Lake Forest, Lake Bluff Firefighters Participate in Rib Cook-Off

Where there's smoke, there's ... ribs.


As Libertyville Days planner Dee Cox says, prepare to see some "smokin' firemen."

This year's Libertyville Days festival will feature a rib cook-off that will pit firefighters from four local firehouses against each other. The Libertyville Fire Department's Andy Yarc will take on firefighters from the Countryside, and .

The rib cook-off is slated for 1 p.m. today (June 16) in the beer garden.

Cox, who is in her ninth year planning the Libertyville Days festival, said Mickey Finn's is underwriting the event and supplying the ribs. The ribs will be judged on a variety of criteria, including smokiness and taste.

Cox said the panel of "celebrity" judges will include Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler and Mickey Finn's owner Brian Grano.

Though Libertyville Fire Chief Rich Carani doesn't anticipate an all-out battle between the firefighters, he said they'll "probably throw a few zingers back and forth."

"Our guy's a pretty good cook," he said. "It's all fun and brings some camaraderie. It's always fun to have some competition among departments."

"I'm looking forward to it," added Carani. "It's going to be a lot of fun."

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