Long-running Rib Cook-off dates scheduled in Sparks

May 29, 2013 by  

The 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off has been scheduled to take place at the end of summer, with John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks, Nevada being the host. Touted to be the best rib competition in the country, many more activities will also be included.

Vendor booths will line Victorian Square, offering food, arts, crafts, gifts, produce, and other unique items. Those selling goods are likely to work with local print companies in arranging for banner printing and other print services to manage and promote their booths.

Started 25 years ago as a simple neighborhood rib contest, the event has grown to one of the largest in the country. It attracts thousands of culinary experts, participants, and spectators from everywhere.

There will be a rib eating championship on August 28 at 6:00 pm, hosted by Major League Eating. The event will take place on the Main Concert Stage. Vying for $5,000 in prize money and the coveted title of World Championship, contestants will have 12 minutes to eat as many ribs as they can.

The musical line-up will include Bad Company, starring Brian Howe, on September 1 at 7:00 pm. Bad Company is a popular rock band most associated with the 1980s. Admission to the concert will be free, and other entertainment will be presented once it is confirmed.

The hosting company, John Ascuaga’s Nugget, is working with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful, as well as the Castaway Trash Hauling, to ensure the event is environmentally friendly. Compost and recycling stations will be available to capture as much refuse from the rib cook-off as possible.