RetroFest™: RIMS AND RIBS!

RetroFest™: RIMS AND RIBS!

RetroFest™ 2023 has exciting news:

Check out our video for Rims and Ribs 2023.  Thank you (Dave) primelinx86

RetroFest™ and Ribfest Chatham will be held on the same weekend – May 26, 27 & 28th.
Two of Chatham’s best attended events will be combined for one “SUPER” event that will encompass all of downtown Chatham and Tecumseh Park.
For this year, we will be known as Rims and Ribs!
If you are interested in signing up as a Vendor you can check out the application link for Vendors Here: All vendors are in the Tecumseh Park and are organized by the Ribfest Committee members.
Registration for Ms. RetroFest can be found at this link. Ms. RetroFest 2023 registration. Must be between the ages 18 and older. Ms. RetroFest™ will be taking place on Saturday May 27th 2023. Delegates must be available during RetroFest 2023 weekend in order to compete. The Ms. RetroFest Pageant will accept a total of 25 applications for the final competition. A non-refundable entry fee of $50 will be required with your application submission to For complete rules check the link supplied.
Click on the link for the Car Registration 2023.
We are currently still looking for volunteers for Barricades on Saturday. Very easy, bring a lawnchair but must be 16 years or older or have a parent with you. This need is for May 27 11am until 5pm or all the cars are off the street to open them up.
Here is the link to Volunteer Sign up.
 Ribbers attending:

Ribbers coming

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Cars and 50_50

Get Your 50-50 tickets now at the office at 237 King St. W. Chatham, Ontario $2 EACH ticket. Proceeds to Free Help CK.

And Bring your Can Good donation for Outreach For Hunger.

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Friday May 26, 2023


3pm opening of the Tecumseh Park.

“We are going country” entertainment, beverage garden, ribs, vendors, and amusement rides. There will be the Jurassic Park Jeep and the Rufus (Baby) Impala. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.

3pm-6pm: Karaoke

7pm-8pm: All Nighters Band

8:30pm-11pm: The Chasers Band



3pm to 7pm “Old Gen and New Gen” Parking lot party behind the Retro Suites, Downtown Chatham Centre property. Limited number of spaces for cars. No age limit to have the old the young side by side. There will be tunes played by “DJ-Vintage” playing tunes for your enjoyment and outdoor games. Bring a lawn chair. Limited space available for vehicles.

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Saturday May 27, 2023


11am the Tecumseh Park opens for it’s 2nd day of entertainment and great food..

“Retro Rockin” is the theme. We will have the Beverage Garden open, Ribs, all kinds of vendors, and the Amusement rides. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.

12:30pm-2:30pm Ms. RetroFest Pageant on the Bandshell stage in the park. See who gets crowed at Ms. RetroFest 2023. Hosted by Melanie Renaud (previously Miss Galaxy) and Director at Miss Confidence Canada.

2:30pm-3:30pm Celebrity Rib Judging

3:30pm-5pm BRIO Sock Hop, come out dressed in 50’s and 60’s and join in the fun.

5:30pm-6:30pm Spirit of the Sixties band

7pm-8pm Courtney Wells Band

8:30pm-11pm 89Next band.

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All streets and side streets will be closed to set up for the car show. Vehicles must be 25 years and older to be staged.

7am-11am KHAC Classic Car Registration tables will be at the corner of 5th and King St. W on the Downtown Chatham Centre sidewalk. Beside the KHAC will be Party Time DJ and Lighting Services spinning the tunes on the street and making all announcements.

9am – 5pm is the KHAC Classic Car Show, showcasing 100’s of vehicles with awards being conducted at 3pm at the corner of 5th and King Street.

In front of the Scotia Bank will be the JMHI Junior Judges. Junior car enthusiasts to judge and select as a group their favourite, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place choices. Spaces are full.


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Sunday May 28, 2023


9am-1pm Optimist Club of Chatham hosting our annual Soapbox Derby on William Street.

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11am the Tecumseh Park opens for it’s 3rd and final day, don’t miss out!

“The Alternatives”. The Beverage Garden will be open, Ribs, all kinds of vendors, and the Amusement rides will run until 6pm. We will be collecting non-perishable donations to support the Outreach for Hunger.

11:30pm-12:30pm All rib judging will be tallied and the Rib Awards are announced.

1pm-2pm Sandbox band

2:30pm-3:30pm Jeremy’s Rejects

4pm-6pm Letterbomb



6:30pm-9:30pm we will be hosting an after-party celebration (ticketed event) called “The Pit Party” at the Sons of Kent -back yard- 27 Adelaide St. S. Our host band will be the Southwind Buoys; mingle with the celebrities from Rust Valley Restorations, while enjoying food and drinks from our local brewery.


Giant Games in the backyard at Sons of Kent:

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Tickets for entry is $10. Great music, great beer (and other drinks), great fun. Meet and Greet with our celebrities.

Get your tickets at the office: 237 King St. W. Chatham ON