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19th Annual Rib Burn Off

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Ripplin’ River Boys Christian band performing on stage at the rib burn off. (MP Photo/Colleen Lockhart)

The weather was beautiful for the 19th annual rib burn off and E. Ray Miller Softball Tournament on Aug. 10 at the Christ Covenant Church in Middlefield. Admission was free and all proceeds went to local and global missions. There were many willing hands at work from the Middlefield VFW and Christ Covenant Church and other organizations cooking ribs, selling food and raffle tickets, parking cars, cleaning, and greeting guests. 

The main stage entertained the crowd from noon to 7 p.m. closing with Christian artists Juliet, Will Collens, and the Ripplin’ River Boys. The kids had the bounce house and the barrel train rides to keep them busy all day.  At 2:30 p.m., Jon and Beth Anderson from Bubbles & Swirls were there with face painting for children of all ages. 

Middlefield VFW Commander Jeff Gardner with veterans who travelled from Cleveland by bus to attend. (MP photo/Colleen Lockhart)

The E. Ray Miller Softball Tournament is very competitive with teams from the Amish and Yankee communities. Twenty-four teams compete in a one-pitch game that is played in seven innings. Each batter has three balls and two strikes against them when they step up to the plate.  Games are played on three ballfields during the day with double elimination and they finish the tournament on the Christ Covenant Church baseball field starting at 4 p.m. This years’ winner was team Roo Equipment and second place was team E & E. 

Christ Covenant Church is a non-denominational community of people within the larger context of the Body of Christ, established in January of 1983. Call 440-632-0602.

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