SALAMANCA, N.Y. — It’s time to get hog wild in the City of Salamanca. Packed with lip smacking, barbeque-sauce-on-your-chin fun, the 2nd Annual Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest makes its return to Veterans Memorial Park, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 16–18, 2013, with a variety of events including professional world champion barbeque competition teams, a car and bike show, live music, a swine-centric parade and a family friendly kid zone.
Rib teams firing up their barbeque pits this year: Smokin’ Joe’s Hog Wild Barbeque, Wells Hog Wild, My Happy Place BBQ, SGT. Oink’s BBQ Co, and the 2012 Allegany Rockin’ Ribfest Rib Master back to defend its title – Two Fat Guys BBQ. Judging will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. for “Best Sauce,” “Best Pulled Pork,” “Best Ribs,” “People’s Choice” and the coveted title of “Rib Master.”
New to this year’s festival is Ribs ‘n Rides Car & Bike Show. Cars and bikes can cruise over to Salamanca on Aug. 17, for registration from 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Awards begin at 3 p.m., and trophies will be given to “Best in Show.” All makes and models are welcome and dash plaques will be handed out to the first 50 cars to arrive at the event. Pre-registration is $8; day of event, $10. To receive a pre-registration form, call the chamber at (716) 945-2034 or visit www.SalamancaChamber.org.
The Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel will present this year’s music stage entertainment lineup featuring live music daily and the return of “The Spirit of Johnny Cash.” Kicking off Ribfest on Aug. 16, is Cruisin’ from 3–5 p.m., The Bob Hartle Band from 5–7 p.m., and West of the Mark from 8–10 p.m.
Music continues Saturday with Freddie and the Jets from 1–3 p.m., The Blues Hounds from 4–6 p.m., The Allegany River Indian Dancers from 6–7 p.m., and The Spirit of Johnny Cash featuring Harold Ford, Laura Lucy & The Cash Band from 7–9 p.m.
Wrapping up Ribfest on Sunday, Aug. 18, the music stage will welcome Roll the Dice from 11 a.m. to noon, Freddie & Friends from 1–3 p.m., and Oliverio from 4–6 p.m.
Other festival highlights include a “Swine Time Parade” on Sunday at 2 p.m. The parade will begin with the Rib Master Grand Marshall down Broad Street to Veterans Memorial Park. Those interested in participating in the parade — of course a pig theme is encouraged — are invited to contact Donna Raahauge at (716) 945-4588. For a parade application, visit www.salamancachamber.org.
The “Kid Zone” will offer bounce houses, trampolines, rock climbing walls and face painting. Art and craft vendors and a variety of scrumptious desserts and specialty comfort foods will also be available.
Admission is free. Parking inside the gate is $5; free parking options are available.