Nugget Casino set to host 32nd annual Finest in the West Rib Cook dinner-Off

Right after missing final yr owing to COVID-19, the Nugget On line casino Vacation resort is web hosting the 32nd yearly Finest in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off at Victorian Sq. in Sparks.

Starting Wednesday, Sept. 1 by Monday, Sept. 6, 22 rib cookers from 14 states are established to compete in a single of the most prestigious rib festivals in the region. 

4 new rib cookers are becoming a member of this year’s levels of competition, together with nearby preferred Brothers BBQ from Reno and Major Daddy’s Sin Metropolis BBQ from Henderson.

Various of the rib cookers are returning winners, with Joey’s Texas Thunder — champions in 1992 and 1997 — remaining a yearly participant considering that the inaugural festival in 1989.

Other returning champions are 2018 and 2019 grand winner Montana Q Bar-B-Que and Back again Forty Texas barbecue, which has participated in every single Most effective in the West Nugget Rib Cook dinner-Off because 1991 and received ideal sauce in 2018 and 2019. 

“It truly is a prestigious occasion,” Nugget spokesman Randy Kennedy explained. “You question any of the rib cookers and they are going to say that as far as higher volume rib cooking, this is the largest, very best event that they all appear ahead to just about every calendar year.”

Winners will be identified at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, with $19,500 in prize dollars.

Amenities and basic safety precautions

Amenities for patrons incorporate a beer back garden and Rib Village, which characteristics an all-you-can-eat rib buffet from the rib cookers and a non-public shaded seating spot adjacent to the Principal Stage concert venue. Tickets are $105 and are almost offered out. 

Kennedy stated that nevertheless there are issues about COVID-19 and smoke from California wildfires, turnout for this year’s pageant should be fantastic dependent on ticket revenue.

“The reaction we’ve viewed so far has been overwhelmingly optimistic,” he mentioned. “The Rib Village … offered out really rapidly and if you go by that, I believe we are seeking at a great pageant.”

Kennedy reported there will be increased cleansing protocols inside of the Rib Village alongside with added hand sanitizer, gloves and masks available.

“This is an outside party, so they’re not mandated (to don masks) at this stage, but we recognize people today want to come to feel safe so we’re hoping to accommodate that to have a pleased event,” he mentioned.

Reside entertainment 

The pageant will also attribute live leisure from 7-9 p.m. on the principal phase each individual day:

  • Sept. 1: Devin Dawson
  • Sept. 2: Noah Guthrie
  • Sept. 3: 10,000 Maniacs
  • Sept. 4: Eddie Montgomery
  • Sept. 5: Uncle Kracker 
  • Sept. 6: Everlast (2-4:30 p.m.)

Inside the Nugget Functions Center, a little ones location features bounce homes and a dunk tank.

A two-working day cornhole tournament will be held in the parking lot west of Dotty’s Casino about the weekend. Participants must provide their own companion and luggage. Price to engage in is $60 for every workforce with a 70% income payout for the competitive division and a 70% prize payout for the social division. Pre-sign up at or register as a stroll-up as space permits.

Parking and avenue closures

The subsequent places will be shut from 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28 until finally 6 a.m. Wednesday:

  • Victorian Avenue, from 14th Avenue to Pyramid Highway.
  • Victorian Plaza Circle – East (11th Street) from C Road to Nugget Ave.
  • Avenue of the Oaks will be shut in front of the Galaxy theater for one particular block east and one block west.
  • Alley on the west side of the Bridges apartment setting up.
  • 10th Street from south of the alley to Victorian Avenue.
  • 9th Road north of the alley
  • Sparks Heritage Museum parking ton is closed to the general public, place out there for museum volunteers and patrons only.

Public parking is obtainable in the Nugget West Parking Ton and the Metropolis Parking Garage up coming to the Galaxy movie theater.

As parking fills up immediately just about every working day, All-West Coachlines and RTC Journey will be giving a cost-free shuttle provider from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. just about every working day and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 6.

There will be round-trip shuttles from the Reno-Sparks Livestock Activities Heart at 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno and the Greenbrae Searching Centre/Sparks Christian Fellowship at 510 Greenbrae Generate in Sparks.

The drop-off and decide on-up location for experience-share passengers will be on 13th Street between Avenue of The Oaks and Victorian Plaza Circle.

“A ton of people you should not see the logistics of what goes into putting this on because it is a enormous work,” Kennedy stated. “Normally nevertheless, everybody on the avenue goes dwelling very content and we want to keep that going.”

Observe reporter Terell Wilkins on Twitter, @terelljwilkins, phone him at 252-367-8463 or e-mail him at

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