The Nashua West Rotary has announced plans for the 12th Annual Rock’n Ribfest, scheduled for June 13 to June 15, 2013 at the Anheuser-Busch facility in Merrimack, NH.
Grilling & Food Competitions – The Rock’n Ribfest will feature nationally-renowned and local “ribbers” serving up barbequed ribs and other specialties. On the competitive docket for the three-day event is the Kansas City Barbeque Society Barbeque Contest, and the New England Barbeque Society Grilling Contest. Judges will sample food from over 30 of the Northeast’s best grillers and will select the NH State Barbeque Champion. The winners will then qualify for the National Barbeque Championship in Bentonville, Ark. in the fall of 2014.
Rock’n Ribfest Teen Band Competition (Friday, June 14) – Have a band and want to play for thousands? Come out of the garage and test your band’s skills against other teen groups in the region. Teen Band competition forms are available online http://www.ribfestnh. com/activities/teen-band- competition/. Application deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014. Also taking Main Stage, New England favorites, The Fools, The Psychedelic Relics, The Slakas, Four Noble Truths, The Eric Grant Band and Josh Logan will take turns entertaining crowds on the Main Stage over the three day festival.
Ribfest 5-Miler sponsored by St. Joseph Hospital (Sunday, June 16) – Burn off some of those festival calories by attending the Ribfest 5 Miler on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. Race participants will receive free entry into Ribfest along with a complementary beer (must be 21 years or older). Kids can participate in the “Squeelz” Piglet Run for children ages 11 and under. The first 1000 race registrants will receive an official race tech shirt. Race details and entry forms can be downloaded here http://www. millenniumrunning.com/ ribfest5.
Good, Clean Family-Friendly Fun – In addition to musical performances, Rock’n Ribfest is a family friendly event offering a kids area, hot air balloon rides, a Family Stage with local youth performances.
For our serving and active reserve military personnel, Sunday, June 15 will be a special Military Appreciation Day. Simply show a military ID and receive admission for you and up to four family members. The Military Appreciation Day is co-sponsored by Anheuser-Busch and Nashua Rotary West.
All events are held rain or shine. Admission is $10 at the gate; $7 purchased in advance online, by June 6th at ribfestnh.com, or via the Anheuser-Busch gift shop. Children age eight and under are free. Proceeds from the event will benefit more than 40 local, nonprofit organizations through Rotary Nashua West’s annual giving program.