Fallon; he is the Director of the Dance Elite* Performance Company.

Brett Fallon
Director of Dance Elite* Performance Company

On Sunday afternoon we enjoyed watching the dance routines of Brett Fallon and three young dancers. Brett is a very talented dancer. His performance was well choreographed and quite entertaining.

Brett Fallon, Dance Elite* Performance Company dancer

 

The three young girls danced well. Two of the girls, sisters–one a few years older than the other–, danced together. They complimented each other quite well.

Dance Elite* Performance Company dancers

The third girl danced alone. Her dance routine was lively and showed attitude.

Dance Elite* Performance Company dancer

I enjoyed the dance routines of all three girls.

Stay tuned; one more Ribfest post still to come!

Ribfest 2010 – Third Day: the band “Willow Creek”

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest this past weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15). We listened to Paul Eisert in concert on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we listened to two Rock-n-Roll concerts. The first concert was the band “Jack the Dog”. The second concert was the band “The Earthquakers”. On Saturday we participated in the Thank A Vet Dam Run. When we returned to Betts Park, the site of the Ribfest, we listened to the local country band “Willow Creek” while enjoying the taste of pulled pork sandwiches from Sgt. Oink’s BBQ Co.

The band “Willow Creek” performs today’s country hits. With the exception of lead singer Ron Carrington, Jr., the band has been together for eight years. Ron, a former Warren Idol winner, joined “Willow Creek” in January 2009.

the band “Willow Creek”

Members of the band are: Ron Carrington Jr. (lead singer), Allen Harle (lead guitar and vocals), Joe Miraglia (pedal steel guitar), Bill Woodfield (piano, keyboard and vocals), Tim Reed (bass guitar and vocals) and Jason Dorman (drums).

Ron Carrington Jr. (lead singer)

I know Ron personally, which made listening to the band “Willow Creek” extra special for me. It was the first time that I had heard the band perform. It was the first time, too, that I heard Ron sing. “Willow Creek” is hot; the music sounds similar to the original country songs.

Allen Harle (lead guitar and vocals)

Joe Miraglia (pedal steel guitar)

Tim Reed (bass guitar and vocals)

Jason Dorman (drums)

Bill Woodfield (piano, keyboard and vocals)

Stay tuned; more Ribfest posts to come!

Ribfest 2010 – Third Day: Thank A Vet Dam Run

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest this past weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15). We listened to Paul Eisert in concert on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we listened to two Rock-n-Roll concerts. The first concert was the band “Jack the Dog”. The second concert was the band “The Earthquakers”.

On Saturday we participated in the second annual Thank A Vet Dice Run (known this year as the Thank A Vet Dam Run). The run began at Betts Park, the site of Ribfest, and took riders across the top of Kinzua Dam. Riding across Kinzua Dam was a memorable experience. Access to the roadway crossing the top of the dam has not been accessible to the general public, pedestrian or motor vehicle in many, many years. Bob grew up in Warren. Saturday was the first day in Bob’s lifetime (he is 50+ years old) that he crossed over the top of Kinzua Dam.

Our friends, Susan and Dave, on the dam roadway

Bob and I, after we had crossed over Kinzua Dam

Our friend, Susan, took this picture. She held the camera, backward, over her head while riding across the dam.

Susan’s smile says it all.
It was a memorable experience crossing over Kinzua Dam!

From Kinzua Dam, we rode approximately 140 miles stopping in Sheffield PA, Wilcox PA, Smethport PA and at Wolf Run Marina on the Allegheny Reservoir before returning to Betts Park in Warren PA. At each designated stop, participants drew a card out of a bag. The card drawn was recorded on each participant’s score card. The winner of the event is the participant who makes the best five card poker hand at the end of the event.

Shaw House in Sheffield, PA

Dave, Susan and Bob at
American Legion Post 467 in Wilcox, PA

V.F.W. Post in Smethport, PA

In the parking lot there was a karaoke contest, with hot dogs and drinks that could be purchased (not visible in this photograph). The organizers of the karaoke contest weren’t aware that approximately 150 motorcycles would be stopping by. They sold lots of hot dogs and drinks!

Wolf Run Marina on Allegheny Reservoir near Warren, PA

At 4:00 PM we departed Wolf Run Marina en route Betts Park in Warren. At Betts Park we entered a staging area. The motorcycles then paraded through the Ribfest grounds to special parking in the grassy area alongside the river. It was a WONDERFUL ride.

An estimated 150 motorcycles participated in the Thank A Vet Dam Run, raising more than $2,000 for the Hometown Heroes Fund (an emergency fund for Warren County, PA, veterans). A special thank you goes out to all the ribbers at this year’s Ribfest for contributing food for those who participated in the Dam Run.

Back at Betts Park, site of Ribfest

Shawn Castro, the owner of Sikx Gun Choppers and organizer of the Thank A Vet Dam Run, hands over an envelope containing the $2,000+ to a representative of the Hometown Heroes Fund.

Stay tuned; more Ribfest posts to come!

Ribfest 2010 – Second Day: The Earthquakers in Concert

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest this past weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15). We listened to Paul Eisert in concert on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we listened to two Rock-n-Roll concerts. The first concert was the band “Jack the Dog”. The second concert was the band “The Earthquakers”. Yesterday’s blog post showcased the band “Jack the Dog”. This blog post showcases the band “The Earthquakers”.

