Good food, good tunes, and more at Rhythm & Rib Fest

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(Posted Aug. 9, 2021)

By Dedra Cordle, Staff Writer

The Rhythm & Rib Fest took place Aug. 6-7 in downtown London. The annual event serves up toe-tapping sounds, tantalizing aromas, and a whole lot more.

Carlos Hood of Big Pappy’s smothers a rack of ribs with sauce as a hungry crowd awaits. Hood, a resident of Howard, Ohio, said it was “nice to be back” after the festival was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Kymani Clerk, 4, feasts on some corn on the cob.
Dan Blazer (left) and Chris Carabin of the band Counterpoint entertain the afternoon crowd on Aug. 6. To cap off their set, they dedicated their cover of The Spaniels’ hit, “Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite,” to local resident Hope Paschal for being “their most vocal fan.” Though Paschal tried to record the serenade, her phone did not capture the majority of it. “I’ll keep it in my heart,” she said.
As the musical duo Counterpoint performs a cover of Roger Miller’s “King of the Road,” fans dance and sing along. Enjoying the moment are: (from left) Diana Large, Fred Parrott, Hope Paschal and Robert Harris.
Maci Rush, 4, gives a mighty roar as she is transformed into a pink tiger at the face painting station. Artist Renee Binz of Pretty as a Princess Party said the tiger was a popular choice, third only to unicorns for the girls and skulls and blood for the boys.
Kevin Davis, also known as The Backwoods Carver, displays his largest creation for sale at the festival. Davis, a London resident, said he took up carving a decade ago when his wife’s grandfather left them property in a densely wooded region of Kentucky.

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