Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest

41.) Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest – August 6, 2011

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I haven’t been to many rib festivals in the past for various reasons. Three of those reasons are as follows:

  1. Admission charges
  2. Expensive per bone
  3. My mom’s ribs are usually a lot better

Still, when I had the opportunity to meet my friend Rich at the free Canal Winchester Blues and Ribfest

…I thought it would be fun!

I arrived a bit earlier than Rich and started checking it out from the southern end…

…passing vendor booths that included the local art guild…

…and a booth filled with cool Alpaca products.

It wasn’t soon after…

…that I remembered why I came.

I walked through the area, trying to figure what ribs I would try first…

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…but it was difficult.
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Very difficult.
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There were more ribs here than I could possibly consume!

Overwhelmed with too many choices and a rumbling belly (not to mention the need to practice economical frugality), I decided to keep walking until Rich arrived…
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…checking out the cool inflatables and the kids’ area…

…and finally distracting my hunger with some music found on two stages…

blues music, that is.

When I got a text that Rich was nearby, I took a gamble with my first rib sample…

…heading for the booth with the most advertisements.

Here I got a sample for $6 and these ribs were pretty decent.

But, when Rich arrived, I told him about a guy in line who had sampled ribs from 6 booths already, announcing Buckeye Back Ribs as the best so far.

So we went there next…

…and got some fall-off-the-bone flavorful deliciousness for $4.50.

With our food in hand…

…we sat down at one of the eating areas.

And we enjoyed our ribs and told each other stories, until a man came by with a $1 coupon off a funnel cake and we considered that option.

It was a really hot day (not the best setting for fried food) and I had planned on going to the Ohio State Fair for deep fried Kool-aid and a donut burger that evening (you can read about that here), so I seriously didn’t want to overdo it.

But I hadn’t had a funnel cake in all the festivals that I’ve written about (more than 150).

Perhaps it was a sign to finally get one.

Fortunately, we decided on a happy medium – getting the funnel cake (which was covered in both honey and powdered sugar) and splitting it because that’s what friends do.
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Fortunately, it matched my shirt.

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