The title of "Best Ribs" for 2013 is on the line Saturday as five Oakhurst service clubs are preparing for the 14th Annual Rib Fest. The event is the sole fundraising event of the year to support the maintenance and operational costs of the Oakhurst Community Center, and a crowd of more than 200 is expected.
Last year's winning team was the Oakhurst Elks Lodge who put an end to the three-year winning run of the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary Club. The Rotary Club has won the title a total of eight times in 13 years.
"We are returning with our award-winning ribs and we plan on taking home the title again," said Henry Espino, an Elks Lodge barbecue team member.
Espino encourages the community to support the event and the fundraising efforts for the community center and says all the ribs and delicious.
"You can't beat' em, so come and eat em'" Espino said.
The cost for the all-you-can-eat event is $20. After the 6 p.m. no-host bar reception, attendees will be served ribs, baked beans and cole slaw provided by the Soroptimist Club, garlic bread from the Lions Club, and ice cream and cookies from Mountain Community Women.
In addition to the defending champs, clubs who have barbecue teams in the Rib Fest are Sierra Lions, Sierra Sunrise Rotary, Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis, and Oakhurst Sierra Rotary (noon club). Each team will prepare 100 pounds of St. Louis cut pork spareribs for the dinner.
A rib-eating contest will be held prior to dinner.
"The community center plays a big role in the social activities of this community," Dale Miller, president of the community center board of directors. "The community center belongs to everyone and we hope everyone comes out to support this important, and tasty, fundraising event for the community center."
The event will also feature a silent auction, a live auction and a 50-50 cash raffle.
Live auction items include tickets to Disneyland, half day on a Miller's Landing party barge, one night stay for two at Tenaya Lodge and a chain saw. More than 50 items have been donated by Mountain Area businesses and individuals for the auctions.
Sponsors of the event include Sierra Tel, Yosemite Bank, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis, and Mountain Community Women.
Miller, who is also in the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor race, representing the community center, is hopeful the event will raise $10,000 or more for the center.
Tickets for the Rib Fest can be purchased in advance at Dorsey's Hallmark or Yosemite Bank.
Details: Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819.