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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Rock’n Ribfest opens in Merrimack; continues Saturday, Sunday

MERRIMACK – Aromatic
smoke began pushing up and tuneup notes floated from musical instruments while an army of Rotary Club of Nashua West members and other volunteers zipped to and fro on foot and in golf carts Friday afternoon in an annual ritual known as the opening of the club’s popular Rock’n Ribfest at the Anheuser-Busch field.

“It’s fun when it’s like this, but a lot more fun when it’s sunny,” Rotary West President-elect Dan DeCarolis said as he scanned the cloudy, but temporarily rain-free, skies over the 12th annual gathering. ...

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MERRIMACK – Aromatic
smoke began pushing up and tuneup notes floated from musical instruments while an army of Rotary Club of Nashua West members and other volunteers zipped to and fro on foot and in golf carts Friday afternoon in an annual ritual known as the opening of the club’s popular Rock’n Ribfest at the Anheuser-Busch field.

“It’s fun when it’s like this, but a lot more fun when it’s sunny,” Rotary West President-elect Dan DeCarolis said as he scanned the cloudy, but temporarily rain-free, skies over the 12th annual gathering.

The mood among organizers, volunteers and early arrivals was upbeat, given a weather forecast that promises improving skies in time for the resumption at 11 a.m. Saturday of the food, music and fun event that raises funds for some 40 charities and agencies in southern New Hampshire.

“Ribbers,” as those who consider their barbecue grills to be a member of the family call themselves, had already prepared a batch of their respective specialties by the time the opening arrived.

In a Ribfest tradition, each cooked something for the Thursday night feed for volunteers and organizers.

Several Ribfest mainstays were there, among them Firefly’s Bodacious Bar-B-Que from Massachusetts, New Jersey-based Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ, New Hampshire’s own T-Roy’s Barbecue and even Aussom Aussie from Australia – via Pennsylvania.

They were all in the final stages of setting up for the anticipated rush of food lovers.

The Teen Band Competition got underway shortly after the opening, and the evening was scheduled to conclude with local favorite Josh Logan on the main stage.

The event will run from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

For a complete list of events and other information, visit www.ribfestnh.com.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Shalhoup on Twitter (@Telegraph_DeanS).