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Circus Circus holds the first annual 24-Hour Mural Marathon

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Stroll by Circus Circus anytime between 10:00am, July 13 – 10:00am, July 14 to witness seven artist battle to create the most unique and vibrant mural on the Virginia Street side of the building shown above.

The idea of the Mural Marathon sparked from a conversation between Howard Rosenberg (UNR Arts Professor) and Richard Bartholet (president of the Regional Alliance for Downtown and UNR faculty member) while the two were observing the blank canvas of Circus Circus.

“This mural concept started when Howard Rosenberg and I walked through the city from the Courthouse to the University. We saw there was a lot of potential to spruce up the Circus Circus Reno building facing Virginia Street, which would in turn do wonders for the community. Those discussions got the ball rolling to this Mural Arts Project with Circus Circus Reno” said Bartholet.

The addition of murals to the outside walls of Circus Circus is part of the greater beautification project that has been taking Reno by storm. Murals in Reno’s Midtown District are found splattered across the map, and the migration to the downtown district is a pleasant sight to see.

“One of the goals of the festival is to see art on every street corner and in spaces where you least expect to see it. This is a wonderful addition to the downtown and excellent use of blank canvases.” Says Director of Artown, Beth Macmillan.

The 24-hour competition will be a new annual event added to Reno’s Artown calendar where each year a panel of judges will pick seven artists, three reserved for locals, to re-decorate the building and compete for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.

Being on-site during the competition will surely be a ecstatic experience, but between the brush strokes make sure to check out more Artown events available on their website’s event calendar.

Celebrating 19 Years of Amazing BBQ, Brews and Blues!

New Beer and Food Pairing Event to Kick-Off Festival This Year

Equal parts barbeque block party, micro-brew tasting event and rock and blues festival, the Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues festival has become synonymous with summer. The unofficial kick-off to summer happens a little earlier this year with a newly added Samuel Adams beer and food pairing event held at the BuBinga Lounge inside the Eldorado Resort Casino on Thursday, June 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event will kick-off the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival, which is set for June 20-21.

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Street side on Friday and Saturday, the Eldorado will have the perfect complement to the festival’s variety of microbrews. Food booths will line Virginia Street serving a variety of tasty options from traditional barbecue fare such as slow smoked brisket, St. Louis style ribs and whole hog pulled pork served with creamy coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread. All American favorites like Geno’s smoked New York steak sandwich, buffalo style chicken wings, hotdogs and grilled hamburgers can also be found. More eclectic offerings like BBQ Asian Ribs with Pho Mein Special BBQ Sauce and fire roasted corn with roasted poblano-cilantro crema and ground cotija cheese will also be available. Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in fruit cobbler and ice cream.

Attendees can wash it all down with a selection of the Eldorado’s own custom microbrews from The Brew Brothers or the more than 50 microbreweries from around the world. The $30 daily or $50 weekend tasting package includes an eight ounce souvenir cup and unlimited tastings. VIP packages are also available for one-day at $100 or two-day for $120. The packages include a commemorative tasting mug with unlimited beer tasting wrist band (for one or two days), a 64-ounce Growler filled once with choice of The Brew Brothers beer and a BBQ platter from main food booth.

Northern Nevada breweries pouring samples at this year’s event include; The Brew Brothers, Battle Born, BJ’s Brewery, Brewer’s Cabinet, High Sierra Brewing Co., Stoneyhead Brewery, Brasserie Saint James, Great Basin Brewing Co. and Ruby Mountain Brewing Co. Additional stateside breweries include; Alaskan Brewing Co., Anderson Valley Brewing Co., Anchor Brewing Co., Anheuser Busch, Bison Brewing Co., Boulder Beer Co., Brooklyn Brewing, Big Sky Brewing Co., Black Diamond Brewing Co, Boston Brewery, Deschutes Brewery, Drakes Brewing Co., Firestone Walker Brewing Co., Full Sail Brewing Co., Grand Teton Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co., Joseph James Brewing Co., Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lost Coast Brewery, Mammoth Brewing CO., Miller Coors Brewing, New Belgium Brewing Co., Ninkasi Brewing Co., North Coast Brewery, Oskar Blues Brewery, Pyramid Brewery, Rogue Brewing Co., Rubicon Brewing Co., Santa Fe Brewing Co., Speakeasy Brewery, Tenaya Creek Brewery and more.

