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40th Annual Rib, White & Blue Festival July 1st July 4th on South Main Street in Downtown Akron, Ohio


City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-26-2015

The City of Akron presents Rib White and Blue, Akron's National Rib Festival, July 1st through the 4th on South Main Street in downtown Akron. Admission is free all 4 days, and gates open at 11am.

This year, twelve rib vendors from 6 states vie for cash prizes and bragging rights in the “Best Of” competition. The masters of the barbeque are coming from Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas and Ohio. Vendors include:


Texas Pit BBQ: Texas

Sticky Ribs BBQ: Texas

Pig Foot BBQ: Ohio

Carolina Rib King: South Carolina

Big Boned BBQ: South Carolina

Cowboy's BBQ: Texas

Pig Tails BBQ: Ohio

Kentucky Smokehouse BBQ: Kentucky

BBQ Master: Georgia

Porky Chicks BBQ: Arkansas

Jack on the Bone BBQ: Ohio

Texas Smokehouse BBQ: Texas


In addition to barbecue, the festival also features the following other vendors:


The Pierogi Lady (pierogis and sausages)

Hatties Bakery (baked goods)

Judy's Concessions (sausage/steak sandwich, fries cheese, bloomin’ onions)

Quaker Corp Concessions (funnel cake, birch beer)

Gift Concessions (fries, roasted corn, lemonade, ice cream)

Otterbacher Concessions (candy apples, pop corn, cotton candy)



Music from Lock 3’s Akron General Stage during the 4-day festival features tributes to Led Zeppelin, Bob Seger and Fleetwood Mac; plus The Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform a July 4th pops concert ending with the City of Akron’s official fireworks finale at 9:45 p.m. The music schedule is as follows:


Wednesday July 1

ZOSO The Ultimate Zed Zeppelin Experience with Joe Vitale Jr.


Thursday July 2

Hollywood Nights, The Ultimate Tribute to Bob Seger with The Juke Hounds


Friday July 3

Fleetwood Mix, A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac with JiMiller Band


Saturday July 4

Akron Symphony Orchestra with Freedom Brass Band and Alex Bevan             


There will also be inflatables for children. Rides are available by purchasing tickets at the site.


For complete details visit For a complete list of Lock 3 concerts visit



Notes About The Festival and Concerts


•The Rib, White & Blue Festival is on South Main Street between University and Bowery Streets and this part of Main Street will be closed off to traffic.


•Parking is FREE after 6pm and on weekends at all city owned parking decks and lots plus the Summit County deck on South High Street.


•Handicapped parking is available at the State Street deck, which has an elevator to the Lock 3 level, or at Cascade Plaza, where handicapped parking is available by entering at Mill Street and following the ramp up to Lock 4 (parking level 2, Orange)


•South Main Street will be closed Wednesday night between Exchange and Market for the fireworks show. Traffic should enter downtown via Route 59, Dart Avenue, Bowery or Mill Streets.


Sponsors Make Free Entertainment Possible


Lock 3 entertainment in 2015 is supported by a grant from the John S. and James L Knight Foundation. The stage sponsor is Akron General Health System.


Rock the Lock concerts on Fridays are sponsored by WONE Radio.


Other sponsors include Metro PCS, Coca Cola, Hilton Garden Inn of Akron, G. Stephens Construction, Miller Rental, Downtown Akron Partnership, and Miller Light.


Editors: For interview opportunities and photos please contact Maria Nagel at 330-441-2493 or [email protected]

For further information, contact:
Maria Nagel
Phone: 330-441-2493
E-mail: [email protected]

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