How many pigs can you fit inside a Wildcat? …the answer: 26 (Give or take a few)
And that number gets bigger and bigger as we have concluded yet another successful finger lickin’ evening. What are we even talking about here? We are talking about the Henry County Ribfest. The Ribfest takes place in the crossroads of downtown Napoleon; West Washington and Perry St. This is the same intersection that has become the canvas for a giant Wildcat Mascot that is painted on the asphalt.
I know, this sounds like an interesting event; you bet! My husband and youngest son ventured on down to get our “grub” on. There were 13 different rib vendors and the pressure was on to find the perfect rib. We couldn’t lose no matter where we visited. Because, every vendor was a not for profit organization that got to keep one hundred percent of their earned proceeds for the evening. Some smoked their ribs while others grilled them. There were all sorts of preparations happening…for the love of pork!
So you don’t like ribs, no worries, there were pulled pork sandwiches, french fries and ice cream. Perhaps, you wanted to come for the suds. Not soap, but an ice cold beer. No matter what your flavor was you would be sure to fill your belly. And for dessert you would find your way to the south end of the venue and be entertained by live music by the Menus. The band played for hours while the lead singer kept us anticipating the next song or “creative” costume.
Needless to say, every boy and girl, young and old experienced a fun filled evening. They were laughing, singing, dancing and sending their pallets into sensory overload. Yes, it was as much fun as it sounds and I can’t wait to do it all over again; next June!
Article and photos submitted by Teresa Hillis