No matter how you spell it – barbeque, barbecue or BBQ – it all tastes delish! So don’t miss Madison RibberFest: Barbeque and Blues Aug. 16-17. Gates open at 5 p.m. that Friday and 11 a.m. that Saturday.

The riverfront in Madison will be rocking to the soulful sound of blues and the smoky aroma of barbecue for the 18th annual event along the scenic Ohio River. It features nine regional and national blues bands, barbecue competitions and boat rides.

The fan favorite was a 2016 Award Winner for Best of Indiana – Best Music Festival.

Friday night kicks off at 6 p.m. with the Laurie Jane & the 45’s followed by Wee Willie Walker and the We “R” Band and ending with headliner Mike Zito. On Saturday, music starts with Louisville’s own Big Poppa Stampley & Voodou Gumbo at 11:30 a.m. followed by Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Shawn Pittman, Altered Five Blues Band, Indigenous and headliner Tommy Castro and the Painkillers with special guest Magic Dick.

Barbecue lovers get to see over 45 professional teams from around the country compete in the Indiana State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off for cash and prizes and a chance to represent Indiana at the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s world championship. On Friday, there’s a Backyard BBQ Blast cooking competition for amateurs and a Kidz “Q” for the youngsters on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

Riverboat cruises on the Queen City paddlewheeler will return, a 5K RibberRun/Ride on Saturday morning, the Pig Toss Cornhole Tournament and the Piglet Pen children’s play area with inflatables, a magician and free face painting round out the offerings for a great family weekend.

Additional camping is available in Madison again this year. In addition to camping at Clifty Falls State Park, there will be camping at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Spots will again be $15 per night with water and electric. Showers will be available. For more information, call Lonnie at 812-265-8919.

These items will not be allowed into the gate: coolers, food, beverages, pets, umbrellas, canopies, golf carts, bikes, roller blades, skates and hula hoops.

Two-day wristbands are $30 through Aug. 14 at or 800-559-2956. Children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

Two-day wristbands cost $35 at the gate.

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