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Published: Thursday, 8/8/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

Annual Northwest Ohio Rib-Off kicks off today

BY ROD LOCKWOOD
BLADE STAFF WRITER
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Pack your bib and put on your dancing shoes for the Yark Automotive Group 30th Annual Northwest Ohio Rib-Off presented by The Blade, which starts today and runs through Sunday at the Lucas County Fairgrounds.

Classic rockers Bret Michaels and Kansas and country star Colt Ford will headline this year’s event, which of course includes award winning barbecue ribbers from across the country.

Seven national rib vendors and three local restaurants will be featured at the event each day.

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Today, Ford will bring his unique mix of rap and country to the event with opening act Josh Thompson. Friday will feature the Poison frontman Michaels who also does solo tours and who regularly plays the Toledo area. Saturday will be highlighted by Kansas’ "Unforgettable Evening" show that celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary.

Seating for all three concerts is limited, so buying Rib-Off tickets in advance is advised. VIP tickets guarantee admission and seating at the concerts. General admission tickets allow seeing the concert, but don’t include seats.

The headliners will perform each night at 8 p.m.

Today’s general admission is $5 in advance and $7 at the gate. On Friday and Saturday, general admission tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. Advance general admission tickets are available at any Tireman or The Andersons locations, the Stranahan Theater Box Office, or via phone at 419-381-8851, or at etix.com.

VIP seating for Ford will be $15 in advance and $19 at the gate, VIP seating for Michaels is $30 in advance and $35 at the gate the day of the show, and VIP for Kansas is $25 in advance and $30 at the gate the day of the show. VIP tickets can be purchased at the Stranahan Theater Box Office, by phone at 419-381-8851, or at etix.com.

Hours for the Rib-Off are today, 4-11 p.m.; Friday, noon–11 p.m.; Saturday, noon–11 p.m., and Sunday, noon–7 p.m. Friday and Saturday admission is free until 3 p.m. Sunday admission is free all day courtesy of Cedar Creek Church. For more information, contact Mike Mori, event director, at 419-724-6380.



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