It's time for Rock 'n Ribs, our club's signature fundraising project
The 16th annual Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival is April 24 - 25 at the Ozarks Empire Fairgrounds. Several additions to the event will make it one of the premier special events in the Ozarks this year.
New this year is a second stage. The two stages will host area bands on Friday night and Saturday. Twenty-three bands will play between the two stages. Popular acts include Candy Coburn, Members Only, Mark Chapman Band and Machine Gun Symphony.
Also new this year, is the addition of a second Texas Holdem’ Poker Tournament on Friday evening and an expanded Kids Zone, which will be moved inside to the E*Plex.
Cost for general admission to the festival is $10 per person at the festival gates. Tickets may be purchased before April 24 for $8 at more than 40 Kum & Go locations citywide.
The Rotary Clubs of Springfield donated $140,000 in 2014 from Rock 'n Ribs. They've donated more than $1.4 million since its inception in 2000. The funding provides professionally supported programs and services to disadvantaged and at-risk children in our community. All proceeds benefit seven local children’s charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great Circle, Boy Scouts of America, Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Harmony House, Ronald McDonald Tooth Truck, and the YMCA.
For more information and to find out how you can be a part of this year’s festival, go to www.rocknribs.com . Volunteers and sponsorships are needed. For questions about being a volunteer, contact John Wilson at (417) 315-6138. For questions about being a sponsor, call Scott Gibbins at (417) 631-1601.
The Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival is a non-profit organization that supports “The Children of the Ozarks” with the assistance of community leaders from five Springfield Rotary Clubs.
Hy-Vee is the presenting sponsor.