Stratford News Stratford Blues and Ribfest this weekend SHARE ON: Casey Kenny, staff Thursday, Jun. 20th, 2019 Stratford Blues and Ribfest this weekend. (Image supplied by Stratford Blues and Ribfest). Stratford Blues and Ribfest organizers say they are turning back the clock fifty years to the summer of love. This is the 10th anniversary for the festival, beginning Friday and going until Sunday, and organizers say they are also marking the 50th anniversary of the legendary Woodstock Music Festival. Two Stratford natives played at the original Woodstock Festival, Richard Manuel and John Till, and this year’s festival is based around their legacy. Stew Laing is the founder of the festival and he says this year’s events will be special. “We have the Stratford Perth Museum on board and they have an exhibit this year, starting Friday the first day of the festival, and it is an exhibit paying homage to Stratford natives that played at Woodstock.” The festival is free to attend and is held on the banks of the Avon River and in and around the Veteran’s Drive Band Shell.