“The Earthquakers” dress like Amish. The attire is part of the fun. “The Earthquakers” know how to have fun, and they know how to make YOU have fun. “The Earthquakers” have fun rocking and rolling, and boy can they ROCK!!!!

the band “The Earthquakers”
Members of the band are: Isaiah Work (Vocals), Jacob Byler (Guitar),
Micah Shetler (Drums) and Seth Byler (Bass Guitar).

Isaiah Work (Vocals)

Jacob Byler (Guitar)

Seth Byler (Bass Guitar)

Micah Shetler (Drums) and Isaiah Work (Vocals)

Watch what happens when Isaiah Work sees me photographing him…

I realize that Isaiah sees me photographing him.
What do I do?
I click away!

Isaiah Work (Vocals)

I feel at this point that Isaiah is singing to me. What a feeling!

You may learn more about “The Earthquakers” by clicking here, which will take you to their web site.

If “The Earthquakers” appear in concert near where you live, do not pass up the opportunity to hear them in person. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

Ribfest 2010 – Second Day: Jack the Dog in Concert

Warren held its 7th annual Ribfest this past weekend. The Ribfest is a four-day event. Bob and I attended Ribfest each day, beginning on Thursday afternoon (July 15). We listened to Paul Eisert in concert on Thursday afternoon. On Friday we listened to two Rock-n-Roll concerts. The first concert was the band “Jack the Dog”. The second concert was the band “The Earthquakers”. This blog post will showcase the band “Jack the Dog”. My next Ribfest blog post will showcase the band “The Earthquakers”.

the band “Jack the Dog”
Members of the band are: Rob Williams (vocals), Karl Lindboom (bass guitar),
Vince Gorski (drums), Rob Vance (guitar/vocals),
and Jesse Spellman (guitar/vocals).

Rob Williams (Vocals)

Karl Lindboom (Bass Guitar)

Rob Vance (Guitar/Vocals)

Jesse Spellman (Guitar/Vocals)

Vince Gorski (Drums) and Rob Williams (Vocals)

According to its Myspace page, “Jack the Dog” plays classic rock mixed with current songs by Aerosmith, Billy Idol, Kid Rock, Buckcherry, Thin Lizzy, Nickelback, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, Foghat, Velvet Revolver, Allman Brothers, Ted Nugent, Skynard, 38 Special, Theory of a Dead Man plus many more.

While listening to “Jack the Dog” we enjoyed a dinner platter of chicken and 1/3 slab rib with coleslaw, corn bread and baked beans from the Two Fat Guys ribber. We split the platter, which made the $15 cost more reasonable.

Stay tuned; more Ribfest blog posts to come.

Ribfest 2010 – First Day

Bob and I attended Warren’s 7th annual Ribfest this afternoon. Today was the first day of the Ribfest; the event will continue through Sunday. Ribfest highlights include socializing with friends, live concerts and the food. Also, Ribfest has vendors, crafters, an exhibit from Wild Wood Animal, and puppet shows and other entertainment for children.

This year’s Ribfest features five ribbers: Aussom Aussie Australian BBQ Team, Sgt. Oink’s Co. Ltd., Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue, My Happy Place BBQ, and Two Fat Guys Bar-B-Q. This afternoon we ordered an early dinner from Aussom Aussie. Bob purchased a pulled pork sandwich; I purchased a pulled beef sandwich. Both sandwiches were delicious and very filling.

We enjoyed the company of another couple, while eating. I know Bill B. from when I worked at the credit union. He was a customer. I met Bill’s wife for the first time today. We talked mostly about young girls growing up much too fast. This particular conversation got started because I recalled that Bill and his wife have two daughters. I inquired as to their whereabouts, and the conversation took off from there.

We arrived at Ribfest in time to listen to Paul Eisert in concert.

This was the first time that we heard Paul sing.

The concert was enjoyable.

Paul’s bio, obtained at his website, states the following:

“Paul Eisert is a singer/songwriter and guitarist who performs original songs and covers, and has recorded and released a solo CD of original material, entitled “Wordsongs”, which is available from Paul. When asked what kind of music Paul writes, he might say “…Songs of love, songs of life, songs I’ve written for my wife, songs of faith, songs of hope, a song about losin’ a friend to alcohol and dope, songs of joy, songs of pain, songs about sunshine, songs about rain, songs about just about everything… I just love to play and sing…” Paul has performed in and around Erie, PA. for more than 25 years, and in the Warren, PA. area for the past 14 years. He’s played many of the bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as fairs and festivals in both areas. Some of the artists Paul covers include: The Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, Harry Chapin, Eric Clapton, The Eagles, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Bob Seger, Bruce Springsteen, and many more. Some standards from the thirties & forties include ‘Blue Moon’, ‘All of Me’, ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘Sunnyside of the Street’. His extensive songlist includes folk, rock, country, pop, oldies and standards, as well as his large collection of original songs, and it is always expanding. Paul establishes a great rapport with his audiences. He passes out his songlist and loves to take requests (if he doesn’t know one, he’ll fake it!). Give him a listen. His lyrics come from his soul. No frills. Just heart.

We expect to return to Ribfest tomorrow and Saturday.

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