It's time to start thinking about the meat sweats. Yep, we're talking ribs as far as the eye can see and more smokey good flavor, fall off the bone tenderness....I could go on and on, but it's honestly making me hungry...so, let's just say...if you like ribs, beer, music and a great cause, you need to save the dates for the Grand Haven VFW Rib Fest. It's going on May 25th and 26th and all the proceeds go to benefit our local veterans on a number of levels. It's an awesome and rapidly growing event.
It's been going on 14 years now and you know when an event gets to the point where it takes up the whole street, things are going in the right direction. There is an interactive tent for the kids sponsored by the USS Silversides Museum where they will have some underwater robot building going on. They will like that. There will be food form Big Moe's, Famous Dave's, Daddy Pete's BBQ, Stable Inn, Old Iron Bar and Grill, Up in Smoke, Paisley Pig Pub and Porkensteins! Bands?? Foundation and Perfect Storm play on Friday night and Saturday it's Bill Ellingboe, Three's a Crowd and Mr. Whoo Ha.
But you know, it's really all about so much more than that. Sure, it's all packaged up as a good time and all, but the proceeds to go help those who were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us at one point or another. Our local veterans. Men and women who served in our military need our support and it's provided at places like the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, The area Department of Veterans Affairs branch offices and more. They host a multitude of things for them. Everything from support groups to pantry needs. There are services specializing for women veterans with WINC which we've featured here on The Muskegon Channel and there is help for all vets to navigate the system to get the benefits they so truly deserve.
Locally, Mike Baauw is the guy in the Muskegon County Dept of Veterans Services. If memory serves me correct, Mike is retired US Navy and he makes sure that our area's vets best interests and needs are all met and then he goes on to help organize things like this to help even more. Take a listen to our talk about the Rib Fest and lick your chops!
If you're just in need of an early season outdoor festival or you want to enjoy some of the best ribs around with a couple of cold ones and some friends, or maybe you'd like your dining dollar to benefit some true American hero's...it's pretty clear you need to be at the Grand Haven VFW 2326 VFW on May 25th and 26th. Out thanks to Mike and his staff for their dedication and hard work and our thanks too, to the men and women who served. We hope it's a great weekend for the festival!