Ribs, Rods & Rock ‘n Roll is underway in Vermillion

Vermillion's annual Ribs, Rods & Rock 'n Roll (Ribs & Rods) kicked off  Thursday with events at Jones' Food Center, Raziel's in downtown Vermillion, and at Hy-Vee.

Today (Friday, Sept. 11) and Saturday are packed full of activities by the organizers of the annual event.

Friday's events begin at 5 p.m. with a Rib Fest BBQ featuring vendors and a beer garden in downtown Vermillion.

Other activities planned for Friday include a motorcycle and classic car cruise-in, a classic car poker run, and performances by local bands.

The Golden Bubbles will perform from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by Avian Sunrise from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hyentyte will take the stage at 8 p.m., and from 10 p.m. too 1 a.m., a street dance will be held on Main Street with music provided by Judd Hoos.

Saturday's activities include a motorcycle fun run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., family entertainment, and the availability of arts and crafts vendors in downtown Vermillion.

The Rib Fest BBQ and beer garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Judging of the South Dakota BBQ championship will be held from noon to 2 p.m., and the Dakota Classic Cruisers Car and Cycle Show and Shine will be held from noon to 4 p.m.

Musical entertainment will begin Saturday at noon, with a performance by Kayla Marie. She will be followed by the Black Cats at 1:30 p.m. and the Public Domain Band at 3 p.m.

People's Choice Public BBQ Judging will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the South Dakota BBQ Championship award presentation will be held downtown at 4 p.m.

As part of the Governor's million-dollar challenge, the South Dakota Office of Tourism has granted Ribs & Rods a matching grant for advertising for the 2009 event. Coordinator Jody Harnois said receiving the matching grant from the South Dakota Office of Tourism and having them as a partner shows they have support from the state of South Dakota to make this year's event a great one.

In order to expand the annual event, the Ribs and Rods committee picked up three University of South Dakota interns to assist with this years event. The interns include Jamie Bulian, event coordinator, from Yankton; Wayne Curry, director of marketing and public relations, from Tampa, FL; and Tiffany Hrdlicka, director of advertising, from Wagner.

"With three interns working full time to promote this event, Ribs, Rods & Rock' n Roll is going to be a spectacular event that Vermillion residents and University of South Dakota students will talk about in years to come," Harnois said.

Guests who attend can expect to experience the "last great summer blast." This event is a "come as you are" community get together; approximately 5,000 people attended last year's event.

About Ribs, Rods & Rock' n Roll

Ribs, Rods & Rock' n Roll is a Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) sanctioned event held annually in downtown Vermillion. Rids & Robs is the largest competitive barbeque event in the history of South Dakota. The primary purpose of Ribs, Rods & Rock' n Roll is to expand and to promote a successful state event, to celebrate Vermillion's rich barbeque history, and to welcome University of South Dakota students back to Vermillion. For more information, visit Ribs, Rods & Rock' n Roll's Web site at www.sdbbqchampionship.com.

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