Porky’s RibFest to Open at Toyota Park June 16
By Steve Metsch
If you love ribs, really love ribs, here’s a chance to prove it to the world.
The first-ever rib eating contest at Porky’s Rib Fest will be held at 6:30 p.m. June 19 the fourth day of the festival that’s set for June 16-19 in the parking lot at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.
Monica Zapa, president of the event’s producer, Mega Events, said demand was big for a rib eating contest.
The rules are simple: The first to finish nine ribs to the bone is the winner. There will be nine contestants. You can register on-line at www.porkysribfest.com and find more information there as well.
“People love to eat, so we decided to add a rib-eating contest as entertainment for all our rib lovers,” she said.
Contestants are allowed to drink water during the contest. The winner gets, what else, a new BBQ grill. Oh, and if the ribs don’t agree with you, you are disqualified immediately.
For the rest of us who are not there to compete, but just to eat ribs, there will be eight vendors to choose from. Each prepares ribs in their own distinct style, Zapa said.
This year’s lineup includes six returnees – Uncle Bub’s, Rasta Joe’s BBQ, Porky Chick’s BBQ, Austin’s Texas Lightening, Chicago BBQ and Howling Coyote BBQ. The two newcomers are The Full Slab BBQ and BBQ King Smoke House.
Tickets are sold at the gate or on-line. If you buy them on-line, you avoid the $10 parking fee.
You can purchase a four-day pass for just $20. Other ticket prices vary for adults and children. There are deals, like the one-day $15 for two adults with parking, found on-line, along with the $20 family price for two adults and two children. Children are age 12 and under. Those age 5 and under get in for free.
Rib Fest tickets are available at www.ticketwiz.us and at the event’s web site.
As in past years, there’s plenty of live music on tap, too, with bands on the main stage and in the beer tent. Country, blues, rock and jazz will be heard.
Other food vendors will be on hand for those rare visitors who don’t like ribs. And there will again be more than 30 carnival rides for kids of all ages.
The hour for Porky’s Rib Fest are 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. All active and retired military get free admission.
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