Get ready to dunk a dignitary

London Police Officer Joe Cox coaxes festival-goers during his stint in the dunk tank.

(Posted July 27, 2018)

Throw a pitch to benefit young area pitchers at this year’s London Rib & Jazz Fest.

This year’s schedule for the festival’s annual Dunk-A-Dignitary dunk tank includes many familiar faces, including local police officers, politicians, public figures and coaches.

The festival is scheduled 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Aug. 3-4 in historic downtown London.

This year, all proceeds from the tank go to the London Area Baseball Council (LABC). The organization has been providing youth baseball and softball opportunities since 1968.

The tank will be in session 4:30-9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The cost is $1 for one ball, $3 for five balls, and $5 for 10 balls.

The schedule is as follows:


  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.—LABC Coach Dave Stewart
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.—London Police Chief Glenn Nicol
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.—Madison County Assistant Prosecutor Nick Adkins
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.—London Mayor Patrick Closser
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m.—London Police Officer Michael Combs


  • 4:30-5:30 p.m.—LABC Coach Anthony Sherer
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.—London Councilman Anthony Smith
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.—Madison County Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Swaney
  • 7:30-8:30 p.m.—London Police Officer Donovan Cooper
  • 8:30-9:30 p.m.—London Councilman and business owner Henry Comer.

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