POMEROY — The Gold Wings and Ribs Festival kicks off Meigs County’s summer of fun down by the riverside with two days of entertainment on the Pomeroy parking lot.
On Friday morning motorcycles will be rolling into town, artisans will begin displaying their wares, food vendors will fill the downtown parking lot, and arrangements will get underway at the Court Street mini-park for the Saturday art show.
Entertainment on Friday will begin at 6 p.m. when the Tim Omark Band in the riverfront amphitheatre. Omark is a singer/songwriter who is known for his high energy show with unforgettable vocal work and impressive stage presence. The BBQ hog callin’ contest will be held at 8 p.m. with prize money going to the winners, and Billy Starrett and Hired Gun will perform starting at 9:10 p.m.
Again this year the motorcycle light parades will be a featured event on both Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 9 p.m. Something new for the motorcyclists this year will be a 1 p.m. Saturday guided tour and poker run.
Kicking off Saturday’s activities at 10 a.m. will be the popular DJ Rockin’ Reggie who will be spinning tunes off and on all day long from the main stage. At noon there will be an open microphone for karaoke or coyote, followed by kids’ games to include a balloon toss, a hula hoop contest, cookie stacking contest, pickle spitting contest with junior and adult categories, and a stick pony rodeo.
In the Court Street mini-park on Saturday an art show will be staged. Sponsored by the University of Rio Grande, Meigs Branch, the entries in four classes will be judged by vote of those viewing the show for first place prizes of $50, The four categories of exhibit are acrylics, oils, photography, mixed media and other which will include drawings, watercolors, charcoal and pastels, as well any other mediums of art work, according to chairman, Debbie Burke.
Entries are still being accepted for display in the art show. Contact Burke at email@example.com or call 740-992-4579 or 740-508-2800 for information or to register entries. which are to be brought to the mini-park not later than 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The Ohio’s Best Wings and Ohio’s Best Ribs awards ceremony will take place at 5:10 p.m. on Saturday. Also recognized at that time will be Art in the Park winners along with some of the other contest winners.
At 6 p.m. Josh Oldaker will perform in the amphitheater, at 7 p.m. a teen karaoke contest will begin in the mini park with cash prizes for the winners, and at 9:10 p.m. the Jeff Ray Band will move into the amphitheater to perform as the Saturday night motorcycle light parade upriver begins to close out the 2013 Gold Wings and Ribs Festival chaired by Bill Quickel.