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Nugget Event Center Job Fair May 1

Nugget Casino Resort to hold Job Fair for new Nugget Event Center

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada is holding a Job Fair for on-call and part time workers for the new Nugget Event Center in downtown Sparks. The Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, May 1 in the second floor Cascade rooms at the Nugget from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The new amphitheater is scheduled to open Saturday, June 15 with Toby Keith as the first performer and the Nugget is now hiring for a variety of positions including on-call and part-time ushers, security staff, bartenders, bar backs, ticket scanners and more. Employees hired to work in the brand new facility will not only assist guests, but will be able to hear top-level performers while getting paid!

Human Resources will also be hiring and interviewing for full time open positions available property-wide at the Nugget. Applicants should bring resumes and be prepared to interview. For information go to nuggetcareers.com or call 888-868-4438 and ask for Human Resources.

Several concerts and events are scheduled for the summer season at the Nugget Event Center including Chris Young July 6, Hank Williams Jr. August 3 and Lady Antebellum August 17. There will also be exciting free admission shows like Ruthie Foster for Artown, July 11, and several performers during Hot August Nights, The Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off and more!

 

 

 

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Nugget Casino Resort Announces New Entertainment Venue

For Immediate Release 1/29/19

The Nugget Announces Construction of a New Entertainment and Event Venue

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Marnell Gaming, owner of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada officially announced construction of a brand new entertainment and event amphitheater across from the Nugget, on the former Bourbon Square site. The new event center will feature seating for more than 8,500 guests and expected project completion is June, 2019. The facility was approved by unanimous vote of the Sparks Planning Commission January 3.

“This new amphitheater is another step in Marnell Gaming’s commitment to reinvest not only in the Nugget, but downtown Sparks,” said Anthony Marnell III. “It will give the Nugget the ability to bring even more top name entertainment to Sparks for locals and visitors to enjoy.”

The Nugget has booked Country superstar Toby Keith to perform as the first act in the new center June 15, 2019. Hank Williams, Jr. is scheduled to perform August 3 followed by Lady Antebellum, August 17. More “A” list acts are expected to book soon. Tickets for the acts will be announced and available on the Nugget’s website pending final confirmation.

Marnell Gaming built a similar project, the Laughlin Event Center, in southern Nevada, adjacent to two hotel casinos formerly owned by the company, the Colorado Belle and Edgewater. “We saw great, positive impacts with the Laughlin Event Center and look forward to excellent results in Sparks.” Marnell said.

The Nugget Event Center is the latest project by Marnell Gaming, which has already invested more than $50 million in property-wide upgrades and renovations at the Nugget, including a complete remodeling of the Resort west tower hotel rooms, convention center, casino, atrium pool, fitness center and the new Game On restaurant.

 

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 nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, multiple 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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Ultimate Guide to the 2018 Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

The Ultimate Guide to the 30th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

 

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The 30th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off will run Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3, 2018 on Victorian Square at the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada. The barbecue, music and craft festival is open from 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission, parking and entertainment are free!

 

“We have 23 of the country’s best rib cookers at this year’s event and we’re excited to welcome three new cookers,” said Nugget Vice President of Marketing, Bobbie Beuchat. “This is one of the most prestigious BBQ competitions in the country and we’re looking forward to a great festival!”

 

A massive amount of pork ribs are served at the event with more than 240,000 pounds of ribs prepared for hungry crowds. The Cook-Off hosts a wide variety of activities at the event, including a carnival area with rides, a huge arts & crafts festival and top-notch entertainment, not to mention the best barbecue in the country. All the elements come together to draw hundreds of 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 $19,500 and the title of “Best in the West” – a designation many cookers consider to be the ultimate prize in high-volume, competitive barbecue. 

 

In 2017, Chicago BBQ Company of Burr Ridge, IL, took home the title of “Best in the West.” Second place went to Uncle Bub’s barbecue team from Westmont, IL, and Aussom Aussie, from Pittsburgh, PA, won 3rd place. The 2017 People’s Choice Award was claimed by Back Forty Texas Barbecue House, Pleasant Hill, CA and Best Sauce also went to Uncle Bub’s.

  

The 23 rib cookers at the 30th annual 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); Blazin’ Bronco BBQ (Port St. Lucie, FL); 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); Just North of Memphis (Minneapolis, MN); Montana Q Bar-B-Que (Frenchtown, Montana); Paleo Nick’s (Reno, NV); Porky Chicks BBQ (Fayetteville, AR); 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).

 

This year’s three new competitors are Blazin’ Bronco BBQ from Port St. Lucie, Florida; Paleo Nick’s from Reno, NV; Porky Chicks BBQ from Fayateville, AR.

 

 

Entertainment:

The Nugget Casino Resort will welcome many talented musicians to be a big part of the celebration. All the entertainment is provided free-of-charge.

 

Main Stage Entertainment:

(Sponsored by ZYN Tobacco free nicotine pouches)

 

Wednesday, August 29th:

Colt Ford – 7:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 30th:

Mark McGrath – 7:00 p.m. 

 

Friday, September 31st:

Joe Diffie – 7:00 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 1st:

10,000 Maniacs – 7:00 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 2nd:

Jana Kramer – 7:00 p.m.

 

Monday, September 3rd:

Blind Melon – 3:00 p.m.

