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SPECIAL EVENT | Roc City Rib Fest


Many people usher in summertime with the heat of the grill. The annual Roc City Rib Fest is back this week, celebrating all things meaty, juicy, and barbequed, and shifting the city-wide party from the Lilac Festival at Highland Park to the meat-loving spectacle at Ontario Beach.

This year, the festival runs Friday, May 24, through Monday, May 27, and includes live music, the YMCA kids zone, food and retail vendors, a variety of cook-off competitions featuring teams from across the nation and even Canada, and the World Bacon Competition.

The festival is open to the public Friday 5-11 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Monday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tickets are $5 to ages 12 and over, and free to kids younger than 12. Weekend passes are available for $10. The ticket price includes admission, music, and kids' activities; food costs are on a per-vendor basis.

Parking on site is free, and there is a shuttle running from a lot at 123 Ling Road with round trip tickets for $1. You can vote for your favorite vendor each day, and each vote earns you a chance to win a smoker. No outside food, booze, or pets are allowed on site. For more information, call 1-888-ROC-BBQ8 or visit