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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 http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-bbq-festival/ 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.

2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off Main Stage Lineup Announced

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Nugget Casino Resort is proud to announce the musical acts that will take the Main Stage each night at the 2016 Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off! This year’s lineup features performers all music lovers will enjoy.

“This is one of the best entertainment lineups in Nugget Rib Cook-Off history,” said Lisa Jansen, Director of Special Events and Entertainment with the Nugget Casino Resort. “We are ecstatic to feature so many different genres of music that will add to the great festival vibe found at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.“

Wednesday, August 31 - The Rocket Man Show – Elton John Tribute:
Rus Anderson performs as a young Elton John in the tribute show ‘Rocket Man,’ which is a fun night of Elton's greatest hits. With Anderson’s spot on vocals, fierce piano playing and gorgeous costumes (actually owned by Elton), the show has earned an endorsement by the official Elton John Fan Club and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Rus gives the audience an energetic and memorable night – filled with nostalgia, singing, laughing and participation! Together, they walk down the Yellow Brick Road and relive the highs and lows of Elton's long career. Remember when rock was young? You will after the show!

Thursday, September 1 – The Garage Boys:
Only a few miles from the Las Vegas strip in June of 2007, four guys that had never met rehearsed for the first time in a beat up old studio. Little did they know that seven years later, they would be hailed as one of the most exciting and sought after rock bands in Nevada. The Garage Boys are a high energy, 100 percent organic rock band.  Their unique sound reflects their influences, which include The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, Bob Marley, Sublime, Thin Lizzy, Metallica, Radiohead, Bon Jovi and Steely Dan.

Friday, September 2 – Vertical Horizon:
Founded in the early 1990s as a duo, Vertical Horizon released three albums independently and toured extensively. In 1999, Vertical Horizon signed with RCA and experienced meteoric success with “Everything You Want,” selling over two million copies. The title song captured the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 and Adult Top 40 charts, and went on the become the most played single of 2000. Having carved out a page in the annals of music history, the band also garnered further radio attention with "You're a God" (#4 on Billboard's Adult Chart) and "Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning)" which became a 2005 top 20 country hit for country star, Gary Allan.

Saturday, September 3 – Jessie James Decker:
In 2009, Jessie released her debut album featuring the hit single "Wanted." The same year, Jessie traveled to the Middle East with Kid Rock to perform for troops stationed overseas. In 2013, Jessie married NFL wide receiver Eric Decker. Their life as a couple was chronicled on the hit E! reality show Eric and Jessie: Game On. The show exposed an entirely new audience to Jessie's unfiltered personality, flirty style and relatable music. Her Comin Home EP hit number one on iTunes upon its release in April 2014 and debuted in the top 5 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart.

Sunday, September 4 – Eddie Money:
After signing a recording contract with Columbia Records, Money burst onto the scene with his eponymous debut album in 1977. Fans immediately fell in love with Money's sound, and the album, which went double platinum, featured hits like "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise." Money followed the success of his debut with a stream of Top 40 hits, as well as some of the era's most creative videos for songs like "Think I'm in Love" and "Shakin." In 1986, Money released Can't Hold Back, which featured the classic Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector, "Take Me Home Tonight." The song reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album went platinum and also featured the hit "I Wanna Go Back."

Monday, September 5 – The Original Wailers:
In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as his lead guitarist the soft spoken, American-born Al Anderson. It was Anderson's stunning lead work on such classics as "No Woman, No Cry," "Dem Belly Full" and "Curfew (Three O' Clock Road Block)" that first alerted rock fans to the Wailers' music. Over a billion dollars worth of Marley's music featuring Al Anderson's evocative guitar work has been sold worldwide. Al has also played with Peter Tosh, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steel Pulse, Aswad, Inner Circle, Traffic and Ben Harper.

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.


For more information, please visit the Official Nugget Rib Cook-Off website.

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

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off has made its way into the hearts, and stomachs, of meat lovers for the last 28 years. Now, USA Today has recognized the Sparks event as one of the best barbecue festivals in the nation. The Nugget Rib Cook-Off was one of the top 20 events nominated by BBQ experts in a quest to find USA Today’s “10Best BBQ Festivals”. Now, they need your votes to narrow the choices down!

“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! CLICK HERE  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.

New Nugget Owner to Continue Special Events

Reno/Sparks, Nevada – Marnell Gaming, the new owner of the Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada, announced that it will continue to present and promote major special events in the community including Star Spangled Sparks fireworks, Hot August Nights and the Best In The West Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

The company has big plans for the casino-resort property and special events and attractions will definitely be included.

“We intend to continue great events like Star Spangled Sparks, Hot August Nights and the Rib Cook-Off,” said Anthony Marnell III, Chairman and CEO of Marnell Gaming. “We want to keep and hopefully enhance all the events that bring people back each year.”

Two enhancements for Star Spangled Sparks this year will be a laser light show on the north face of the Nugget and a family bike parade during the day.

Marnell emphasized company values as they relate to events.

“We’re a family oriented organization and greatly value community relationships,” said Marnell. “We recognize that Nugget-hosted special events are an important part of how we interact with our neighbors and guests.”

Marnell Gaming also promotes and participates in special events at its two properties in Laughlin, Nevada. The Colorado Belle and Edgewater casino resorts take part in community-wide events including the annual Laughlin River Run motorcycle event in April and the River Regatta each August. The company owns and operates the 10,000 seat Laughlin Events Center which hosts major city sponsored concerts featuring current superstars including Miranda Lambert and Kid Rock and legends Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

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