WHAT: 2012 Presidential Pig Race
WHEN: 11 a.m., Thursday, August 30th, 2012, during The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
WHERE: The corner of 11th & Victorian in Sparks, just outside of John Ascuaga’s Nugget
John Ascuaga’s Nugget is putting the “pork” in politics at this year’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at John Ascuaga’s Nugget! In a completely unscientific method of predicting America’s next Commander in Chief, pigs dressed to represent “Obama” and “Romney” will race down Victorian Avenue, oinking for your vote.
Just like the real 2012 Presidential candidates, these little piggies will be pounding the pavement!
See which pig “squeals” the top spot, and wins by a snout!
If your prediction falls short, you can always join the half-a-million people chowing down on more than 100 tons of ribs at one of the largest BBQ festivals in the country. The 24th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off runs from August 29 – September 3, 2012.
Summer is coming to an end and school will be back in full swing before you know it, but before you hit the books, come take advantage of all Reno Tahoe has to offer this holiday weekend to end your summer with a bang!
What better way to kick-off your Labor Day weekend than hitting The Beach? Grab your board shorts and bikinis and head over to the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino for Plunge Thursday. Relax next to the pool while enjoying drink specials from Skyy Vodka and Coors as guest DJs spin the hottest tracks.
If you’re hungry for one last summer BBQ, join the thousands that gather every year at Victorian Square in Sparks for the country’s most prestigious rib eating festival, The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Enjoy finger-lickin’ ribs prepared by top cooks from across the nation as well as live music on the Main Concert Stage every night. This Labor Day favorite takes place August 31 – September 5.
Get your last laughs for the summer with comedians Dante Nero and K-von at Silver Legacy’s Catch a Rising Star. Funny man Dante Nero has been featured on Chappell’s Show and had a role in the hit movie Fighting, while K-von, star of the MTV’s “Disaster Date” has been featured on SHOWTIME and recently came off a two-year comedy tour. Performing August 30 through September 4, these comedic up and comers will have you in tears from laughter.
Enjoy this last holiday weekend of freedom in Reno-Tahoe!
Written by, Cody Haener
Whether you’re the type of rib-eater who’s all about quality, or the type who’s all about quantity, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-off delivers with the world’s best cookers lined up to fill festivalgoers bellies and compete for bragging rights.
The 21st running of the event takes place Sept. 2-7 (Labor Day weekend) at Victorian Square in Reno’s sister city of Sparks, where nearly 500,000 visitors will converge to consume 100 tons of ribs, while many of the world’s most celebrated and talented rib cookers compete for a cash purse in the thousands and the title of, “Best of the West,” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume competitive BBQ.
Eat to win
Watch professional eaters, including three-time defending champion Joey Chestnut, participate in the 4th Annual World Rib Eating Competition, planned for Sept. 2. Last year the legendary world No.1-ranked eater consumed 9.8 pounds of rib meat in 12 minutes to set a new world record.
This year’s entertainment lineup includes the Saddle Tramps, Hot Club of Cowtown, Restless Heart, The Fixx, Jonny Lang and the Iguanas, and many other bands over the six-day festival.
View more event information online.