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To ensure the festival runs smoothly and safely, we ask that you please review the information on this page before arriving at this year's ROTARYFEST. Thank you!

 

DIRECTIONS

If you are attending Ribfest, we ask that you please enter the Lowe's parking lot from the south entrance (across from Dollarama), approaching from the east so that you are making a righthand turn.

If you plan on enjoying the live music on the OLG and Sootoday.com Stage, we ask that you please enter the Lowe's parking lot from the east entrance off of Great Northern Road (north of Penningtons) and then keep right towards Lowe's.

Of course we encourage everyone to enjoy both parts of the festival! For traffic flow, it is easiest to first go through the Ribfest drive-thru and then find a parking space in front of the OLG and Sootoday.com Stage.

Once you arrive, there will the signage and Rotary volunteers helping to guide traffic.

When it's time to leave, you can exit the festival north of Penningtons, across from Dollarama, or at the lighted intersection by Metro.

 

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TIPS

  • Everyone is encouraged to stay in their vehicle. With that in mind, we ask that you please use the facilities BEFORE attending the festival.
  • Have a plan for garbage. We suggest bringing a bag for trash and a separate bag for recycling.
  • Our ribbers will be accepting credit, debit, and cash this year.
  • If you plan to make a donation to Rotary upon entry, we will only be accepting cash. You can donate with a credit card here.
  • If you'll have kids with you, we suggest bringing some activities for waiting in line.
  • Bring extra wet wipes, napkins, or a washcloth just in case!
  • The sound from the OLG and SooToday.com Stage will be projected using an FM transmitter, so make sure your radio is working!
  • Make sure you have a mask in your car.

 

STAYING SAFE

Public health and safety is extremely important to us. Our ROTARYFEST planning committee has been working with guidance from Algoma Public Health to ensure that this year's festival follows all of the provincial and regional guidelines. Here are some of the procedures in place

  • We are allowing a 30 minute window between OLG and SooToday.com Stage performances to sanitize all equipment and allow the stage to air out.
  • All of our volunteers will be wearing masks when not able to physically distance.
  • Daily screening questionnaire for all volunteers.
  • Daily screening questionnaire for all ribbers.
  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available for all volunteers.
  • Vehicles attending the OLG and SooToday.com Stage will be physically distanced.

 

STAYING GREEN

Here are a few ways that you can help us reduce the impact of festivals and events like ROTARYFEST:

  • Bring your own cutlery (don't forget your reusable straw!) and a bag to bring it home in.
  • In addition to bringing a bag for garbage, bring a bag for recycling so that it's easy to sort once you get home.
  • Bring your own water or beverage in a refillable water bottle.
  • Try to carpool with members of your household.
  • If attending the OLG and SooToday.com Stage, turn off your car engine.

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT HAVE A CAR?

Due to the restrictions on events that have been put in place for the public’s health and safety, we are only able to accommodate people who attend the festival in vehicles and other approved modes of transportation (please see next section).  

We understand that this creates a barrier for people in our community, many of whom regularly attend ROTARYFEST in Clergue Park. We want to emphasize that this decision was made out of concern for the safety of our attendees and in order to comply with Ontario guidelines. We miss you all very much – walkers, drivers, rollers, and everyone in between. This change to the festival is a temporary stop on our way to returning to Clergue Park (hopefully next year!).

Our main concerns that lead to this decision:

  • Outdoor events in Ontario were capped at 25 participants (recently it was announced that this number will increase to 100 on July 16th). In a normal year Rotaryfest can attract tens of thousands of attendees. 
  • Drive-in/drive-thru events in Ontario are currently allowed, as long as extra safety precautions are followed.
  • There are serious safety issues when mixing moving vehicles and pedestrians, especially if those pedestrians are families with children.
  • Due to external factors relating to COVID, we do not have access to the same resources and volunteers that we do in a typical year.

The only alternative to a drive-in/drive-thru festival was to cancel the festival entirely for 2021, which would include cancelling the ROTARYFEST 50/50 fundraiser in support of our Rotary community projects and children with physical disabilities. After careful consideration, our volunteer-lead committee made the decision to do the best they could for the most people possible.

We truly hope that those who do not have access to their own vehicle are able to make alternative arrangements, such as having a friend or family member pick up ribs for them, carpooling with someone in accordance with Ontario health guidelines, or tuning in to the OLG and SooToday.com Stage from a safe location within the 1km FM transmitting radius.

We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We acknowledge this is not an ideal situation for all, and likely not the answer you wanted. It was not an easy decision to make.

If you have any questions about this policy, please reach out to us at 705-945-1279.

 

OTHER APPROVED MODES OF TRANSPORTATION

In order to open the festival to as many people as possible, policies have been put in place for alternative modes of transportation. That being said, safety is our highest priority. If any attendee, whether in a standard vehicle or otherwise, is not complying with the rules outlined below then they will be asked to leave. Your personal safety is YOUR responsibility (wearing visible colours, wearing a helmet, etc.)

  • Motorcycles:
    • Motorcycles are welcome to attend the Drive-Thru Ribfest, as they are considered a vehicle under the Highway Safety Act.
    • All applicable laws and regulations for motorcycle operators must be followed at all times, including in the parking lot.
    • Motorcycles cannot occupy a spot at the OLG and SooToday Stage Drive-In Concert as they do not meet the requirements of the Ontario guidelines for drive-in events.
  • Bicycles:
    • Bicycles are welcome to attend the Drive-Thru Ribfest, as they are considered a vehicle under the Highway Safety Act, including in the parking lot.
    • All applicable laws and regulations for cyclists must be followed at all times.
    • Bicycles cannot occupy a spot at the OLG and SooToday Stage Drive-In Concert as they do not meet the requirements of the Ontario guidelines for drive-in events.
  • E-bikes:
    • E-bikes are welcome to attend the Drive-Thru Ribfest, as they are considered a vehicle under the Highway Safety Act.
    • All applicable laws and regulations for e-bikes must be followed at all times, including in the parking lot.
    • E-bikes cannot occupy a spot at the OLG and SooToday Stage Drive-In Concert as they do not meet the requirements of the Ontario guidelines for drive-in events.
  • Motorized personal mobility devices (“scooters”) and power wheelchairs:
    • Motorized mobility scooters and power wheelchairs are welcome to attend the Drive-Thru Ribfest, BUT they are not considered a vehicle under the Highway Safety Act and therefore must follow these guidelines:
      • Ensure that your device is equipped with a safety flag.
      • Attendees using motorized mobility devices must approach the Ribfest entrance (Northern Avenue) on the sidewalk and wait at the east corner of the entrance.
      • Attendees using motorized mobility devices must wait for the ROTARYFEST traffic controller to indicate when it is safe to enter the Ribfest line.
    • All applicable laws and regulations for motorized mobility devices must be followed at all times.
    • Motorized mobility scooters and power wheelchairs cannot occupy a spot at the OLG and SooToday Stage Drive-In Concert as they do not meet the requirements of the Ontario guidelines for drive-in events.