RibFest seeks new long-time management

January 27, 2018 by  

SMG Sioux Falls, which manages the Sioux Falls Stadium, Orpheum Theater Center, and the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, recently announced it will not be producing Sioux Falls’ RibFest again.

Instead, the management company intends to concentrate its resources on producing events in the venues it already manages.

SMG Sioux Falls’ general manager, Terry Torkildson, said deciding to let go of the festival was difficult, because the company has been managing the event for the past 20 years; ever since the first year, in fact. He credited the success of the event to the vendors who sold ribs, the patrons who came to the event, the hard work of the SMG staff, and the event’s sponsors.

RibFest started in 1998, at the Sioux Falls Arena ‘backyard’. That first year featured a small number of vendors selling ribs, and a few regional and local musicians. As the event gained in popularity, more vendors came to take part, and bigger bands played, until names like Joan Jett, Night Ranger, and Kansas attended. Recent years have seen bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Cheap Trick providing entertainment.

RibFest moved from the arena to the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in 2014, when it drew the 47,000 people. There is no word yet on who will take over management of the festival.

Since many people like this type of event, organizers might work with a newsletter printing company to create a letter to keep them informed.

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