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The Ultimate Guide to the 28th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The 28th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, August 31 through Monday, September 5, 2016 at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. This must-attend barbecue, music and craft festival is open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission, parking and entertainment are free!
 
“The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off was voted number one Best BBQ Festival in the nation in a USA Today readers poll,” said Nugget Director of Special Events & Entertainment, Lisa Jansen. “We’re proud of the recognition that the Rib Cook-Off delivers the best barbecue experience in the country.”
 
More than 241,000 pounds of ribs were served at the event in 2015. The wide variety of activities at the event, including the Nugget World Rib Eating Championship, this year’s Presidential Pig Race, a carnival area with rides and activities, and top-notch entertainment – not to mention the best barbecue in the country - all come together to draw thousands of people to Victorian Square every extended Labor Day weekend.
 
Rib Cookers:
Twenty-three of the world’s most-decorated and talented rib cookers will feed event goers, while competing for a total cash purse of $14,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume, competitive barbecue.
 
In 2015, Bone Daddy’s BBQ from Midland, Michigan took home the title of “Best in the West.” Second place went to Famous Dave’s competitive barbecue team from Plymouth, Minnesota and Reno, Nevada, Uncle Bub’s from Westmont, Illinois won 3rd place. The 2015 People’s Choice Award was also claimed by first place winner, Bone Daddy’s.
 
The 23 rib cookers making their return to the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off are Aussom Aussie BBQ Company (Pittsburgh, PA by way of Sydney, Australia); Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ (Burr Ridge, Illinois); Back Forty Texas Barbecue (Pleasant Hill, CA); The Barbecue Company (Phoenix, AZ); BJ’s Barbecue (Sparks, NV); Bone Daddy’s BBQ (Midland, MI); Bourbon Q (Westport, KY); Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ (Mt. Laurel, NJ); Carson City BBQ (Carson City, NV); Checkered Pig BBQ (Martinsville, VA); Chicago BBQ Company (Burr Ridge, IL); Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Company (Hinckley, OH); Famous Dave’s BBQ (Plymouth, MN and Reno, NV); Hole in the Wall BBQ (Eugene, OR); Joey’s Texas Thunder BBQ (Borger, TX); Johnson’s Bar-B-Que (Chesapeake, VA); Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN); Kinder’s Custom Meats Inc. (Concord, CA); Montana Q Bar-B-Que (Frenchtown, Montana); Porky ‘N Beans (Port Saint Lucie, FL) Rasta Joe’s BBQ Inc. (Rochester, IN); Texas Outlaw Barbecue (Elizabethtown, KY) and Uncle Bub’s (Westmont, IL).
 
Nugget World Rib Eating Championship:
Wednesday, August 31 at 6 p.m. at the Main Stage
Major League Eating (MLE), the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 11th annual Nugget World Rib Eating Championship at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, at the Main Stage. The country’s best competitive eaters, including #1-ranked Joey “Jaws” Chestnut and #2-ranked Matt “Megatoad” Stonie will vie for $5,000 in prize money and the title of Nugget World Rib-Eating Champion. MLE conducts more than 90 events annually, including the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. Matt Stonie won the championship in 2015 after eating a gut-busting 10.5 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest.
 
Presidential Pig Race:
Thursday, September 1 at 11 a.m. at the Main Stage
The pig race only takes place during election years, so you don’t want to miss this opportunity! Two adorable piglets, one representing the Republican presidential nominee and one representing the Democratic presidential nominee, will race to see who will win the White House. Back in 2012, the Obama pig won by a snout. So sometimes, the pig races are right on point.

Entertainment:
The Nugget Casino Resort will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. All of the entertainment is provided free-of-charge.
 
Wednesday, August 31:
Floor & Décor West End Stage –
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Big Red
2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Jeff Jones
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Rigorous Proof
7 p.m. – MAIN STAGE: The Rocket Man Show – Elton John Tribute
 

Thursday, September 1
Floor & Décor West End Stage –
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Strange Weather
2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Everyday Outlaw
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Jellybread
7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: The Garage Boys
 
Friday, September 2
Floor & Décor West End Stage –
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Bourgeois Gypsies
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Crush
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – John Dawson Band
7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Vertical Horizon
 
Saturday, September 3
Floor & Décor West End Stage –
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Armer and the Hot Dogs
2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Greg Golden Band
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – Rick Hays and American Steel
7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Jessie James Decker
 
