The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic meant no real Ribfest in Riverside Park this year, but that didn’t stop organizers from raising money for local businesses and community programs.
The popular annual event, put on by Daybreak Rotary, opted to sell raffle tickets online in 2020 — something that usually happens in-person.
Organizer Danica Wilkinson said more tickets than usual were printed in an effort to bring in more money, and it worked.
“We are proud to say we exceeded last year’s raffle total and have over $30,000 to give back to our local community,” she said.
Eight prizes, worth more than $13,000, were raffled off, including groceries for a year from Save-On Foods, two tickets anywhere WestJet flies and $2,000 cash and a couple of $1,000 gift certificates, among others.