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The 2nd an­nual out­door Ribfest took place in the Liv­ing Sky Casino park­ing lot in Swift Cur­rent, Aug. 2-4. The event was hosted by the casino in part­ner­ship with the Dr. Noble Ir­win Re­gional Health­care Foun­da­tion. The sale of busi­ness spon­sor­ships for the event raised close to $20,000 for the Health­care Foun­da­tion's Close to the Heart cam­paign, which aims to raise a to­tal of $350,000 for the pur­chase of a new dig­i­tal mam­mog­ra­phy unit for the Cy­press Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. Ribfest pa­trons were able to savour south­ern-style bar­beque pre­pared by cham­pion rib­bers Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ from Pi­lot Butte and Border­town BBQ from Lloy­d­min­ster. Celebrity judges tried out the of­fer­ings from both rib­bers on Aug. 4, and gave the nod to Border­town BBQ in the award cat­e­gories of best ribs and best sauce. Ribfest visi­tors could vote on­line for their favourite rib­ber, and the peo­ple's choice award went to Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ. ABOVE LEFT: Sarah Muth of Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ works at the grill, Aug. 3. ABOVE RIGHT: Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault tries out a rib dur­ing the celebrity judg­ing at Ribfest, Aug. 4.

Pho­tos by Matthew Lieben­berg

The celebrity judges score the ribs by show­ing their pref­er­ence by hand be­hind their backs. From left to right, Swift Cur­rent Legionnair­es Head Coach Dar­ren Ev­jen, Swift Cur­rent Mayor De­nis Per­rault, Swift Cur­rent Bron­cos Head Ath­letic Trainer Jamie LeBlanc, Swift Cur­rent MLA Everett Hind­ley, and NHL alum­nus Travis Moen. Their pref­er­ences are recorded by Jacqueline Hudec, the Liv­ing Sky Casino's mar­ket­ing co­or­di­na­tor.

Liv­ing Sky Casino Gen­eral Man­ager Trevor Mar­ion (at left) presents the tro­phies for best ribs and best sauce to James Phillip and Cindy Haan of Border­town BBQ, Aug. 4.

LEFT: Ribfest visi­tors line up to pur­chase food at the Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ stall, Aug. 2.

ABOVE LEFT: Lo­gan Day pre­pares ribs on the grill at the Border­town BBQ stall, Aug. 3.

Ribfest visi­tors en­joy their food on the open­ing day of the event while peo­ple line up be­hind them at Prairie Smoke & Spice BBQ.

ABOVE RIGHT: Swift Cur­rent MLA Everett Hind­ley digs into a rib dur­ing the celebrity judg­ing at Ribfest, Aug. 4.

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