And in the midst of it all are two outdoor stages featuring non-stop rock and blues. Headlining this year’s event are Tommy Castro & The Painkillers and John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends, including Alex Ligertwood of Santana and Wally Palmar of The Romantics. Additionally attendees can see the U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility; American roots music artist, Shane Dwight; critically acclaimed rock and blues guitar groover, Eric Sardinas; soulful South Bay guitarist and vocalist Maxx Cabello Jr.; high-energy harmonica and horns blues band Delta Wires; plus festival favorites the Jason King Band, Carolyn Dolan Blues Band, Rick Hammond Blues Band and Buddy Emmer Blues Band.

There’s no better way to celebrate summer than with the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews and Blues Festival, set for Friday, June 20 from 2 until 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visit www.eldoradoreno.com for more information or call 1-800-648-5966 to book your stay.

Full Schedule for the 19th Annual Great Eldorado BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival


Third Street Stage

Friday, June 20

4 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

6 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Saturday, June 21

11:30 a.m. – Rick Hammond Blues Band

1:30 p.m. – Carolyn Dolan Blues Band

3:30 p.m. – Delta Wires

5:30 p.m. – Eric Sardinas

Fourth Street Stage

Friday, June 21

3 p.m. – Jason King Band

5 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band

7 p.m. – Tommy Castro & The Painkillers

Saturday, June 21

11 a.m. – Buddy Emmer Blues Band

1 p.m. – Maxx Cabello Jr.

3 p.m. – U.S. Air Force Band, Mobility

5 p.m. – John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band and Friends

Alex Ligertwood, lead singer of Santana

Wally Palmer, lead singer of The Romantics

7 p.m. – Shane Dwight Band

Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties Present Spring Fever Revival

To keep the flames ablaze Hot August Nights and the Downtown Properties present Spring Fever Revival Friday, May 30 and Saturday May 31, from 10a.m. to 9p.m.

Registration for the event is open to all 1976 and older vehicles with free entry for Hot August Nights 2014 registered car participants. All contributors will receive a commemorative dash plaque, a two for one buffet at Silver Legacy and lunch provided by A&W. For non-registered participants there is a $25 entry fee.

“With over 600 classic cars that participate and free live entertainment provided by the Silver Legacy this is a great kickoff to  get the crowd excited for our main event, July 29 through August 3 ,” said Tony Marini, Executive Director of Hot August Nights. “This event grows each year with the commitment and collaboration of our downtown sponsors, Silver Legacy, Eldorado, Circus Circus and Harrah’s, we are grateful to have their participation.”

To add to the celebration there will also be a Celebrity Choice Show-n-Shine with ten winners on Saturday, Food & beverage booths, memorabilia and street faire vendors. Keeping with the tradition, as Virginia Street lines with cars from our past, DJ Smerk will spin us into the live performances by Travelin Band, Decades and Nathan Owens.

Entertainment Schedule Provided by the Silver Legacy:

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm         DJ Smerk

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Travelin Band

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm             Travelin Band

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm             Travelin Band

5/31/14 (Saturday)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       DJ Smerk

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm          Decades

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm             Decades

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm             Decades

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm CHANGE OVER

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm             Nathan Owens

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm            Nathan Owens

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm            Nathan Owens

As Spring Fever Revival rumbles on for the last two days of May, it will also play a part in this year’s main event registration as the discounted price of $170 will increase on June 1st. The $170 package includes admission into the Spring Fever Revival show, the main event on July 29 – Aug. 3, dash plaque, hat, pin, t-shirt, an admission into the Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson, Swap Meet and more.

Take a step back in time, and join us for the kickoff to the premiere classic car event in the world. For more information please call the Hot August Nights Office with questions (775) 356-1956 or visit www.hotaugustnights.net.

Celebrate Hot Rods and Pin-Ups at the 4th Annual Reno Rockabilly Riot

Reno Rockabilly RiotJA Nugget will host Northern Nevada’s largest celebration of hot rods and pin-ups at the 4th annual Reno Rockabilly Riot from June 26 – 29, 2014. This is the first time Reno Rockabilly Riot will be held in Sparks, as the Nugget adds to the growing number of Sparks summer special events geared around motor vehicles.

“Reno Rockabilly Riot is all about the cars, the music, the pin-ups, the dancing, dressing up, fixing your hair and living the rockabilly lifestyle,” said Reno Rockabilly Riot Organizer Paul Samson. “We expect this event to draw rockabilly fans from all over the western region.”

The action packed four-day event will keep thousands of attendees busy and entertained with drag racing, burnout contests, model car contests, the fastest mechanic contest and more. The music lineup features a number of great rockabilly bands, including Blood Shots, Hot Rod Frankenstein, Dusty Miles & Crying Shame and Back Alley Barbers.

The ladies of Reno Rockabilly Riot will compete for top honors in the Pin-Up Girl Contest emceed by San Francisco stunner Miss Rockwell DeVil. Additionally, the Riot will host a burlesque show featuring tantalizing performers.

