Calling All Rib Lovers!
If you love ribs and BBQ, then be sure to attend America's BEST rib competition. The 25th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, hosted by John Ascuaga’s Nugget, will transform the Labor Day holiday on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks into a must-attend culinary, music, craft, and family end-of-summer affair. Come out and enjoy ribs from 24 of the best cookers from across the nation! As always, parking and admission are free.
The featured Main Stage entertainment link-up is impressive. All performances start at 7:00pm, with the exception of the show on September 2. For details about the entertainment line-up, click here
Wed, August 28 - Diego's Umbrella
Thu, August 29 - Keller Williams
Fri, August 30 - The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Sat, August 31 - Mark Chesnutt
Sun, September 1 - Bad Company with Brian Howe
Mon, September 2 - Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen (3:00pm show)
In addition to the featured entertainment on the Main Stage, other stages throughout the event venue will feature top local bands.
Main Concert Stage
West End Stage
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Cantina Los Tres Hombres
Free Shuttle Service
Conveniently park off-site and leave the driving to us! Free shuttles will be offered from Legends at Sparks Marina (shopping center). Shuttle service will be offered on Wed-Sun on the following schedule:
Wednesday-Friday: 5:00pm to 10:30pm
Saturday: 10:30am to 10:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am to 10:30pm
All food booths will be open from 11:00am-9:00pm (Wed-Sun) and from 11:00am-5:00pm on Monday. Food and concessions will be available during event hours only. The Kids' Area is open every day. Pets and non-service animals are not permitted on Victorian Square, per local regulations.
Rib Eating Contest
Wednesday, Aug 28 at 6:00pm on the Main Concert Stage.
Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the event at 6:00pm on Wednesday, August 28, on the Main Concert Stage. Watch the best competitive eaters in the world at this year's Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off World Rib Eating Championship. Eaters will vie for $5,000 and the title of World Champion by consuming as much rib meat as they can in 12 minutes. 2012 champion Joey Chestnut will be back to defend his title.
Competition will be fierce between the following top rib cookers and sauce makers. For more information about each of the cookers below, click here
Armadillo Willys – CA
Aussom Aussie – PA
Back Forty Texas Barbecue – CA
BJs Barbeque – NV
Bone Daddy’s BBQ – MI
Bourbon Q – KY
Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ – NJ
Carson City BBQ – NV
Checkered Pig BBQ – VA
Chicago BBQ Company (defending champ) – IL
Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co. – OH
Famous Dave’s BBQ – MN
Joey’s Texas Thunder – TX
Johnson’s Bar-B-Que – VA
Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. – CA
Memphis Championship Barbecue – NV
Sweet Baby Ray’s – IL
Porky ‘N Beans BBQ – FL
Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. – IN
Smokehouse Specialties – CA
Texas Outlaw Barbecue – KY
The Barbecue Company Inc. – AZ
Uncle Bub’s – IL
Willingham’s World Champion BBQ - MN
Maps and Directions
For directions, shuttle location and event map, click here