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  • Central Plains Ribfest

    Date: June 15-16, 2018
    Location: Downtown Holdrege, Nebraska

    The community is invited to join us!

    Friday, June 15th from 5:00 pm - Midnight

    Central Plains Ribfest & Holdrege All Class Alumni Reunion hosted by the Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce & Chamber Ambassadors. Main Gate at 5th & West Avenue; additional gates at 5th & Grant and North of 5th & Grant. Emmett Bower Band will be performing! Beer garden service by East Avenue Pub. LOTS of BBQ to sample and eat!

    5:00 pm Gates, Beer Garden, Public Tasting & Judging open

    • Ribs & Pork Loin available for purchase from various vendors
    • $2/rib; $2/2 oz. pork loin serving; sides & desserts available

    8:00 pm Public Tasting Choice Awards announced

    8:15 pm Street Dance - Emmett Bower Band

    12:00 am Quiet Zone (strictly enforced)

    Purchase your ticket to ALL of the festivities!

    One gate entry & Four BBQ Samples = $15

    Call the Chamber for locations to purchase tickets in advance.

    Age 10 & under are Free (no samples included)

    Tickets include:

    • Entry into RibFest ~ the BBQ area, band, beer garden and street dance are all inside the same location;
    • Four free sample tickets to be used at participating BBQ competitors (until food runs out).

    Download Promotion Flyer



    KCBS Competition - Open to Everyone

    Registration closes on June 14, 2018

    Four Meat Competition: Pork Ribs - Pork (Boston Butt or Shoulder) - Beef Brisket - Chicken
    Compete in People's Choice on Friday Night.

    $225 registration fee

    People's Choice Only - Open to Everyone

    Registration closes on June 14, 2018

    $50 registration fee. No cost if participating in Four Meat Competition or if you are sponsored.


    Download KCBS Participant Registration Form Here!


    SCA Competition - Open to Everyone

    Registration closes on June 14, 2018

    Holdrege Market Place Steak Competition on Friday Night.

    $125 registration fee

    Judges go to SCA website to register.


    SCA Participant Registration Here.

    Download SCA Participant Flyer Here, for more information!


    THANK YOU to Holdrege Market Place for being the steak competition sponsor!! We are excited to have you as our partner again this year. Be sure to "thank" them as you do your grocery shopping! 

    Lost Way Brewery Sauce Competition - Open to Everyone

    Registration closes on June 14, 2018

    Lost Way Brewery Sauce Competition on Friday Night.

    $10 registration fee

    Add Lost Way Brewery Beer to the sauce of your choice or add it to your own concoction! Winner will be announced on Saturday, June 16th. 

    Download Registration Form and Additional Information Here‚Äč


    Site Size & Electric Information:
    All sites are 20’x40’.

    There will be 20 amp electrical available with a limited number of 30 amp outlets. First paid registration, first come first serve. 

    Event Coordinator: Doug Stevenson, 308.991.8967, dougstevenson53@yahoo.com
    Event Host: Holdrege Area Chamber of Commerce


    $8,500 in KCBS Prize Payouts:

    Overall Category:
    Grand Champ $1,500 w/trophy
    Reserve Champ $1,050 w/trophy
    3rd $480
    4th $360
    5th $260
    6th $210
    7th $170
    8th $120
    9th $90
    10th $80

    Each category Chicken, Ribs, Pork, & Brisket:
    1st $260
    2nd $205
    3rd $160
    4th $100
    5th $70
    6th $60
    7th $55
    8th $50
    9th $45
    10th $40

    $1,045 per category



    – SIX states represented – Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma & South Dakota

    1. 4 Legs Up BBQ
    2. Blind Squirrel BBQ
    3. Bracken Racks BBQ
    4. Brick Street Tavern BBQ
    5. B-S BBQ Outlaws
    6. Butcher BBQ
    7. Dirt Road BBQ
    8. Grillin' Beavers
    9. Hawgs Brew
    10. Helping U BBQ
    11. Hog hammer BBQ
    12. Los Nerds
    13. NoCoQ
    14. Big Butts Need Rubbin Too
    15. Petie's Smokin Pits BBQ
    16. Railroad BBQ
    17. Rocket Boys Pyro BBQ
    18. Rockin' D Barbeque
    19. Rowdy Rott BBQ
    20. Rubin' Me Wrong
    21. Saucy Momma
    22. Score One Smokin
    23. Scott's BBQ Shack
    24. Smell Our Butts Bar-B-Q
    25. Smokin BBQ
    26. Smokin K
    27. Smokin Lefty's BBQ
    28. Smokin Timbers BBQ
    29. Smoking Refer
    30. Smokn Dinger (The Professor of Hogology)
    31. Team Brew & Que
    32. TIMBONE BARBEque
    33. Well Sauced
    34. When Pigs Die
    35. White Moose BBQ

    HUGE "Thank You" To Our Sponsors!!