Surviving the Rib Fest heat

The Rib Fest downtown had a large crowd despite the heat.

Posted: Jun 16, 2018 7:36 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2018 12:03 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Nothing says summertime like throwing something on the grill, and with this heat, you probably felt like you were the one getting grilled.

"I actually changed my shirt three times, and tried to find the one that would show the least sweat," Chris Wojciechowski said.

He said the Fort Wayne Rib Fest is one of those things you can't miss.

"I'm actually trying to stay hydrated trying to get as much water as possible, but you know you just gotta be committed. You know you're at ribfest. You know you're gonna get the meat sweat, so you just go for it and press on," he added.

That's pretty much what visitors and vendors are doing.

The executive director said they're well prepared to handle days like this.

"We always look at the forecast. A lot of my teams even have mist fans that will throw out a little bit of water because they've got their roasters going. They've got their grills going, so things get a little warm, but they're always prepared,"executive director Cindy Chappuis said.

Geneva Vanderhorst and her crew of RibKing barbeque drove up from the south. She said couldn't let the loyal people who support her in Fort Wayne down. She's been a vendor for three years.

"I'm really from South Carolina. We drove 14 hours just to get here girl.
What we're doing is drinking a lot of water. We have lots of fans going, cool breeze is coming in so we're pretty good today,"she said.

Chappuis said with todays turnout, there's no doubt the crowd Sunday will be the same.

"For Father's Day, we say leave the grilling to us. Bring dad on down. Dad can get free admission."

There's a $3.00 charge for everyone else. However, children 13 and under are free.

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