Casino Fandango is heating up Memorial Day weekend in Carson City with the community’s second annual Rockin’ Rib Fest from May 24 to 27. This event marks the only Memorial Day rib fest in the region and will be the largest planned Memorial Day celebration in the community.
Award-winning rib cookers from around the country, including Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, Chicago BBQ Company, Back Forty Texas BBQ and the local Carson City BBQ, will gather for the four-day event, which kicks off at noon Friday with food, live music and family-friendly activities planned throughout the long holiday weekend. The event concludes at 5 p.m. Monday. Admission is free.
“Last year’s success proved there’s nothing like a barbecue to bring people together on Memorial Day weekend to honor the brave men and women who have given their lives for our freedom,” said Court Cardinal, president and general manager of Casino Fandango. “We invite our friends and neighbors from across the region to join us at this citywide community event to enjoy the delicious food and great music,”
Event attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite ribs. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Casino Fandango also will create a “beverage garden” for the event where guests can enjoy everything from domestic and craft beers to wine, margaritas and cocktails as well as sodas and bottled water. Succulent sides and refreshing desserts, as well as Rockin’ Rib Fest merchandise, will be available for purchase at the Casino Fandango booth.
Planned activities include games such as cornhole, Hammer-Schlagen and a pie-eating contest, with prizes for the winners. Dozens of arts and crafts vendors will also be on site.
Several local bands are scheduled to play from open to close each day, including Dendyl Hoyt, Reckless Envy, Lost Reverends and Joey Carmon. Michael Furlong’s Tribute to Tom Petty will headline at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.