ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - The festival that celebrated everything about a slab of ribs is going away.
Ribfest has been around for 30 years. It’s an annual event where people gathered in St. Petersburg’s Vinoy Park to indulge and enjoy a waterfront view. The weekend event has featured award-winning BBQ ribbers from around the country and has live music across several genres.
However, the organization that operated Ribfest said it is time to retire.
“As with any great organization, change is inevitable,” according to a statement by Northeast Exchange Club. “St. Petersburg has changed over the years and with it the needs of the community. This is why the Northeast Exchange Club of St, Petersburg is announcing the retirement of Ribfest. There will be no Ribfest in 2019.”
Over the last three decades, the event has raised over $4.5 million for local charities and made an economic impact in the community by bringing in hundreds of rib lovers, the club said.
However, they did provide a hint that there could be something more in the future.
The club ended its written statement with the words, “Stay tuned for what is next.”
The full statement can be found below:
For the last 30 years, The Northeast Exchange Club has been synonymous with Ribfest. Ribfest, as the premier annual event held in the beautiful Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, has raised over $4.5 million dollars for local charities and brought countless more millions in economic impact to our great community.
As with any great organization, change is inevitable. St. Petersburg has changed over the years and with it the needs of the community. This is why the Northeast Exchange Club of St, Petersburg is announcing the retirement of Ribfest. There will be no Ribfest in 2019. The Northeast Exchange Club would like to take this opportunity to thank ALL of the thousands of volunteers and sponsors that have supported Ribfest so wonderfully over the years. YOU made it happen. We would also like to thank the City of St. Petersburg. As our cosponsor, the City of St. Petersburg supported Ribfest to the fullest. Our friends at city hall, parks and rec, fire, police, sanitation, and water were always supportive to our efforts and truly added to its success. Finally, we would like to thank all the patrons that have come to Ribfest over the years. Your patronage is why so many children and families were served through the donations from Ribfest along with countess other community projects.
Yes, the needs of our community have changed. What will NEVER change, however, is our dedication to serving and making our community a better place to live. The Northeast Exchange club is dedicated to St. Petersburg. Stay tuned for what is next!