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After 20 Years Ribfest Ends in Sioux Falls

photo by Danny V
photo by Danny V

According to a press release by SMG Sioux Falls, Ribfest is calling it quits.

Thanking it’s sponsors, volunteers, artists, and rib enthusiasts, Terry Torkildson, General Manager of SMG Sioux Falls, said it was a difficult decision and has cited “limited  resources” as the main reason they will no longer produce the annual event.

RibFest enjoyed many successes over the past 20 years thanks to the thousands of patrons who attended, the incredible rib vendors from across the country, strong sponsor support, and the tireless effort of our staff. While it was a difficult decision to make, we are pleased that the event provided many great memories over the past two decades for the region.”

RibFest began in the parking lot of the Sioux Falls Arena back in 1998. 

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Local favorite Kory and the Fireflies was an early staple on the concert line up. Over the years, many national acts took part in the annual “kick-off to summer” in Sioux Falls, including .38 Special, Loverboy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Joan Jett, Kansas, Survivor, Soul Asylum, Night Ranger, and in recent years Rick Springfield, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bush, and Cheap Trick.

Ribfest 2017 featured Kory and the Fireflies followed by Johnny Holms.

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