The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

August 21, 2013

The Roys featured at Ribz event

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.”

During the last two years, The Roys have shared the stage with bluegrass and country superstars including George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, John Rich, Rhonda Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley and Chris Young.

The barbecue cook-off is the center of the Ribz 4 Kidz Charity. Participants have the opportunity to camp overnight with friends and family at Ards. A pancake and sausage breakfast is included to all team members on Aug. 24 before “we start turnin’ and burnin,’” said Midkiff. There will be trophies and prizes awarded. 

There will be two age classes for the Kids Build a Burger Competition — 4-7 and 8-12 — which starts at 1 p.m. and is free for the first 30 kids in each bracket who sign up.  Everyone who enters wins a participation prize and there will be one grand prize winner in each age bracket. 

At 2 p.m. there will be a Rib-Eating Competition, starting with five pounds of ribs. Entry fee is $25.

To sign up for the contests or for more information, stop at Ards or contact Midkiff at (570) 898-4898, email or go to