2009 Madison Ribberfest

Watson among entertainers
at Madison Ribberfest Blues Bash

Pro, amateur cooking competitions
part of annual event

Staff Report

(August 2009) – Blues singer Junior Watson will headline the Blues Bash at this year’s Madison Ribberfest, scheduled for Aug. 21-22 at Madison, Ind.’s Bicentennial Park on the riverfront.

Madison Ribberfest Logo

This will be the eighth annual Ribberfest, which in addition to blues music over two days features pro and amateur division cooking competitions. There is also a children’s cooking contest in two ages groups: 8-11 and 12-15.
A balloon glow is planned for 9:30 p.m. Friday. Balloons will be lighted across the Ohio River on the Milton, Ky., riverbank in full view from the festival grounds. Two hare-and-hound hot air balloon races are scheduled for Saturday, at 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Other events include the Piglet Pen children’s play area, the Pigmania concrete pig decorating contest voting and a Good to the Bone rib-eating contest.
The winner of the Kansas City Barbeque-sanctioned pro cooking contest will earn the Indiana State Championship trophy and advance to the KCBS national competition in the fall in Kansas City, Mo. The entry fee is $250 per team. The Backyard Barbeque Blast for amateur teams takes place Friday night. Entry fee is $25 per team.

Junior Watson

Photo provided

Blues singer Junior
Watson will perform
Saturday evening
during the Blues Bash.

New this year will be a laser light show, scheduled for 9:30 p.m. both nights, according to festival coordinator Kathy Ayers. The first ever laser light show in Madison took place June 13 on the Madison hilltop as part of the Madison Bicentennial celebration. It was considered a hit with spectators, so the Ribberfest Committee decided to add it to the lineup.
Joining Watson on the Blues Bash stage Saturday night will be The Hollywood Blue Flames. Other singers scheduled to perform include Watermelon Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks; Rev. Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys; Hellfish; and local band Stompbox. Friday’s lineup features The Calvin Owens Band, Ruthie Foster and Robben Ford.
Learn more about these bands and featured cooking teams in the RoundAbout’s Madison Rib-berfest Guide, due out on newstands in mid-August.
Admission wristbands for this year’s festival are on sale at many locations throughout town, and at the Madison Area Conven-tion and Visitors Bu-reau.
Wristbands purchased through Aug. 1 are $20 for both days and include $10 in food and beverage tickets. After Aug. 1, wristbands are $20 but with no tickets. Friday only admission is $10; Saturday only admission is $15. Children ages 12 and under are free with an adult.
Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed but no coolers, food, beverages, pets, skateboards, bikes, rollerblades, umbrellas or canopies. Also video and audio recording devices are not allowed.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

• For more information, call the Madison CVB office at (812) 265-2956 or visit: www.MadisonRibberfest.com

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