This year’s event will also feature a tattoo convention that is free to the public.

The event is now in its fourth year and has grown bigger each year.

National Championship Air Races taking off Bigger than ever in 2014

The runway has  cleared, and all systems are ready. Prepare for takeoff in 3…2…1…AND THEY’RE OFF!

The National Championship Air Races of Reno Nevada plans to return this September with more music, more buzz, and of course more planes!

The Reno Air Racing Association has revamped many of its planning strategies allowing for more efficiency, effectiveness, and creativity for the 51st event. These changes allow spectators to experience not just a few races, but a “full festival of flight.” Attendees will enjoy more interactive exhibits, more live music, and more racing events.

The 51stannual event is the only closed course pylon racing event in the world, and is the world’s longest running air race. Six different race plane classes battle just 60 feet from the ground, with the Unlimited and Jet classes reaching speeds over 500 mph! Besides the on-your-feet action of the races, spectators have close-up access to racing aircraft, pilots and crews in the “pits.” There’s a world-class air show, military display and demonstrations, aircraft display and great concessions. Experience the action of the “World’s Fastest Motorsport”!

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Spectator’s Guide to Ironman North Lake Tahoe

It’s race week of the inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe! Cheer on the insanely fit Ironman athletes as they compete in a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run race. The event takes place September 22, with 2,500 athletes competing for a slot in the Ironman World Championships and a piece of the $75,000 purse. These athletes are excited to compete in stunning Lake Tahoe… after all, the event registrations sold out in less than 24 hours!

First-Impression_Ironman_2012Here are some of the best places to watch the event according to Ironmon event producers:

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE SWIM:

Kings Beach State Park, athletes will enter the swim from Kings Beach State Park, and Transition is in the parking lot adjacent to the beach. The best place to park will be at Kings Beach Elementary School, a few short blocks from the beach off Steelhead Ave.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE BIKE:

Spectators have a number of great places to watch athletes on the bike course. Spectators can watch athletes at two “hot corners” where athletes will pass multiple times. One is at the entrance to Squaw Valley under the Olympic flame where you can see your athlete pass three times. The second will be in Kings Beach at the Corner of 267 and 28 where athletes will be starting their day on the bike, and then passing 3 additional times. The Town of Truckee will also be having a street celebration closing down Donner Pass road thru old town Truckee with the athletes racing down the middle of the street. There will be live music, activities for kids and adults, and food at restaurants adjacent to the course.

BEST PLACE TO WATCH THE RUN:

The run course has a number of lively spots to catch your athlete multiple times. The

Squaw Valley Village will be an ideal location, close to the finish line, with food, music, the Ironman Village expo, and athletes making multiple passes in the area before finishing. Easy parking also makes this an ideal location to spend the day. The “hot corner” under the Olympic flame will also be a location where athletes can be cheered on three times on the bike, and 4 times on the run.

Be sure to hop over to Reno before or after the race – it’s close enough that the Ironman runners could probably run there!

Street Vibrations Fall Rally Boasts More Venues, Free Shuttles & Celebrity Appearances

Thousands of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts will enjoy music, metal, motorcycles, celebrities, beautiful women and amazing bikes during Street Vibrations® Fall Rally Sept. 25-29 in Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Virginia City.

2401170847_d4b410b59a_bThe 4th largest motorcycle event in the nation, Street Vibrations® will take over the main streets in most cities and will fill special event plazas, parking areas and event space in many hotel-casinos with live entertainment and vendors selling everything from leather chaps, helmets, artwork and sunglasses to motorcycle boots, chrome, LED lights and insurance.

The event is free and open to the public.  Motorcycle participants pay a fee and can participate in; Street Vibrations® poker runs and walks, ride-in competitions, bike games and 2 VIP parties.  Registered participants receive a 5-day VIP parking pass, an official ride pin and a Street Vibrations® 2013 T-shirt.

Free Shuttles between Reno & Sparks Venues

Free shuttles from Street Vibrations® downtown Reno to Street Vibrations® Sparks will run every 30 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. throughout the event.

Celebrities

This year, some celebrities are joining in the fun. Erik Estrada, star of the popular TV show CHiPs, which followed the lives of two motorcycle police officers for six seasons will enjoy Street Vibrations® on Thurs., Sept. 26 and Fri., Sept. 27 and will be available for photographs and conversations during “Meet and Greet” sessions at multiple venues.

The International Bikini Team will be featured in bikini competitions and “Meet and Greet” sessions on Fri., Sept. 27 and Sat., Sept 28 at several different official Street Vibrations® venues.

