LEWISBURG — ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year The Roys will perform at 5 p.m. at the barbecue cook-off Ribz 4 Kids Benefit at Ards Farm Market, Route 45 west of Lewisburg, on Saturday, Aug. 24. They will play again later after the barbecue cook-off awards are presented. Other live entertainment includes the local Rocky Allen Band taking the stage at 1 p.m.
Festivities start at 10 a.m. and include a car show, kids games, inflatables, a rib eating contest, a Kids Build a Burger competition, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Proceeds will help raise money for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH), Danville.
Siblings Lee and Elaine Roy along with their band will take the stage at 5 p.m. to perform music from their new EP, “Gypsy Runaway Train,” and their previous CDs, “New Day Dawning” and “Lonesome Whistle.”
Justin Midkiff of Lewisburg is the founder/organizer of the event. “This cause is something we hold very dear to us due to a 45-day stay we spent at a Ronald McDonald House last September when our second daughter, Peyton, was born two and a half months early while we were traveling to West Virginia,” Midkiff said. “Our older daughter, Charlie Ann, celebrated her first birthday at the RMH, she learned to walk, and celebrated many of her milestone achievements while we spent endless days and nights in and out of the NICU and the RMH.
“We owe so much to the Ronald McDonald House charities; we could never begin to pay it all back. Since our return we have wanted to help give back to help the organization that did so much for us in our time of need.”
The Roys were born in Fitchburg, Mass., and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada. “My first real love is bluegrass music,” said Lee. “I started playing it when I joined my first band at the age of nine and I’ve never stopped.” For Elaine, memories of family guitar pulls are sweet. “We grew up on traditional country and bluegrass music,” she said. “My Grandma LeBlanc played Acadian tunes on her fiddle while my aunts and uncles joined in. It was truly ‘roots’ music.”