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Ribfest kicks off 20th rockin' year in St. Pete

12:42 PM, Nov 14, 2008   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida -- With two rows of barbecue booths, two concert stages, a kids' zone, and even a job and training fair, Ribfest is making its 20th year bigger than any other.

The event's theme is "Rockin' Ribs -- Helping Kids" and the event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for various children's charities in Tampa Bay.

Gates open at 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The event runs until the headlining band leaves the stage each night.

- Styx plays around 8:30 on Friday

- The Doobie Brothers take the stage around 8:30 on Saturday

- Asia will perform on Sunday afternoon, followed by the event's closing act, Little River Band

Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., Southern Living Magazine will be putting on barbecue cooking demonstrations.  Engines will be revving at Saturday's classic car show and Sunday's motorcycle show.

Click here for online ticket information and ordering.

Tickets are $15 at the gate, and advance $10 tickets are available at Wireless Toyz stores until noon Friday.  Kids 12 and under get in free.

The money raised at the event goes toward a variety of children's causes through the Northeast Exchange Club.  In its 20 years, Ribfest has raised more that $2.6 million to help kids.

This year's profits will be donated to help build the new All Children's Hospital building, to fund child abuse prevention programs, for Americanism programs in schools, and to support other kid-related projects.

What you can't bring: outside food or drinks, coolers, pets, professional cameras, as well as audio or video recording equipment.

What you can bring: blankets, lawn chairs, and an appetite.

Click here to link to the Ribfest website for more on the event.

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