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Virginia Street in downtown Reno will host multiple Street Vibrations® stages with non-stop music from live bands, Factory Rigs, vendors selling all things motorcycle, festival food booths and more from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson® is also an official venue hosting vendors and festival food and beverages.

The Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno will host participant and vendor registration, vendor booths, the Tattoo Expo, America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo featuring cutting edge custom motorcycle creations and the Bike Corral where registered participants can buy or sell a bike to private parties.

Street Vibrations® 2013 has been selected as a stop on the Jagermeister Mobile Stage Tour. The huge mobile stage will stop in downtown Reno and will feature Jagerettes, promotional models who serve as informed ambassadors of the herbal liqueur brand. Often the models have free Jagermeister merchandise that can range from key chains to T-Shirts to distribute to crowds.

Sparks

The Street Vibrations® Sparks action will take place inside John Ascuaga’s Nugget, providing climate controlled comfort for motorcycle enthusiasts satisfying their entertainment and shopping needs.

Sparks will host the Jimmie Van Zant concert Friday in the Celebrity Showroom and will house select vendors.  Special poker walks in Sparks are planned with cash give-aways.

Carson City

Street Vibrations® Carson City will rock in the heart of downtown, right next to the Horseshoe Club and across from the Carson Nugget with live entertainment and vendors.

Virginia City

In Virginia City the action will be on “C” Street, the main street through the historic mining town.

Some Highlights

Street Vibrations® will feature a Jimmie Van Zant concert at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Celebrity Showroom on Fri., Sept. 27, Harley-Davidson® give-aways at the Silver Legacy and Harrah’s, Web TV filming of ThrottleGirl at Chester’s Reno Harley-Davidson®, an Erik Estrada look-alike contest on the downtown Reno Jagermeister Stage, an International Bikini Team Competition at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Cabaret, a wet T-shirt contest at the Sands Regency, a Tattoo Expo, America’s Finest Custom Bike Builder’s Expo and.

50th National Championship Air Races wraps up historic week

The National Championship Air Races wrapped up its historic 50th event on Sunday afternoon with a thrilling Breitling Unlimited Gold Championship race that ended with four-time defending champion Steve Hinton edging out one of the best racing fields in the event’s history for his fifth straight victory. Hinton, from Chino, Calif., was piloting the popular P-51 Mustang “Voodoo,” racing against his former plane, the legendary P-51 Mustang, “Strega,” owned by famed air racer, Bill “Tiger” Destefani. By day’s end, Gold Champions were crowned in all six race classes.

Winners included:

* Biplane Class: Tom Aberle, Fallbrook, CA, “Phantom,” 254.24 mph

* Sport Class: Jeff LaVelle, Mukilteo, WA, “Race 39,” 394.33 mph (time of release, results unofficial)

* Formula One Class: Vito Wypraechtiger, Bern, Switzerland, “Scarlet Screamer,” 240.26 mph

* T-6 Class: Dennis Buehn, Carson City, NV “Midnight Miss III,” 245.56 mph

* Jet Class: Pete Zaccagnino, Park City Utah, “Just Lucky,” 509.9 mph

* Unlimited Class: Steve Hinton, Chino, CAB, “Voodoo,” 482.1 mph

“This year was truly an honor for the Reno Air Races,” said Mike Houghton CEO and president of Reno Air Racing Association. “We welcomed some of the best aviators in the industry to race, watch and/or take part in our 50th event. We appreciate all of the fans, competitors, performers, volunteers and sponsors for making this a memorable year.”

For fan photos, check out the photo stream!

For a complete list of official results and times, log onto www.airrace.org.

Historic 50th National Championship Air Races takes to the skies this week

Fifty years after racing planes first took to northern Nevada’s skies in 1964, the National Championship Air Races begins this week with a one-of-a-kind celebration of flight. Boasting a full slate of top-notch entertainment and aerobatics and promising one of its most competitive and high-profile racing fields in recent memory, ‘the world’s fastest motorsport’ has an array of events and activities planned to commemorate its landmark year including a rare United States performance by the Breitling ‘Jetman.’ And, it’s not without compelling storylines, as defending four-time Unlimited and Warbird Racing Class Breitling Gold champion, Steve Hinton, takes the helm of the fan favorite P-51 mustang ‘Voodoo,’ racing against the plane he’s flown to victory four times previously, the legendary ‘Strega’ now flown by longtime racer, Matt Jackson. While some qualifying takes place early in the week, the event officially gets underway on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and runs through Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now at www.airrace.org.

