Rib-off starts this afternoon

Published 8:49 pm Friday, April 28, 2017

Hundreds of ribs are going to be cooked up for the sixth annual Rock ‘n’ Ribs benefit at Lions Fair Park Saturday as 12 teams will compete to see who has the best cooking skills.

The Blackbelt Benefit Group is hosting the rib off as a way to raise money for the Grow Selma community garden.

“We’re very excited and looking forward to it. It looks like the weather is going to be cooperative,” said Carl Bowline, a member of the group. “We’re looking forward to having a great crowd, and hopefully a lot of families will come out and enjoy some delicious food.”

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In addition to the ribs, some of the teams will also compete in a wing competition and offer hors d’oeuvres will be handed out throughout the day.

Bowline said the event is a great opportunity for people to support a good cause, eat, see old friends and have a good time in Selma.

“Rock ‘n’ Ribs is a community event. We want to get many people to come out and participate,” he said. “I know my kids are looking forward to being out here, and I’ve talked to several other families and they’re going to bring their kids out. It’s an opportunity for families to get together and spend a little quality time [together] and enjoy some good ribs.”

Bowline said the money raised from the benefit will go toward Grow Selma, which is working on clearing out some trees on their land.

The gates to get in open at 1 p.m., and the ribs will be ready for the crowd at 4 p.m.

Col. Bruce Hampton and the Madrid Express will be playing at the event as well as several other bands.

Tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are free. There will also be several activities for kids like a climbing wall, face painting and inflatables.

“The night event is a little more mature, but the day event is something made for the entire family,” Bowline said. “I’m looking forward to it.”