Sun peeks out for last day of RibFestThe image of the Porky ‘N’ Beans crew packing things up Sunday afternoon at the Fargodome was a sad sight for pork lovers.
The image of the Porky ‘N’ Beans crew packing things up Sunday afternoon at the Fargodome was a sad sight for pork lovers.
But what else could the ribber do as the close of RibFest 2010 drew nigh and with “every morsel” of food they’d cooked gobbled up?
RibFest “was absolutely awesome,” Porky ‘N’ Beans owner Dennis Carrino said as he washed one of the three trucks he uses to transport his grilling operation.
Carrino’s team took the critics’ choice award again at this year’s RibFest, which kicked off Wednesday.
That makes them a “three-time champion,” Carrino said, “and loving every minute of it.”
Aussom Aussie took the People’s Choice prize.
RibFest is a weather-dependent event, and this year’s cool temps and precipitation didn’t exactly cooperate. But Carrino said that despite the rain, people still came and bought ribs.
At 45,779, this year’s attendance was down about 3,300 from 2009’s total of 49,085. In 2008, the event was open for four days and brought in 45,735. Fargodome General Manager Rob Sobolik thought the drop from 2009 to 2010 resulted from “mostly weather.”
But blue skies did make a bit of an appearance at RibFest on Sunday.
It was appreciated. One of the rib crewmen at the event could be overheard saying, “I’m going to go stand in the sun because I haven’t seen it for four days.”
The relatively pleasant weather on the last day of the event appears to have translated into attendance.
“Sunday this year was more than double last year,” Sobolik said.
Erik Lampert, a 19-year-old Fargoan, was at RibFest taking in what blue sky he could with several of his friends. But ribs weren’t on his to-do list.
“I’m a pulled-pork sandwich guy,” he said.
More specifically, he said Rasta Joe’s Jamaican pulled-pork sandwich is his favorite. Not that he has anything against ribs, but economics come into play.
“I don’t have the money to get both,” he said.
This was the 15th year for RibFest, and Sobolik said it continues to be a strong event for the Fargodome.
“I just think it’s a different event. It brings in rib cookers from around the country,” Sobolik said. “It brings in that fair food,” and it gives people a chance to get outdoors.
Given the crowds that continue to show up at RibFest, it would seem that metro residents aren’t tired of ribs.
Luckily, Porky ‘N’ Beans owner Carrino never gets sick of them.
“The day I do will be the day I retire,” he said.
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