MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – If you’re looking to sample some of the best ribs from around the country, you’ll want to be at Mystic Lake Casino in late July.

The Great Midwest Rib Festival will be at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake July 25-27 and will feature eight of the best rib cookers in the in the United States. The event will also feature an art festival with more than 100 Minnesota artists and live entertainment, including the Oak Ridge Boys.

Similar events have been previously held in downtown Minneapolis and on Harriet Island in St. Paul.

This year’s event will start July 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. It continues throughout the weekend, going from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on July 26 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 27. Admission is free and open to anyone. The winner of the best ribs, which will be decided by an eight-member panel, will get a $15,000 cash prize.

The contestants for this year’s Great Midwest Rib Fest includes barbecue from Pennsylvania, Michigan, three from Illinois, Indiana, Texas and Famous Dave’s out of Minneapolis.


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