20th Annual

Ribs Rods & Rock n' Roll!   

Friday September 6th and Saturday September 7th, 2024!   

Bands have been announced! Rock and Roll all night long!!!
New in 2024

- Wing War competition, featuring local restaurant's
-Backyard BBQ competition
- Craft Beer Adult Games Area
-  Pickleball Tournament 
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Volunteer Opportunities

Friday - Tasks and time needs (shift are two hours)
  • Gate Entrance watcher - 7am to 10am, needs = 8
  • Event Set-up, beginning at 8am, needs = 30
  • Beverage distribution - 4:45pm to 11:30pm, needs = 15
  • Wing War - 5pm to 7:30pm, needs = 8
  • Kids Zone activities - 4:45pm to 9pm, needs = 16
  • Trash attendant - 7pm tp 9pm, need = 2
Saturday - Tasks and time needs (shifts are two hours)
  • Beverage distribution - 10am to 11:30pm, needs = 26
  • Kids Zone activities - 10am to 9pm, needs = 40
  • Trash attendant, 8am to 9am, 2pm to 3pm, 5pm to 6pm and 8pm to 9pm needs = 8
  • Event take down - 10pm to midnight, needs = 12  730th Army is committed to send some help. 
  • Send all inquiries to our email RibsVermillion@gmail.com or our Facebook page Ribs Rods & Rock n' Roll.  
  • Community groups are encouraged to request all activities for a full time slot I.E. Kids Zone from 2 to 4 on Saturday requires 8 volunteers.  :)

What is Ribs, Rods and Rock n' Roll?

A community wide event, that started as a way to celebrate the end of harvest by the forefathers of the community.  Every year after the completion of harvest the community would celebrate by barbequing ribs over hand dug pits below the bluff along the banks of the Vermillion river.  The feast was cooked using corn cobs.  The entire Vermillion community was welcome. 

The Modern day event has a KCBS sponsored BBQ cookoff, with ~30 teams from a cross the Midwest, there are also many local teams that carry on the BBQ tradition .  The event features many activities for the entire community including a Kids activity area, Cornhole tourney, 5K USMC Color run, a show and shine car show (2019 we over200 cars), many vendors including old fashion root beer, cotton candy and of course RIBS!! Last but not least music and dancing,

We have over 50 local and Corp. businesses that contribute to the even t each year.  Without all of their support the event would not exist.  Please help us thank them by visiting their establishments.

The event is held on Friday night and all day Saturday, the first weekend after Labor Day.
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Come Check Us Out!


Car/Motorcycle Show and Shine

Want to showcase your car or motorcycle?
Registration - 9am Day of the event -
Corner of Prospect and Main Street.
Contact Scott Henderson at 605-677-9198!
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