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B+B+B = A+ fun at Madison Ribberfest


Looking for a fun way to say goodbye to the lazy days of summer? How does barbeque, blues and balloons (as in hot air) in a scenic setting along the Ohio River sound? Head to the Riverfront in Madison, Indiana for its annual Ribberfest celebration this weekend, August 21 and 22.

Check out this schedule of activities sure to deliver delightful sensory overload!

Friday, August 21
5:00pm — Gates open
5:00pm — Madison Bicentennial Birthday Cake Extravaganza at Brown Gymnasium – After the judging, it’s cake and ice cream for everyone!
6:00pm — Big James & the Chicago Playboys take the stage
6:30pm — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) first of 3
7:00pm — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins
8:00pm — Ruthie Foster takes the stage
9:20pm — Balloon Glow on Kentucky side of the river — SPECTACULAR!
9:40pm — Laser Light Show
10:00pm — Robben Ford takes the stage

Saturday, August 22
11:00am — Gates open
11:00am — Kansas City Barbecue Style Judging begins
1:00pm — Stompbox takes the stage
2:00pm — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) second of 3
2:30pm — Hellfish takes the stage
3:30pm — Good to the Bone Rib Eating contest
4:00pm — Rev. Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys take the stage
4:00pm — Pig Toss (cornhole tournment) last one
6:00pm — Ronnie Baker Brooks takes the stage
7:30pm — Pigmania Awards
8:00pm — Watermelon Slim takes the stage
9:30pm — Laser Light Show
10:00pm — The Hollywood Blue Flame take the stage

Advance sale tickets for the 2-day festival are $21. Click here to purchase online. Wristbands will be available for pick up at will call. Tickets purchased at the gate are $10 for Friday and $15 for Saturday. Kids 12 and under are free.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.