Hudson Valley RibFest 2016

ar-160819814With Labor Day fast approaching, there are only a few weeks to enjoy a summer barbecue, so don’t pass up the chance to sink your teeth into the Hudson Valley RibFest this weekend at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.

The event takes place Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ribfest is actually three events in one. It’s a food festival, a music festival and a sanctioned barbecue contest in which the winners can advance to the national finals in Kansas City.

Some 60 teams will be pitting their barbecuing skills against one another in the competition. Along with bragging rights, there will also be $8,500 in prize money to go along with a berth in the national finals.

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