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39th Annual Rib, White & Blue Festival July 2 July 5


South Main Street, Downtown Akron, Ohio

City of Akron Press Release
From the desk of stephanie york
Published: 06-24-2014

                    Akron, OH (June 24, 2014) - The City of Akron and Metro PCS present Rib White and Blue!  Akron's National Rib Festival, July 2nd through the 5th on South Main Street in downtown Akron. Admission is free all 4 days. Gates open at 11am each day.

          This year, twelve rib vendors from 7 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, Ohio and Tennessee. Vendors include:

 Big Boned BBQ: Hixson, Tennessee

 Carolina Rib King: Moore, South Carolina

 Texas Pit BBQ: Magnolia, Texas

 Sticky Ribs BBQ: Magnolia, Texas

 Cowboy's BBQ & Rib Company: Fort Worth, Texas

 Pig Foot BBQ: Mentor, Ohio

 Pigtails BBQ Company: West Salem, Ohio

 BBQ Masters: Atlanta, Georgia

 Kentucky Smokehouse BBQ: Louisville, Kentucky

 Porky Chicks: Fayetteville, Arkansas

 The Overlook: Kent, Ohio

 Jack on the Bone: Massillon, Ohio

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 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, The Eagles and The Beatles; plus The Akron Symphony Orchestra will perform a July 4th pops concert ending with the City of Akron’s official fireworks finale in conjunction with the Akron Rubber Ducks at 9:45 p.m. Music Schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, July 2:

          Bruce in the USA, The Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band with    Zach and the Bright Lights.

 Thursday, July 3:

          Hotel California, A Tribute to The Eagles with Roger Hoover and The Hurt

Friday, July 4:

          The Akron Symphony Pops Concert with Brass Band of the Western Reserve           and Alex Bevan.

          Fireworks Finale in conjunction with The Akron RubberDucks at 9:45 P.M.

Saturday, July 5:

          1964 The Tribute with The Speedbumps and The Brothers Gecht Band             


          There will also be inflatables for children, and the “Magical Train” will be doing tours of the Towpath along the canal. 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 2014 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 Cascade Auto Group, Metro PCS, Coca Cola, Hilton Hotels, The University of Akron, G. Stephens Construction, Miller Rental, HFA Advertising, Downtown Akron Partnership, Miller Light, Miller Fortune and Rubber City Harley Davidson.

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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