LINDSAY — It was the perfect day to take the whole family downtown to Honolulu Street in Lindsay to take part in the 10th annual Lindsay Rib Cook-Off on Saturday afternoon.
More than two dozen teams had their grills and smokers lined up near the curbs, and some had elaborate booth set-up in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. Music bumped through the crowd as hundreds of people paced the street trying to find their favorite rib of the day.
Smokin BBQ, Paradise Smoke, Smokin Toppers, Cochinos MC, Smokin Barrels, Smokin Low and Slow BBQ Team and Redneck BBQ rounded out the farthest south side of the street and were accompanied by some family friendly games. Giant Jenga blocks were a huge hit, as well as the cornhole game set up quite near it. Smoke wafted through the air and the smell of cooking meat couldn’t be escaped.
As people made their way up and down Honolulu Street, there was plenty to take in. From each teams cooking technique to the vendor booths and live music, entertainment was only a turn of the head away for all of those in attendance.
A line of drawing prizes made their home in front of a DJ booth, as a mix of Spanish and English hits rhythmically played out of large speakers.
Wallace Towing, 2nd Hand Smokers, Lindsay Police Officers Association, The GrillFather, Country Boys BBQ and many others passed out ribs to eager tasters. The team called Train Smokers dipped each of their smoked ribs in a vat of barbecue sauce before handing it over to the person waiting in line. So many flavors were available to the crowd it seemed almost impossible to have any disappointed taste buds on Saturday.
In order to taste the deliciously cooked ribs, a ticket must be dropped into the desired booth’s container. One ticket was equal to one rib. Each person could buy up to 20 rib tickets at $2 a piece, each time they stood in line. This was to ensure everyone who wanted to try the ribs was able to.
But there was so much more to do than just eat ribs all day. A section of the event was devoted to different types of vendors. Jewelry booths displayed bracelets and necklaces that sparkled in the sun, and two large bounce houses were set up for children to use. Twitty’s Doghouse was offering the crowd fresh pressed lemonade and grilled hotdogs. A giant booth of toys was stationed next to a face painting booth, and the beer garden was kept busy with a constant flow of people.
“I come with my family every year,” said Steven Ceballos. “It’s the event I look forward to the most. Great food, great people, great city. What more could you ask for?”
This year’s event was sponsored by Sespe Creek Insectary, TOL Incorporated, Cochinos MC, Mid Valley Disposal, Stainless Works Specialties, Villane Ward Insurance, Porterville Citrus Inc., Mittman-Denni Farming, Rogers Jewelry Co., Fruit Growers Supply, Briana Farms, Martin’s Tire, Groppetti Automotive Family, Orangewood Mobile Manor, Ag Irrigation, Mangini Associates, The Orange Bar, Stars and Stripes Car Wash, Single Point Outsourcing, Valley Iron, Leonard and Cynthia Ratekin, Tony’s Pizza, Bank of the Sierra, Doug De Leo Welding and Berkshire and Hathaway Home Services.
All of the proceeds raised will benefit the Reserve Officers Santa Night, Healthy Kids Healthy Lindsay, and other local organizations.