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$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.

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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.

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Last Chance to Vote For Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off to Win USA Today Award

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The weekend of June 18 and 19 will be the final chance to vote The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Rib Cook-Off has made its way into the hearts, and stomachs, of meat lovers for the last 28 years. USA Today has recognized the Sparks event as one of the best in the nation as nominated by experts in a quest to find the “10Best BBQ Festivals”. The event has fluctuated between first and second place and voters are urged to help make the final push for the top spot.

“We want to put Reno-Sparks on the map as the home of the best bar-b-que festival in the country. We want to be number one, but Rib Cook-Off can’t win unless the community rallies behind us,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “Vote daily, or several times a day if you have access to more than one computer.”

Voting is super easy! Head to to cast your vote for the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. You can cast your ballot once a day until Monday, June 20 at 9 p.m. PT.

“We all know Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is the biggest and best BBQ festival in the country,” Jansen said. “This is great recognition for the event and we can win this contest because we live in such a supportive community. We appreciate everyone’s vote.”

The 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort from August 31 – September 5. The six-day event attracts more than 500,000 people as 23 of the world’s best cookers will serve up more than 241,000 pounds of ribs.

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