This year’s “Get Yer Hillbilly On!” Ribfest July 18 in Mount Forest in memory of former Sun Times sports editor Bill Walker will have more that double the ribs and more tickets to avoid leaving anyone hungry.Last year’s inaugural Ribfest, which kicked off the annual Mount Forest Fireworks Festival proved so popular that people were turned away at the gates, organizer Axy Leighl said.The rib event will take place at the Mount Forest & District Sports Complex parking lot, 850 Princess St. in Mount Forest, from 6 to 9 p.m.“We’re certainly excited. It seems to be growing at a faster rate than we anticipated,” said Leighl, one of Walker’s long-time friends in Mount Forest, where Walker lived and where his family still resides.In addition to more ribs, there will be 200 more tickets available, bringing the total to 500. And there will be new “taster tickets” for $4, entitling the purchaser to two bones of ribs. This will let people buy tickets to try ribs from each of the at least seven competing teams.The $15 meal ticket – available at https://www.facebook.com/MtForestRibfest and at the gate – will get you a half-rack (four) ribs, a baked potato, coleslaw, dessert and a drink, or alternatively, four taster tickets, each for two ribs.This year there will also be ribs available for sale to take home.Also new will be an indoor seating area with table service for people with mobility issues, including seniors who would prefer sitting there. Members of the Owen Sound Attack hockey club, along with minor hockey volunteers will serve the food.Attack players will also serve a table located under a shade tent, which is being offered to corporate sponsors.Bayshore Broadcasting sports director Fred Wallace will return as MC and there will be live music, with a classic rock/country band 12th Line, in which Leighl plays guitar, and musician Mike LaFramboise will also entertain.There will be a silent auction in the community centre of items donated by local businesses.Last year, $4,500 raised at the event was donated to the local minor hockey, figure skating club and Cancer Patient Services, which provides transportation to medical appointments.Bill Walker covered sports for most of his career with The Sun Times. He died Aug. 29, 2017 at age 53. He had stomach cancer which was detected just a couple of months before his death.He was involved as a coach of minor ringette, soccer and hockey in Mount Forest.This year the event will introduce a novel way for others to honour other local “heroes”. There will be a life-sized cut-out of Walker and explanation of why the event is in his memory.People will be invited to sponsor their own heroes, with their own cut-outs, next year.The rib cook-off will also coincide with free family roller-skating, billed as a ‘70s roller disco party, in the sports complex arena from 5 to 9 p.m., part of the fireworks festival. Skate rentals will be available for $2 or bring your own skates.For more information about the four-day Mount Forest Fireworks Festival, visit Mount Forest Fireworks Festival on Facebook.For more information about the rib event and to inquire about the available corporate tent, contact Axy Leighl at firstname.lastname@example.org.