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About Us 

The Ribfest is held over the Canada Day long weekend in the Town Hall Park in the heart of the beautiful town of Gananoque, the gateway to the world famous 1000 Islands. This popular event is jointly organized and hosted by the Rotary Club and the Lions Club of Gananoque. It attracts thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy live music, great food and some fantastic deals. Children are delighted with the free pony rides and the other events and attractions designed especially for them. On the evening of Canada Day, a fantastic fireworks display is provided by the Town of Gananoque and the Firefighters Association to celebrate the birthday of our great country. The Ribfest is a GREEN event. We have recycling stations places around the park to make it easy for everyone to help keep the area clean and reduce waste. Ribfest is Pet-free so please don’t bring your pets. Vendors accept cash only. All proceeds from this fundraising event are returned back to the community through charitable organizations who receive donations from both the Rotary Club of Gananoque and the Lions Club of Gananoque. We look forward to seeing you at the 1000 Islands Family Ribfest!


ALL the money raised goes via the Rotary Club and the Lions Club of Gananoque into supporting community activities and requirements. 100%. With such a terrific event, the Rotary and Lions Clubs are fortunate to be able to really help make a difference in the lives of many Gananoque and Leeds & 1000 Islands Township residents.

“1000 Islands Family Ribfest is our largest fundraiser. All of the funds generated from this free-event support our community.


The Ribfest raises money in four main ways:

•  The ribbers and vendors pay to participate

•  Sponsorship money raised from local community businesses and individuals

•  On site donations

•  The sale of drinks at the event A little more information about the organising clubs - For more details, click on the logos to follow a link to their websites:


The Rotary Club of Gananoque The club is made up of men and women of integrity who represent diverse backgrounds. There are more than 33,000 Rotary Clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Our motto is “Service Above Self” which exemplifies our humanitarian spirit.


The Club meets every Tuesday at 12:15 at the Curling Club on William St. in Gananoque and we’d love to have you join us for lunch! The Lions Club of Gananoque The club is an International one and our division was Chartered in May 1939.  It is made up of both men and women and worldwide we have 1.35 million members in 206 countries.


Our motto is “ We Serve”. The Club meets every other 1st & 3rd Thursday at Gananoque Curling Club, September to June and Lions have more fun

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