Ribfest returns as part of busy weekend in Kamloops

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KAMLOOPS - Many Kamloops residents will probably be happy to get sauce on themselves this weekend as the annual Ribfest returns, one of many things to do in Kamloops this weekend.

The busy weekend kicks off Friday morning, Aug. 4 with a free pancake breakfast at the Aberdeen Mall to celebrate the mall's 35 years. In exchange for the free breakfast donations for the Kamloops Food Bank or local Big Brothers Big Sisters group are being requested.

Friday night is the night for pride, as Queer as Funk takes over Hotel 540. The Vancouver-based band will be playing classic and current covers as part of pride weekend in Kamloops. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the band plays a two-hour set starting at 8 p.m. followed by a DJ spinning until 1 a.m. Tickects can be bought online for $38.

The annual Ribfest hosted by the Kamloops Daybreak Rotary Club lands in Riverside Park for three days of food, entertainment and family activities. It’ll run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. Six barbecue rib teams from across Canada are coming with thier special sauces for the weekend. It’s free to attend, enjoy the activities and smell the smokey air. Funds raised return to the community through Rotary.

The Hot Nite in the City will take over the city as well, with a show and shine on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A stage at Victoria Street and Fourth Avenue will have a rotation of bands playing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. While the show and shine is the official display time of the cars, car owners are taking part in a poker run on Friday and encouraged to stick around the city on Sunday, so classics might be spotted all weekend.

Also in the classic car category, Studebakers will be invading Kamloops for the weekend. While no specific shows are planned, cars from western Canada and USA will be in town.

Environment Canada is calling for clouds and showers this weekend.


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