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Wichita Ribfest

May 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Friday, May 16 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m
Saturday, May 17 - 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m
Sunday, May 18 - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

City Lot D - 777 E. Waterman

Gate Admission:Advance tickets are not required
$5 per wristband (includes admission for all 3 days)
Children 5 and under are free
(Food & Beverage not included with admission)

$2 lunch admission from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. courtesy of Go Wichita
Free admission with a Brantley Gilbert concert ticket.
Armed Forces Day Special - Buy One Get One Free admission for military personnel with a valid military ID
Free admission with a 2014 Riverfest button

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Ribfest Cookers:

Cowboy's Barbeque & Rib Co. Cowboy's Barbecue & Rib Co.
Whether you select Cowboys BBQ Original Sauce or their Rio Grand Rub, you will be coming back for more. Owner Dallas Greene hasn’t won over 40 rib awards by accident. The excellence comes in the preparation and the years of experience in serving hundreds of thousands hungry rib fans makes Cowboys BBQ a can’t miss stop.
Johnson's BBQ
Johnson's BBQ hails from Chesapeake, Virginia and is known for their ribs around the world. Johnson's returns to Wichita Ribfest after missing last year's event. Home of the Thermonuclear Sauce, Johnson’s BBQ is known, not only for their sauces, but also for their rubs and smoking techniques. Their secret, according to owner Dan Johnson, is “our great taste is a result of our tender combination of first-class rubs and hickory wood which permeates the meat in a special way.”
Hickory Road BBQ
We serve “Midwestern ‘Que” – a combination of all the best in American BBQ. Being BBQ enthusiasts, we have added a little of everything to our BBQ menu. We slow smoke all our meats in our custom smokers. Low & slow over a bed of hickory is how it’s done here! All our ‘que is made daily and served fresh & hot. We pride ourselves in serving great food in a fun atmosphere.

Porky Chicks BBQ
The pride of Arkansas! Porky Chicks BBQ serves up lip smackin’ vittles that are a barbeque lover’s dream. The finest top notch sauce covers their ribs and make for a truly unbelievable food experience. This is BBQ at its finest. Porky Chicks has the best in BBQ ribs that are cooked slowly to assure tenderness finished off on the grill.

Howling Coyote BBQ

"Ribs more tender than a mother's love" is how Ed Latkowski describes his team's ribs. The cooking team of Howling Coyote has competed in and has won many national and international cook-offs. Howling Coyote specializes in St. Louis - style pork spare ribs. Latkowski's slow-cooked ribs are marinated with a dry rub that consists of over 40 herbs and spices. They have won over 50 awards, including first place ribs in Nebraska and first place at the Naperville Ribfest in Illinois.

Texas Pit BBQ

"Lip Smackin, Tongue Teasin, Belly Rubbin, Bone Lickin Good!" Owners Ron and Valerie Conaway have been participating in rib cook-offs for more than 20 years. This Conroe, Texas team has won multiple People's Choice and Grand Champion awards and has become known as one of the Nations Top National Award Winning Teams. Texas Pit BBQ is famous for their Sticky Ribs and award winning BBQ sauce. Pit Master Ron says they serve their ribs, "Wet, Sticky, and Bone Lickin Good!"
Schedule of Events:

5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. -  Archery Tag by Mobile GameDen - Paintball meets traditional archery! Stop by to test your skill at shooting your opponent's target.  

11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Classic Car Show (Click Here for show information & registration)
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Cornhole Tournament - 16 team, double elimination (Click Here for tournament information & registration)
11:00 a.m. - Home Depot Kid's Workshop - See details below.

11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Laser Tag by Mobile GameDen - Come show off your shooting and strategy skills by hitting your opposing team's sensors. 
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Public Service Vehicles - Stop by and get your picture taken with a Police Car, Firetruck and even a bomb-detecting robot.
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - C-Arrow Stables Petting Zoo - Come feed animals such as donkeys, sheep, goats, rabbits & more. Pony rides also available.


Main Stage Entertainment Lineup:

Friday - Sponsored by Clear Channel Media + Entertainment
Main Stage Lineup coming soon!

Saturday - Sponsored by Journal Broadcast Group
7:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. - Rock Garden
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Paramount

Sunday - Sponsored by Connoisseur Media
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Uche & The Crash
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Dueling Pianos
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - School of Rock

Kid's Play Zone:
Ribfest will include a kid's area featuring activities and entertainment for kids of all ages. Bring the family and enjoy inflatables, a caricature artist and more.

Friday, May 16: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m

Pepsi Sports Zone
Friday, May 16: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Pepsi Sports Zone will have inflatable baseball, basketball, and football games for your enjoyment. Test your free throwing at the Dew Freethrow, show off your throwing skills at the Pepsi G.O.T.A.P., or get your swinging practice in at the Aquafina Baseball.


Mobile GameDen
Friday, May 16: 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 17: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Come by the Mobile GameDen where you can satisfy your gaming needs. A mobile video arcade will allow you to show off your gaming skills and you can also participate in Archery Tag and Laser Tag. Archery Tag will be offered on Friday throughout the Mobile GameDen hours and Laser Tag will be on Sunday.

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Saturday, May 17: 11:00 a.m.

Bring the kids and family out and enjoy a FREE, interactive Kid's Workshop, courtesy of Home Depot. Participants will be able to build a tool box or a heart-shaped box. Click here to visit their website for additional information on Kid's Workshops.



Pat's Funnel Cakes & Concessions
Old Home Rootbeer
Black Sheep Kettle Corn
The Nut Place
Granny’s Lemonade
Lipton Pure Leaf Sampling
Mountain Dew KickStart Sampling
Snobrik Cartoons Caricatures
Funky Fancy Face Painters

Sponsor / Vendor / Exhibitor Opportunities:

Get involved today! View our deck of customizable partnership opportunities for Wichita Ribfest here.

We are currently accepting applications for vendors and exhibitors, including, but not limited to, food or beverage vendors, retail merchants and artists. For pricing and to apply, please contact Kris Wheeler at We are not accepting applications for additional rib vendors.
Official Ribfest Hotel:

Hyatt Regency Wichita is offering a $99 room rate for all Ribfest guests. Click here to take advantage of this exclusive offer.
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