One of Langley’s most popular summer events has been cancelled due to COVID-19

Rotary club organizers cited concerns of large numbers of people and financial hardships

It is with deep regret that undoubtedly one of Langley’s biggest summer events was cancelled by way of vote.

RibFest, a charity fair of award-winning meats, live acts, and local craft beer was scheduled for August 14 to 18.

At an April 7 meeting, representatives of Langley’s host Rotary clubs cited concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic as cause for the decision, Aldergrove Rotary Club president Pauline Buck related.

Jeff Morfitt, who chaired the successful entry-free family event for its first two years, said the organizing committee felt it was inappropriate to ask sponsors to commit their financial support during the outbreak.

“Most businesses are taking the required steps to weather upcoming economic challenges and that conserving cash is critical,” Morfitt explained.

“Strong sponsor support is required to present our event.”

Other considerations for the cancellation included uncertainty about whether guests would feel comfortable attending the bustling festival that drew upwards of 35,000 people to McLeod Park last summer.

Or, that attendees would have the ability to spend money at RibFest, Buck added, considering COVID-19 has created such “widespread devastating financial hardships.”

RELATED: Aldergrove Rotarians have found a way to feed Starfish students at home

Langley’s four Rotary Clubs are continuing to support the community through these tough times, she emphasized.

One of the primary purposes for RibFest was to raise funds so that the clubs could fund more programming and services for those in need.

Last year, RibFest 2019 raised $150,000 – which was divided among the clubs to support projects including Starfish Backpack, which sent home groceries to dozens of elementary students on Fridays.

Currently, Langley Rotarians are working with Langley School District Foundation to keep Starfish programs operational in spite of school closures due to COVID-19.

The RibFest committee has also provided financial support to the Langley Hospice, and recently donated to Inclusion Langley and Fraser Health – 3,400 pairs of latex gloves that were left over from last year’s food and beverage kiosks.

READ MORE: Fort Langley’s 98th annual May Day parade cancelled to stop virus spread

Organizers of the festival have reached out to sponsors, suppliers, entertainers, and volunteers with the unfortunate news, offering thanks for their past involvement and well-wishes amid the public health crisis.

“We look forward to better times ahead when we can rekindle our partnerships with so many excellent organizations and people to present RibFest Langley’s 2021 event, tentatively scheduled for August 13 to 15,” Morfitt assured.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VIDEO: Townhouse fire in Langley

Crews called to scene Saturday afternoon

VIDEO: Langley-Aldergrove MP Tako van Popta hands out seedlings at Home Depot

Free Saskatoon berry and Red-twig Dogwood plants were offered up to shoppers Saturday morning

VIDEO: Friday night car show a no go at Surrey/Langley border

Vintage cares were turned away at 2800 block of 192nd Street due to COVID-19 precautions

Graduation 2020: Langley Fine Arts student celebrates amid social distancing

Emilie Colbourne submitted a photo of her daughter celebrating grad with her grandparents

Trudeau offers $14B to provinces for anti-COVID-19 efforts through rest of year

Making a difference in municipalities is a pricey proposition

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping the Langley Advance Times to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

‘Like finding a needle in a haystack’: Ancient arrowhead discovered near Williams Lake

The artifact is believed to be from the Nesikip period between 7,500 BP to 6,000 BP

Indigenous families say their loved ones’ deaths in custody are part of pattern

Nora Martin joins other Indigenous families in calling for a significant shift in policing

Friends, family mourn Salt Spring Island woman killed in suspected murder-suicide

A GoFundMe campaign has been launched for Jennifer Quesnel’s three sons

Run for Water: Abbotsford man raises $100,000 running 100-mile marathon

Kevin Barata ran up and down Ledgeview Trails 32 times, exceeding elevation of Mt. Everest

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Indigenous chief alleges RCMP beat him during arrest that began over expired licence plate

Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam calling for independent investigation

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Most Read