COVID-19 Festival Update

Canada’s Largest Ribfest, a fundraising initiative of Burlington Rotary Lakeshore, has been closely monitoring developments relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and the global impact it is having, not only on the health and safety of the public, but also the social and economic impact it is having on individuals, businesses and charities such as ours.

While we have watched for positive trends it is with deep regret that the unfortunate decision has been made to cancel Canada’s Largest Ribfest for 2020.

This comes as a huge disappointment to everyone involved, those who have already spent countless hours working towards this year’s event, our club members, the hundreds of volunteers, vendors, partners and especially the Ribbers, Bands and the Charities we support as a result of the event.

While we know it is impossible to replace and replicate an event that over the course of 25 years has become a local end of summer tradition and has raised nearly $4.5 million for local and international charities, work has already begun on organizing other new and exciting fundraising initiatives to help us support those most in need.

While we may not be able to come together in 2020, we know that your community spirit remains strong. Please consider making a contribution to one of the following charities that would have benefited from this year’s event: Halton Food For Life, Burlington Food Bank, Salvation Army Food Bank, Food4Kids, Wellington Square Meal Program, Halton Women’s Place, The Carpenter Hospice, Joseph Brant Hospital or Rotary Burlington Lakeshore.

Rest assured planning for an even bigger and better 25th edition of Canada’s Largest Ribfest in 2021 has already begun.

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Snacks and beverages provided

Confirmation of volunteers hours for OSSD provided through email letter after the festival

Provide a friendly and safe environment where you can gain new skills, have fun and make new friends!

Option to donate your volunteer hours to support a cause dear to your heart via our Volunteer Motivation Program

We need help with the following Volunteer Roles:

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. Tasks may include opening beverage cans, and hauling cases of beverages and bags of ice. Tasks may also include taking beverage orders and processing financial transactions on debit/credit machine.

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. Work with the Beverage Team member who will fulfill orders for beverages while you process the card and cash financial transaction.

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve certification is highly recommended, but not mandatory. This is the volunteer role formerly called Security Volunteers. These people are responsible for helping our guests find their way around. Much of the work is done in pairs.

Minimum age 16 years, may work in a team of 2.

You will help to put up the event signage around the park and/or take it down.

Recycling Station
Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian, work in team of 2 or more. You will work out of one of many Sorting Stations throughout the festival and help us to keep the event green.

Recycling Setup
Up Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian. Help with Sorting Station setup and cleanup, as needed.

Recycling Roaming

Minimum age 13 years unless accompanied by an adult parent/guardian, work in team of 2 or more. You will be assigned to bussing and cleaning tables and/or picking up debris from the festival grounds using provided equipment.

 

Minimum age 16 years, work individually or in a team of 2. You will be taking photos of guests, volunteers, vendors, and fun activities around the festival. You must have your own camera.

Minimum age 16 years, work in a team of 2 or more. You will be assigned to one of the two main entrances where you will greet people as they enter the park and also solicit donations.

Minimum age 18 years, Smart Serve is highly recommended but not mandatory. You will be serving snacks and beverages to guests and also bussing tables, as needed.

This person will be the Ribfest hospitality ambassador, directing our guests as needed.

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