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In addition to six racing classes of intense, head-to-head competition that culminates in a race for the coveted Breitling Gold Unlimited and Warbird Championship trophy and a share of $1 million in prize money, this year’s 50th Reno Air Races features one of the top private demonstration teams in the world, the L-39 Patriot Jet Team, comprised of former pilots from the United States Navy Blue Angels and the United States Air Force Thunderbirds who will  provide four days of awe-inspiring performances. Joining the Patriot Jet Team and Breitling ‘Jet Man’ making only his second North American appearance, are some of the top civilian air show performers in the world, including Kent Pietsch, Clay Lacy and Jim Pietz, performing incredible aerobatics throughout the week.

When racing gets underway, Air Race fans and aviation enthusiasts will recognize some of the most famous aircraft and pilots flying today, including restored World War II planes ‘Rare Bear,’ ‘Precious Metal,’ ‘Dreadnought,’ ‘Czech Mate,’ ‘Miss America,’ ‘Ole Yeller,’ ‘Argonaut’ and ‘Sawbones.’

Racing pilots joining Hinton and Jackson include Stu Dawson, Thom Richard, Brent Hisey, brothers Dennis and Brian Sanders, Rod Lewis, Sherman Smoot, space shuttle astronauts ‘Hoot’ Gibson and Curt Brown, Will Whiteside, Tom Aberle and northern Nevadan Dennis Buehn. In all, RARA expects more than 100 competitors and performers to participate in the historic celebration this week, in addition to the popular military static display and the National Aviation Heritage Invitational.

Event organizers also announced last month the addition of a very special fundraising dinner and celebration on Saturday, Sept. 14, which will mark the 50th anniversary by paying tribute to a collection of military, aviation and air race legends. Some of the pilots and figures scheduled to be in attendance at the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner include famed pilot Bob Hoover, considered to be one of the top pilots in history; retired United States Air Force General Ron Fogleman, former Chief of Staff for the United States Air Force; and Southwest Airlines founder Herb Kelleher. The dinner will also feature a handful of pilots who competed at the first Air Races in 1964, including World War II veteran Clay Lacy and Air Race legend Daryl Greenameyer (Hoover also performed at the inaugural Air Races). Sponsorships and seating for the National Championship Air Races Evening with Mavericks and Legends Fundraising Dinner is open to the public. Table sponsorships include access to a private VIP reception with honorees and Gold Champion Sponsorships include the opportunity to have an honoree sit at your table during the event program. Space is limited. To reserve your space now or for more information, please visit www.airrace.org or call (775) 972-6663.

The 50th annual National Championship Air Races is the world’s premier air racing event. The races take place this year from Sept. 11 through Sept. 15. Tickets are on sale now by phone at (775) 972-6663 or online at www.airrace.org.

Nation’s Greatest Eaters to Compete in the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship

Top ranked Major League Eaters will battle cheek-to-jowl at the 8th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, Nevada on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  The 12-minute, all-you-can-eat contest will kick-off the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort over an extended Labor Day weekend.  At stake is a $5,000 cash purse and the title of Best in the West Nugget World Rib Eating Champion.

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Joey “Jaws” Chestnut of San Jose, CA, the #1-ranked eater in the world and six-time July 4th Hot Dog Eating Champion, secured his sixth Nugget World Rib Eating Championship title here last year by downing 8 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.  Chestnut will face #7-ranked eater, Miki Sudo, who defeated Chestnut in a 6-minute rib contest earlier this year in Chicago. Sudo has the speed, but can she endure over the grueling 12-minute marathon at the Nugget? Or will Chestnut’s experience in the long-form event pay off?

Chestnut also faces #4-ranked eater, Matt Stonie, who defeated Chestnut in another discipline this year, and came second at the Nugget in 2012. Both Sudo and Stonie will push Chestnut like he has never been pushed before in 2013. He faces his biggest challenge in an event he has dominated for years.

Other top-contenders vying for a spot in the rib eating record books will be Juan “More Bite” Rodriguez  and Erik “The Red” Denmark.  More than a dozen eaters will compete for the title of Nugget World Rib Eating Champion. Ranked Major League Eaters Dax Swanson and Steve Hendry are making their Nugget debuts. Joining them will be Reno comedian Drake Nelson.

The contest will feature St. Louis-style ribs and will conform to the MLE judging model, where ribs are weighed before and after competition to determine the exact amount of rib meat eaten by each competitor.

Hosted by John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort, the 25th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off features 24 of the world’s most decorated rib cookers vying for prize money and bragging rights. The rib cook-off attracts more than 500,000 people every year to devour more than 230,000 pounds of ribs over the extended Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit www.nuggetribcookoff.com or www.janugget.com.