The title of "Best Ribs" for 2014 is on the line Saturday with five Oakhurst service clubs preparing for the 15th Annual Rib Fest at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Road (425B).
The event is the sole fundraising event of the year to support the maintenance and operational costs of the community center, and a crowd of more than 200 is expected.
Five service clubs will cook their favorite recipe's to see who can out cook the other clubs for the best tasting Pork ribs.
The theme for this year's event is "Beach Barbecue," and attendees are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, straw hats, and other brightly-colored attire.
Last year's winning team was the Sierra Lions Club.
Chris Baker, a member of last year's winning cooking team said he has passed the torch to Fred Bunch.
"The club's plan is to prepare some incredible tasting ribs and win the title again," Baker said."
The cost for the all-you-can-eat event is $20. A no-host bar reception will begin the evening, and attendees will be served ribs, baked beans and cole slaw provided by the Soroptimist Club, garlic bread, 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 Sunrise Rotary, Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis, the Elk's Lodge, and Oakhurst Sierra Rotary (noon club).
The event will also feature a silent auction, live auction, dash-for-cash, and a 50-50 cash raffle.
Live auction items include a 14K white gold-diamond cocktail ring, tickets to Disneyland, half day on a Miller's Landing party barge, one night stay for two at Tenaya Lodge, a pole saw for trimming trees, Husqvarna leaf blower, and a Japanese Maple from Western Sierra Nursery. More than 50 items have been donated by Mountain Area businesses and individuals for the auctions.
A drawing will be held for a king size quilt donated by the Sierra Mountain Quilters Association.
Sponsors of the event include Mountain Community Women, Sierra Tel, Yosemite Bank, Sunrise Rotary, Kiwanis, Soroptimist Club, and Sullivan's Tire Pros.
Miller is hopeful the event will raise a minimum of $10,000 or more for the community center.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the Rib Fest can be purchased in advance at Dorsey's Hallmark or Yosemite Bank.
"The community center plays a big role in the social activities of this community," said Dale Miller, president of the community center board of directors. "We hope everyone comes out to support this important, and tasty, fundraising event for the center."
Details: Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819; Oakhurst Community Center (559) 683-2290.