“Thanks to Ryan Schueler for designing the race shirt and Screeners Ink for a fast and fantastic job of printing.
“We believe this year’s event was a great benefit not only to our local youth, but also to the local community. We again thank everyone involved and look forward to next year.”
‘Above-and-beyond community support’
Dennis Morgan, executive director of the Carver Community Center, sends this Cheer for those who made Rib Fest possible:
“The Carver Board of Directors and staff is sending out the biggest thank-you ever for the wonderful, above-and-beyond community support that was given on June 7 and 8 in Foster Park by our attendees, community partners, numerous supporters, families, our 200-plus volunteers to 2013 Rib Fest, and especially Evon Whitfield for her management of the Beer Garden and TaMara Smith and Fredrick Murrell for managing the corn booth.
“Commencing Friday with the entertainment rendered by the Northwestern High School Jazz Band and Rhum Academy of Music, Rib Fest 2013 got off to a fantastic start! Saturday started with a patriotic salute to our country, which included the Posting of Colors by the U.S. Army Recruiting Station of Kokomo and a breathtaking rendition of the National Anthem performed by a local songstress, Hallie Fletcher. I also want to thank all the bands that participated in providing our entertainment for June 8: 23-10, The Pummels, 26 West, Token Blue, Shiny Penny & Critical Shoes, and the Contours featuring Sylvester Potts.
“To all our food and children activities vendors, we send a thank-you, which included Rollin Wit Da Roux (Best Sauce award winner) and Hawg Heaven/Dinner Bell (awarded Best Ribs, and People’s Choice for most sales).
“We especially thank the following: Hawg Heaven/Dinner Bell (ticket sponsor), Whiskey Creek (beer garden sponsor), McGonigal’s/Button Motor’s, Mid American Beverage, Soupley’s Wine & Spirit, Coca-Cola Bottling of Kokomo, Meijer’s (sweet corn donation), Solidarity Community Federal Credit Union, John Martino and the Kokomo Park and Recreation Department, Sheriff’s Department, Kokomo Police Department, Howard County Emergency Assistance Team, Street Department, Radio Stations Rock 98.5, WIOU, Z92.5, and emcees/on-air broadcasters Jessica Funk, Michael Turner and Chris Skala, Mayor Greg Goodnight , Kokomo Center Township School Corporation, Kokomo Perspective, Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo Herald and the United Way of Howard County among many others for making this one of the greatest events yet.
“The profit generated from the Rib Fest will be used to directly support our youth and family programs, facility improvement projects and the daily operation of our community center. Carver is a United Way funded agency.
“Upcoming community events scheduled by Carver Community Center are Aug.10 and 11, Studebaker Park, Summerfest; 24th Annual Golf Outing at Wildcat Creek, Aug. 16, 17 and 18; and Carver Gospel Fest at Foster Park on Saturday, Aug. 31.”