Sunday, September 4


Floor & Décor West End Stage -
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Jake’s Garage
2:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m. – Buddy Emmer Band
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. – West Bay Rhythm
7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: Eddie Money
 
Monday, Sept. 7
Floor & Décor West End Stage -
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Delta Cat
2:00 p.m.– Rib Cook-Off Awards Ceremony
2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Jason King Band
7 p.m. - MAIN STAGE: The Original Wailers
 
Shuttle Service:
For quick, convenient access, there will be two free shuttles to and from the event. In Sparks, you can park at the Iron Horse Shopping Center at 505 E. Prater Way. For those located near south Reno, the Reno Sparks Convention Center is offering another free shuttle in their parking lot on the corner of Coliseum Way and Peckham Lane. Shuttles run Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles will take event goers to the RTC Centennial Plaza, near Victorian and 14th, just steps away from all the action!


Kids’ Area:
Children will delight in an array of rides and activities. The kids’ area will be located in front of the Century 14 movie theater parking garage, and will include games and exciting rides for kids of all ages. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.
 
Mascot:
The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off’s famous mascot, Mr. Ribster will return to the event this year. He will be walking around during the event and making a special appearance at the Ribster Lunch on Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.NuggetRibCookOff.com.

Website/Social Media:
Get updates during the event!
Website: www.nuggetribcookoff.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuggetribs
Twitter: @nuggetribs
Instagram: @nuggetribs
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/nuggetribs
YouTube: www.youtube.com/nuggetribs
Use the official hashtag #NuggetRibs.
 
For more information, visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.
 
Thank you to 2016’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off sponsors, including AT&T, Floor & Décor, Home Depot and Kingsford, IGT, Kansas City Barbecue Society, KBUL Nash FM 98.1 and Cumulus, Kenwood Vineyards, KOZZ and Lotus Radio, More 106.9 FM and Reno Media Group, Marnell Gaming, Metro PCS, Model Dairy, Morrey Distributing and Budweiser, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Seaboard Farms, the City of Sparks, Tahoe University and Wells Fargo.
 
The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is one of the Reno/Tahoe region's most affordable vacation and convention destinations, featuring a multitude of amenities, including 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, eight award-winning dining outlets, a year-round atrium pool and numerous other amenities. The Nugget is owned by Marnell Gaming. For more information, please visit www.nuggetcasinoresort.com, call 1-800-648-1177, or visit us on Facebook and Twitter
 
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CLASH OF RIVALS, JOEY CHESTNUT AND MATT STONIE, AT THE 11th ANNUAL NUGGET WORLD RIB-EATING CHAMPIONSHIP

$5,000 in Cash Prizes On the Line During Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reigning rib-eating record-holder Joey Chestnut will compete to regain his title against number-two-ranked eater Matt Stonie at the 11th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship in Sparks, NV.  The event, to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016, is part of the 28th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.  

The World Rib-Eating Championship is legendary on the Major League Circuit and will feature the world’s finest competitive eaters, including Gideon Oji, the number-five-ranked eater, who has consumed 25.5 16oz of kale in 8 minutes; Rich LeFevre, who has consumed six pounds of SPAM in 12 minutes; and Steve Hendry, who is a chewing-eating specialist from California.

The competitor who downs the most rib meat from the bone in 12 minutes will be crowned the Best in the West Nugget Rib-Eating Champion and will win the lion’s share of the $5,000 cash purse. At last year’s event, Stonie downed 10.5 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest, unseating longtime rib champion, Chestnut. Chestnut still currently holds the world record of 13.76 pounds of pork rib meat in 12 minutes.

“Competitive rib eating in 2016 is the direct descendant of thousands of years of human evolution,” says MLE emcee Sam Barclay. “At the 11th Annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship, the greatest eaters in the world must call upon their ancient ancestors, their distant relatives who sat huddled, terrified, crudely gnawing meat from bone, without the cool balm of science to explain their savage lot. MLE’s best will need to embrace their primal self, their unstructured soul, to win here."

The rib-eating contest will kick off the 28nd Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, which draws more than 500,000 people each year. Featuring St. Louis style ribs, the contest will conform to the MLE judging model, in which ribs are weighed prior to the contest and then again after the contest to determine the exact amount of rib meat eaten by each competitor.

