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  • RoundAbout Madison to sponsor Madison Ribberfest Backyard BBQ Blast

    RoundAbout Madison to sponsor Madison Ribberfest Backyard BBQ Blast
    July 1, 2021 | Madison IN… The Madison Ribberfest will welcome a new sponsor this year for its amateur barbecue cooking event when blues and barbecue lovers descend on the Madison, Indiana riverfront on Aug. 20-21, for the 19th annual festival.
    RoundAbout Madison, the 22-year-old free, regional, monthly, arts and entertainment newspaper based in Madison, will serve as the title sponsor. It replaces the Madison Courier, which relinquished its sponsorship in February 2020 after having sponsored the event since the festival’s inception in 2001.  RoundAbout Madison is owned by Donald L. Ward, a Trimble County, Ky., native who founded the newspaper in 1999. The newspaper serves a 12-county region ­– all within 50 miles of Madison. The coverage area includes six Indiana counties and six Kentucky counties, with 100 racks located in stores, restaurants, hotels, state parks and casinos. The newspaper features previews of upcoming events and festivals as well as profile of artists, authors and speakers. RoundAbout Madison also produces the annual Madison Ribberfest Guide, which is also free to readers. The current and 22-year archive of stories and information can be found at the company’s website: www.RoundAboutMadison.com or www.RoundAbout.bz.
    The RoundAbout Madison Backyard BBQ Blast is scheduled to kick off the two-day festival on Friday, Aug. 20, along Vaughn Drive just east of the festival gate. The amateur cooking competition has grown over the years and produced several pro cooking teams to the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) -sanctioned competition. The 30-plus amateur teams are judged Friday evening, with the winners announced on the Craig Toyota Blues Bash stage later that night.  The KCBS pro teams, meanwhile, start cooking Friday evening and throughout the night and are judged Saturday morning. In addition, the Kidz-“Q” will take place Saturday morning for up-and-coming young competitors. Applications for all competitions are available online at www.MadisonRibberfest.com.
    In addition to the amateur and pro cooking competitions taking place at Madison Ribberfest, the Craig Toyota Blues Bash will feature nationally renowned blues bands on stage Friday night and all afternoon and Saturday evening, culminating with the headline act, Tab Benoit.  Friday’s musical lineup features the Ghost Town Blues Band, followed by The Reverend Shawn Amos & the Brotherhood and then headliner John Mayall. On Saturday, the music starts with Madison-based The Famous Amy Noel Band, followed by The RevelatorsJay Jesse Johnson and The Joe Louis Walker Band with Special Guest Bruce Katz. Then Shemekia Copeland will take the stage just prior to headliner Benoit.
    Presale wristbands are on sale now online, at the Visit Madison Visitors Center, 601 W. 1st Street, and other select locations, for $30 with $10 in food coupons* through Aug. 1st.  Advance tickets will be $30* (without food coupons) from Aug. 2nd through Aug. 19th. On Aug. 20th & 21st wristbands are $35* at Gate and online, good for both days. *Credit card fees may apply. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult. Watch our website www.madisonribberfest.com, and social media for event updates. For details see The Rest of the Fest tab.