15th annual Ribfest in Downtown Muncie a Success

By Heather Collins

MUNCIE, INDIANA (NEWS) - The 15th annual Ribfest took place last Saturday and Sunday in downtown Muncie at Canan Commons.

It was a full slab of fun at the 15th annual Ribfest this weekend. Several vendors and cooks set up tents and smokehouses in the Canan Commons block to showcase their tender and tangy roasted ribs.

“The space worked very well,” said Cheryl Crowder about hosting Ribfest in the Canan Commons block for the first time. “Venders did a great job and the weather graced us with our traditional weather and 18 raindrops. All of the bands brought everything they had and Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band brought a big damn good time! We are going to reevaluate Ribfest and look at how we can expand our vendors and audience next year.”

The event also served up a slew of activities including face-painting, tarot card reading, waterball attractions, DWNTWN Express kiddie train rides, Cornfed Derby Dames Dunk Tank, Muncie’s Best Ribs Contest sponsored by 93.5 MAX, animal scooters, inflatables and guest appearances by BSU’s Charlie Cardinal, as well as, a workout demo by the Arsenal Crossfit.

The event featured more than 20 live band performances on two stages including, The Stampede String Band, The Bashville Boys, Steve Robert and the Jazzmanian Devils and headliner, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band.  Nick Melander of Walnut Creek Productions, a local full service production company, made the music, sound and lighting happen for the Canan Commons Stage.

“Washboard” Breezy Peyton of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band set her washboard on fire at the end of the band’s performance to celebrate the rib festival.

Popular local bluegrass band, The Bashville Boys regularly play at bars such as The Fickle Peach, but aren’t bashful about getting down during downtown’s big events.

“Playing on the Canan Commons stage was awesome!” said Jim Flatford of The Bashville Boys. “Ribfest was great because we got to play for a crowd that might not come to our shows at bars.”

Whether fans are sipping a drink or licking a rib, The Bashville Boys are a good ol’ down-home treat for fans of old time bluegrass. Check out The Bashville Boys on Facebook for more upcoming dates.

Steve Robert and the Jazzmanian Devils opened the Canan Commons stage at 1 p.m.

Lead singer, Steve Robert was elated that the event did not get rained out. He also enjoyed the new location arrangement of the event being hosted inside the Canan Commons area.

“It gave it a much more cohesive feel,” said Robert. “Staggering the music on two stages - that people could easily move between was a great idea - and worked out really well - I thought.”

Classic rock radio station, MAX 93.5 sponsored the annual Muncie’s Best Rib contest. D&D Eats and Treats took 1st place.  Kimbler’s (Our Daily Bread) took 2nd place and Ivy Tech took 3rd place in the Muncie’s Best Ribs contest.

Sea Salt & Cinnamon, a local vegan cupcake business, set-up an adorable tent and featured their vegan maple bacon cupcake and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cupcake. Sea Salt & Cinnamon feature different cupcakes each day at The Caffeinery, a coffee shop downtown located at 401 S. Walnut St. Follow Sea Salt & Cinnamon on Facebook for daily updates on their daily featured cupcakes including the Elvis cupcake, a vegan banana cupcake with peanut butter frost and coconut bacon, which is sure to have cupcake lovers saying, “uh, thank you, thank you very much.”

For more information on upcoming DWNTWN Muncie events, visit downtownmuncie.org


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