Venue: Lucas County Fairgrounds
Address: 1406 Key Street
Event Website: www.etix.com
Description: The Blade announces the Yark Automotive Group 30th Annual Northwest Ohio Rib-Off, presented by THE BLADE. For 30 years, Toledoans have been able to wind down the summer with four days of mouth-watering BBQ; top entertainment by performers Colt Ford, Brett Michaels and Kansas; and the amazing Air Dogs, sponsored by The Andersons.
Award winning BBQ-ers from across the nation will be in attendance, along with Toledo’s local favorites, working to make a name for themselves and trying to earn a spot in both our hearts and our stomachs. Many of these vendors are the same national award-winning grill-masters who take their delicious outdoor cuisine to competitions all across the nation, so it’s sure to offer a wide variety of tastes from all over the country. And this year, along with the Peoples’ Choice Awards, there will be a Celebrity Panel of foodies taste-testing ribs to determine who earns the title of “Best Ribs, 2013 Northwest Ohio Rib-Off”.
Nothing goes better with savory BBQ than jamming, rib bone in hand, to a rocking band. Thursday night will showcase country music rapper, Colt Ford, with Special Guest, up-and-coming country music artist, Josh Thompson; Friday will rock with former Poison front man and reality TV star, Brett Michaels; and on Saturday join progressive rock band Kansas for an “Unforgettable Evening” on their 40th Anniversary Tour.
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 17, 2013. Seating for all three concerts is limited, so pre-purchasing your Rib-Off tickets is advised.
General Admission tickets for Thursday are $5 in advance and $7 at the gate; on Friday and Saturday
general admission tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. You can purchase advance general
admission tickets in person at any TIREMAN or The Andersons location, the Stranahan Theater Box
Office in person or via phone at 419-381-8851, or at www.etix.com.
VIP Seating Tickets for Colt Ford are $15 in advance and $19 at the gate. VIP Seating Tickets for Brett
Michaels is $30 in advance and $35 at the gate the day of the show, and for Kansas, VIP Seating Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the gate the day of the show. The VIP Seating Tickets are available in person at the Stranahan Theater Box Office or via phone at 419-381-8851, or on-line at www.etix.com. Tickets are only available at the Fairgrounds gate the day of each show.
Hours for the Rib-Off are Thursday, 4:00-9:00 pm; Friday, noon–11:00 pm; Saturday, noon–11:00 pm;
and Sunday, noon–7:00 pm. Friday and Saturday admission is free until 3:00 pm. Sunday admission is free all day courtesy of Cedar Creek Church.
Friday there will be a lunch special "Dinner for the price of lunch". "Bruce Sims and The Jam Band" will be performing from noon-2:00pm.
For more information, contact Mike Mori, Event Director, at 419-724-6380.
Lucas County Fairgrounds
1406 Key Street
Maumee, OH 43537
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