 

Plaza Stage Entertainment:

(Sponsored by Floor & Décor)

 

Wednesday, August 29th:

Greg Golden Band – 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Buddy Emmer Band – 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 30th:

Musicole – 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

John Dawson Band – 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

 

Friday, September 31st:

Whiskey Preachers – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Kingfinger – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Audio Sky – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Saturday, September 1st:

Rick Hammond Band – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Decoy – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Garage Boys – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Sunday, September 2nd:

Treedom Band – 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Milton Merlos – 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Jakes Garage Band – 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

 

Monday, September 3rd:

Delta Cat – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rib Cook-Off Awards Ceremony – 2:00 p.m.

 

Shuttle Service:

For quick, convenient access, there will be two free shuttles to and from the event.

204 EDISON WAY, RENO – Corner of Mill Street and Edison Way - SHUTTLE STOP
Shuttles supplied by All West Coachlines:

Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31:
• 1 shuttle 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• 2 more shuttles 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 3

Saturday, September 1 to Sunday, September 2:
• 3 shuttles 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 3

Monday, September 3: Event Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• 2 shuttles 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 2

RSCVA PARKING LOT C – Near Kietzke Lane and Peckham Lane - SHUTTLE STOP
Shuttles supplied by All West Coachlines:

Wednesday, August 29 to Friday, August 31: Event Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• 1 shuttle 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• 1 more shuttle 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
• Total Shuttles: 2

Shuttles will take event goers to the RTC Centennial Plaza, near Victorian and 14th, just steps away from all the action!

Offsite Oversized Vehicle Parking is available during the Rib Cook-Off at the 204 Edison Way address above with shuttle service as noted.

Kids’ Area:

Children will delight in an array of rides and activities.  The kids’ area will be located with craft vendors on the corner of 14th Street & Victorian Avenue, and will include games and exciting rides for kids of all ages. Ride tickets will be available for purchase just outside the kids’ area.

 

People’s Choice Award Voting

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be held online! Attendees can vote for their favorite rib cookers by visiting the official Rib Cook Off website at www.nuggetribcookoff.com and then clicking on the “Vote Here” link. Voting begins on Wednesday, August 29th at 10:30 a.m. and ends on Sunday, September 2nd at 9:00 p.m. Participants may vote once per day, with a valid email address. The winner will be announced on Monday, September 3rd at 2:00 pm on the Plaza Stage.

 

Website/Social Media:

Get updates during the event!

Website: www.nuggetribcookoff.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nuggetribs

Twitter: @nuggetribs

Instagram: @nuggetribs

Use the official hashtag #NuggetRibs.

 

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

Please note, event and information subject to change.

 

Thank you to our valued sponsors: City of Sparks, Floor & Décor, Morrey Distributing-Budweiser, Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority, ZYN Tobacco-Free Nicotine Pouches,

Labor Works, Cerveza Pacifico Clara, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Coca-Cola,

Clos Du Bois Wine, Ravage Wine, Go RVing, Scheels.

  

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 nearly 1,400 guestrooms, 110,000 square feet of meeting space, multiple 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

 

Event Photos Available at:

https://nuggetcasinoresort.smugmug.com/Events/Rib-Cook-Off/

2017 Rib Cook-Off Winners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:  Caddie Dufurrena
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
775.764.8924
Caddie.Dufurrena@marnellgaming.com
 
The Chicago BBQ Company
Takes First Place at the 29th Annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – First place honors at the 2017 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada went to the Chicago BBQ Company from Burr Ridge, IL. 22 of the country’s top competitive, large volume barbecue teams competed for the coveted first place prize at the event. This is the 29th year of the six-day event, heralded as the most prestigious and popular rib cooking competition in the nation.
 
This year’s first place winner, Chicago BBQ Company, is owned by Tom Ferguson, and is a BBQ expert. Tom had a vision of creating Chicago’s ultimate BBQ experience, after retiring from owning a chain of Italian restaurants in suburban Chicagoland. In 1985, Tom started competing in national Rib Cook-Offs.  Then in 1986, the Chicago BBQ Company won the title of The Best Ribs in the World at the Richmond World Invitational Rib Cook-Off and the awards started flowing in.  With over 300 national and local awards, Tom is still going strong.  He also has the bragging rights of winning over ten awards at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook Off.  
 
The top five winners for 2017 are:
First place: Chicago BBQ Company, Burr Ridge, IL $10,000
Second place: Uncle Bub’s, Westmont, IL: $5,000
Third place: Aussom Aussie, Pittsburg, PA: $2,000
Fourth Place: Carson City BBQ, Carson City, NV: $1,000
Fifth Place: Austin’s Texas Lightning BBQ, Burr Ridge, IL:  $500
Best Sauce: Uncle Bub’s, Westmont, IL: $500
People’s Choice: Back Forty Texas Barbecue, Pleasant Hill, CA: $500
 
While bragging rights, a trophy and the prize money are great benefits for the winners, they also generally see increased sales at the event the next year.
 
The 30th annual Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off is scheduled for Wednesday, August 29 through Monday, September 3, 2018. For reservations, and event information call (800) 648-1177 or (775) 356-3300.
 
For more information, visit NuggetRibCookOff.com and NuggetCasinoResort.com.
 
Thank you to 2017’s Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off sponsors, including the City of Sparks, Floor & Décor, RSCVA, Home Depot, Modelo, Northern Nevada Toyota Dealers, Budweiser and Morrey Distributing, Coca-Cola, Patron, Seaboard Foods, ITS Logistics, 103.7 The River, 106.9 More FM, KRNV News Channel 4, KRXI Fox 11, US Foods, Safeway, Wells Fargo, Model Dairy and K-BUL 98.1,
 
 
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, seven 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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