Trip report- Madison Ribberfest, August 19th.
Madison is about an hour up river from our home and despite being Northeast of us, It falls victim to the Indiana Time Zone thing, so it is an hour behind us (EST), or Slow Time as it is called here. (We are on 'Fast Time or EDT or Louisville Time...or daylite!)
Anyway we did the nice rural drive up to Madison yesterday. The RibberFest is a 2 day Blues and BBQ festival that is growing rapidly each year. This year the weather was Hot and Humid! That didn't seem to keep the people away!
The actual BBQ competition is one of the better ones I have attended. In addition to the usual venders row, and the competition area for those on the Pro-Circuit, there is a parking lot measured off for the "Backyard BBQ Competition" That is a scaled down version of the major competitors game. For a $20 entry fee almost anyone can enter to win trophies, bragging rights, and smaller cash prizes. The best part of the Backyard Competition is that the groups involved can and DO hand out samples of their entries to the public.
Here are the "Little Folks" at work in the Backyard Competition area-
We enjoyed the walk around of that area munching on samples of brisket, chicken, pulled pork and even individual ribs! The cooking crews really went out of their way to give out Samples!
Thinking of BT, we also scarfed up a fresh Funnel Cake (Plain--They had Chocolate covered, and fruit topped also)
Then we set up the lawn chairs in the shade and enjoyed an evening of Blues under a full moon!
This turned out to be a warm but pleasant day, with more BBQ than I had counted on...the venders didn't make money on us, 'cept for the Funnel Cake and some ice Cream later in the evening. I figure (at vender prices) we ate about $25 dollars worth of samples !!