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Mark your calendar for August 14-17, 2014. Ribfest will be held at the Festival Space parking lot north of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Nebraska Pork Producers' Capital City Ribfest is Lincoln's favorite, and longest running summer festival featuring award-winning BBQ and music.

Food, showcasing great barbeque, plus live music on the Ribfest Sound Stage featuring some of the best local and regional talent, highlight the four-day event.

Award-winning BBQ pit bosses from around the country gather to showcase their talents and serve up award-winning barbeque to southeastern Nebraskans. This festival is unique to Lincoln in that barbeque is the focal point of the event - offering the public a chance to sample a variety of barbeque recipes from across the nation and even Australia.

BBQ fans can now taste Southern, Texas style, Australian, Memphis and Southwestern BBQ, all without leaving Lincoln!

The 2013 Lincoln Journal Star Ground Zero "Best of Show" winners were:

1. Aussom Aussie BBQ Team of Sydney, Australia
2. Desperado's BBQ and Rib Co. of Hinckley, Ohio

Festival entertainment including live folk, classic rock, blues and country music is featured throughout the 4 day event. In 2013, 13 bands and solo artists kept the stage rocking and the rib lovers entertained.

Ribfest generated multiple barrels of donated food for The Food Bank of Lincoln. The public donated cans of food on Thursday and Friday during the lunch hour as an admission donation. Thanks to all who contibuted.

SMG and the Nebraska Pork Producers Association will host the 18th annual big event on August 14 - 17, 2014 at the new Festival Sapce parking lot north of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Barebones

Nebraska Pork Producers Capital City Ribfest

WHEN: Aug. 14 - 17, 2014

Thurs. Aug. 14 11 a.m. to midnight
Fri. Aug. 15 11 a.m. to midnight
Sat. Aug. 16 11 a.m. to midnight
Sun. Aug. 17 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

$5 - Pinnacle Bank Arena Festival Parking Lot
$3 - Haymarket Park (Saltdogs home park)
FREE Parking on Sunday, August 17

ADMISSION: $4 for adults; Free for kids 11 & under.

On Thursday and Friday, August 14 & 15 admission is free from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a can of food for the Food Bank of Lincoln as a "suggested admission."

Also on Thursday and Friday from 11 to 2, catch the free "Ribfest Express" shuttle bus from Pershing Center to Pinnacle Bank Arena. The shuttle will run every 15 minutes between the two sites - Courtesy of the Nebraska Pork Producers Association.

During lunch from 11 to 2 on Thursday and Friday enjoy free side offerings from all the BBQ vendors.

Free admission, free rides, free sides! What a deal for lunch!

WHERE: At the Festival Space parking lot north of Pinnacle Bank Arena

No coolers or outside food or beverages allowed in the festival area. Also, no skateboards or bicycles are allowed inside the festival area.


Aussom Aussie - Sydney, Australia
**Texas Outlaws BBQ - Elizabethtown, KY
Desperado's BBQ & Rib Co. - Hinckley, OH
Howling Coyote Southwestern BBQ -Chicago, IL
Johnson's BBQ - Chesapeake, VA
**Uncle Bub's BBQ - Naperville, IL
Porky N' Beans - Port St. Lucie, FL
Texas Rib Rangers - Denton, TX
Jonny B's - Just North of Memphis, TN

Ribfest Entertainment

We'll feature live music on the Capital City Ribfest Stage

Thursday, August 14
11:30AM Chris Sayre
4:30PM TBA
7:00PM The Dylan Bloom Band
9:30PM Logan Mize

Friday, August 15
11:30AM John Walker
4:30PM TBA
7:00PM West Wind
9:30PM Joel Crouse

Saturday, August 16
4:30PM The Undisco Kids
7:00PM Josh Hoyer and The Shadowboxers
9:30PM Here Come The Mummies

Sunday, August 17

*Entertainment is subject to change without notice.

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