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Avon Celebrates 17th Annual Rib Fest

Rib Fest, a local tradition since 2005, will kick off the last weekend in June with live entertainment, kids games, food and fireworks. The event takes place at Kingsway Christian Church.

“The main purpose of the event is to provide a good quality county-wide event,” says Avon Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tom Downard.

During Rib Fest, local restaurants compete for “best ribs” and “best sauce” bragging rights as judged by the local tasters. Back by popular demand is the Balloon Glow.

“Last year was the first year and it was a huge success,” Downard says. “This year we’ll also have tethered balloon rides you can purchase as well.”

This year the Chamber also expanded the kids game area and added more games. Those games are still free. Downard credits the great support of the sponsors for making this successful event free to the community.

“We have many great sponsors who help pull off this event,” Downward says. “It’s a big project and a lot of people, including many dedicated volunteers, pull it off.”

The annual Rib Run 5k walk/run is another popular event. Every kilometer in the 5k, participants are able to stop and eat ribs.

Kingsway Christian Church is located at 7981 E CR 100 N. Parking is available at the nearby schools for $5. A shuttle will be available to get you to the event. Rib Fest will kick off at 4 pm. Make sure to bring your chairs, blankets and family to come out and enjoy the live music, good food and fireworks.

Hendricks Regional Health sponsors the Balloon Glow. Champion Chevrolet is the stage sponsor. IU West Hospital sponsors the Rib Run and Countryside Meadows sponsors the kids area.

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