Meaty theme for June weekend

Ribfest returns to Minot for another year

File Photo RIbfest 2017

Ribfest 2018 will be hitting the North Dakota State Fairgrounds from June 15-17 for the community to go out and enjoy the meaty weekend filled with events.

Kicking off its second year being run by the N.D. State Fair, Ribfest will begin at 11 a.m. each day and run until 8 p.m. and costs $5 for entry unless 12 and under.

Each day will offer something new from different musical entertainment to the World of Outlaws showdown to a variety of other entertainment to vendors, and of course, ribs.

“Ribfest is all about the food,” said ND State Fair marketing director Vince Azzarello. “It’s called Ribfest because we want to celebrate grilling and enjoying the nice weather like people love to do in the summer.”

The first day of the event will kick-off on June 15. Besides the large focus on ribs, the event will have bouncy castles, mini golf brought by The Putt District, basketball, virtual reality, classic cars, and a portable Escape Room that up to six people in a group can enjoy for $10 a person. A cornhole tournament will also be heldthat evening.

For music entertainment of the night, there will be Soulshine taking the stage at 5:30 p.m. followed by The Front Fenders at 7:30 p.m.

June 16 will hold similar events but musical entertainment will include All Aces at 5:30 p.m. and then the Doobie Brothers and Santana Tribute for the 7:30 p.m. slot.

June 17 will start off with a Father’s Day Service with special music at 11:15 a.m. performed by the Pursuit Church. No admission will be charged during the service until 12 p.m. Starting after noon, the bouncy castles will return along with the Escape Room, basketball, and VR.

For Sunday evening and closing of Ribfest, the entertainment for the evening will be Magic City Showdown presented by World of Outlaws at 7:30 p.m. Advanced purchase of tickets to World of Outlaws will also provide one day free admission to the fest itself.

“It’s a great weekend to celebrate food and have a great time on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds,” said Azzarello.

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