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Ever been to a rib-eating contest? - Expatlog

Ever been to a rib-eating contest? - Expatlog

Me neither until this weekend…

The rigs rolled into town on Thursday night, picking their way across the green baize of the sports field in the twilight, an evening of scaffold assembly and kitchen prep stretching ahead once the wheels came to rest. By 11am the next morning fluttering flags, towering billboards and palls of smoke proclaimed the 2nd annual Whitby Ribfest open for business, the aroma of barbequed meat causing a tsunami in the mouth of anyone within olfactory range. The same touring ribbers from across North America that descended on Whitby last year were here again, swelled by the addition of two more outfits bringing the total teams to nine. Pilot fish to this carnivorous behemoth, the carnies busied themselves setting up their rattletrap fairground favorites whose peeling paint and world-weary appearance welcomed night-time’s forgiving cloak, when the colour and dazzle of bright lights brought a beauty unseen in daylight’s glare.

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