I can just about feel the sun beating down and smell the smoky scent of pulled pork wafting through the air. The distant sounds of live music can be heard as I approach the gates to buy my tickets and make my donation to the Exchange Club. This is the highlight of almost every summer for myself and so many others.

The news just came down that we will have yet another summer without a Ribfest event. My first reaction was one of sadness and frustration. As we start to get vaccinated and are seemingly moving into the last phases of COVID recovery, I really thought we might have a shot at joining together to celebrate.