WHAT:        The 11th Annual Best in the West Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship

WHERE:    Nugget Casino Resort’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, 1100 Nugget Ave, Sparks, NV
                
WHEN:    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TIME:        6 p.m.

Two Free Shuttles Offered To and From Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Record crowds are expected to attend the 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off on Victorian Square in Sparks so the event will offer expanded free parking and shuttles to and from downtown Sparks.

For quick, convenient access, there are two shuttle stops this year. In Sparks, you can park at the Iron Horse Shopping Center on 505 E. Prater Way. For those located near south Reno, the Reno-Sparks Convention Center is offering another free shuttle in their parking lot at the corner of Coliseum Way and Peckham Lane.

“We highly recommend that rib fans take the free shuttles to the event this year,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment at the Nugget Casino Resort. “We’ve added a new shuttle location, so it’s easier than ever to take a free shuttle and remove the stress from parking. It is the best way to get to the event.”

The shuttles will run Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shuttles will take event goers to the RTC Centennial Plaza, near Victorian and 14th St Street, just steps away from all the action!

The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held on Victorian Square in Sparks from August 31 – September 5. The six-day event draws massive crowds as 23 of the world’s best cookers will serve up more than 241,000 pounds of ribs.

For more information, please visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.

2016 Rib Cook-Off sponsors include: City of Sparks, Kingsford Charcoal, Home Depot, Floor and Decor,
Kansas City Barbeque Society, Kenwood Winery,, KBUL 98 FM, MORE 106.9 FM, KOZZ 105.7 FM,
Morrey Distributing-Budweiser, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers & Wells Fargo.

Nugget Casino Resort Hosting 2016 Hot August Nights in Sparks

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is honored to be a host property for 2016 Hot August Nights! Classic car enthusiasts will enjoy the variety of events and entertainment offered at the Nugget this year.

Official Hot August Nights Classic Car Drag Races & Burnouts
This always-popular event combines the smell of burning rubber and gasoline, paired with classic eye candy and high-adrenaline levels caused by risky racing to draw some of the best competitors in the country!

The event will take place at “Nugget Speedway,” a special drag racing track that is about one-sixteenth of a mile long in the Nugget’s West Parking Lot. Drag races and burnouts are held Wednesday through Saturday during Hot August Nights from 6 p.m. until midnight.

To enter your car, pickup-size truck or emergency vehicle in a race, vehicles must be 1976 and older. The cost to race is free for Hot August Nights participants and $75 for non-registrants, per day. Tires must be D.O.T. approved (no slicks), and no nitrous oxide or racing fuels are allowed.

The cost to attend is $10 for general admission and free for children 6 and under and Hot August Nights registrants.

Ultimate Car Competition and Cruise Down Victorian Avenue
Sit back and relax as you watch the impressive line-up of classic cars make their way down Victorian Avenue each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.!

Free Concerts
Watching the cars of yesteryear just wouldn’t be right without the perfect, era-appropriate soundtrack. Enjoy free, nightly concerts on Victorian Plaza starting at 8:15 p.m. The lineup includes Rich West's "Rock 'n' Roll Radio Show,” Lady An The Tramps, Ronny & The Classics, Satisfaction The international Rolling Stones Show, 60’s Summer of Love, and Abbacadabra - The Ultimate Abba Tribute.

More Music
The Nugget Celebrity Showroom brings you even more music with Orbison and the Everly Brothers Reimagined starting Wednesday, August 3 to Friday, August 5 beginning at 8 p.m. The two acts crossed paths more than a few times in their prolific careers, but not much is documented. Orbison and The Everly Brothers Reimagined” combines this unique vision for an unforgettable night of career-spanning hits! Tickets are $20, plus tax and fees.

‘50s Costume Contest
All dressed up and no place to go when the classic car cruise ends? Wednesday through Saturday, each night after the cruise, Gilley’s Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que inside the Nugget will host a ‘50s Costume Contest where you could win $100!

Nugget Classic Car Parking
The 5th floor in the parking garage is designated for classic car parking only. There will be a security guard present 24 hours a day during the event.  Remember, Classic cars are defined as 1976 or older. Meanwhile, trailers are not allowed to be parked at the Nugget, and will need to be parked at the official Hot August Nights trailer location at Baldini’s Casino.

Street Closures
Victorian Avenue will close  for the event beginning Monday, August 1.

For more information, please visit NuggetCasinoResort.com and HotAugustNights.net.

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