Nebraska Ribfest

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BBQ vendors will be serving the public on Thursday, August 5 from 5-11pm and Fri-Sat Aug 6–7 from 1-11pm in the Attraction Zone on the north side of the fairgrounds. Full-service liquor bar and ample seating will be available in the adjacent beer garden and shade tent.

In addition to enjoying world-class BBQ offerings not available in the area year-round, visitors of all ages will be steps away from other free and low-cost fair entertainment. See what's new in 2021! 

Full list of participating vendors coming soon!

 

 

Participating BBQ Vendors

     

Blazin' Bronco BBQ

After 30 years in national competition, the National BBQ Cooking Team, Blazin Bronco, has gained notoriety and a reputation for excellence. As a result, they are considered visionaries, and are consistently imitated, for their booth designs, marketing concepts, and BBQ food trailers. Blazin Bronco exemplifies the spirit of the National Rib Cook-offs and brings exciting new energy, recipes, and products to each event. Their BBQ has earned them a continuous spot on the Food Channel and many other BBQ appearances on national TV. The record shows that extra care is always taken in all of Blazin Bronco's food preparation with service being their top priority. At Blazin Bronco, recipes are adapted to reflect regional variances in eating patterns and preferences, and only the best makes it to the plate. That’s one of the reasons Blazin Bronco has enjoyed a generous amount of good press and television coverage.

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Blazin Bronco BBQ stand

Cowboys BBQ & Rib Company

Cowboys BBQ & Rib Co. is a nationally recognized award-winning Bar-B-Que competition team with over 32 years of dreams and wisdom. Cowboy’s is operated out of Fort Worth TX by Enrique and Lauren Vega. Cowboys has won over 450 National Titles to date for “Best Ribs” “Best Sauce” “People’s Choice” and more. Cowboys is still traveling over 10,000 miles a year competing from Fargo ND, to Pittsburgh, PA and everyone in between.

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Howling Coyote BBQ

The Howling Coyote cooking team has competed in and won many prestigious national and international cook-offs. The team has over 60 years of combined professional cooking experience. Their equipment is NSF approved and can produce close to 4,000 lbs. of ribs a day. Their management team is Restaurant Sanitation certified and receives the highest marks from Health Department inspectors. They are equipped to serve small or very large events. They have participated in events with attendance upwards of 500,000.

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Live Music Entertainment

Thursday, August 5th

 

   

UnCovered

Classic Rock Band
5:30pm–7pm

UnCovered is a Lincoln-based Classic Rock band playing 60's, 70's, and 80's music. The band plays popular tunes as well as some that are not covered by other bands...thus the name "unCovered".

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4 On The Floor Omaha

Rock, Country, Pop, and Funk
7:30pm–9pm

4 On The Floor Omaha is a band that plays a high-energy blend of rock, country, pop, and funk that is specifically designed to DRIVE you to the dance floor.

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Simplicated

Variety Cover Band
9:30pm–11pm

Simplicated is an Omaha-based band that plays music from the 60’s to today with a mix of rock, pop, country, and more! Fun music and good memories are what this band is all about. After all it isn’t complicated, it is Simplicated.

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Friday, August 6th

 

   

The Lightning Bugs

Jazz & Swing
5:30pm–7pm

Featuring Steve Hanson (guitars & vocals), Jim Pipher (bass & vocals) and Reynold Peterson (percussion & vocals). The Bugs are a vocal jazz trio playing “Moonbeam Swing” inspired by groups such as The Mills Brothers and the Inkspots. The Bugs newest recording is entitled “Glow” and is now available.

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The Lightning Bugs Band

 

No Direction

Old Time Rock & Roll
7:30pm–9pm

No Direction Nebraska Cover Band is a Lincoln-area band that started September 22, 2015. The band plays a variety of music from 1950's to today, including old-time Rock and Roll, Country and Classic Rock.

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No Direction Nebraska Cover Band

 

Pioneer Band

Pop, Rock, and Folk
9:30pm–11pm

Pioneer Band is obsessed with creating good times and even better music! The band is comprised of six friends pioneering an original sound inspired by pop, rock, and folk genres.

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Saturday, August 7th

 

   

Pioneer Band

Pop, Rock, and Folk
5:30pm–7pm

Pioneer Band is obsessed with creating good times and even better music! The band is comprised of six friends pioneering an original sound inspired by pop, rock, and folk genres.

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Pioneer Band

 

South of Center

Variety
7:30pm–9pm

Based in Omaha, Nebraska, South of Center is a band that plays both originals and covers spanning all decades and genres.

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Bucka Ruse

Nebraska Country
9:30pm–11pm

Blending new with old, playing familiar covers and originals so catchy you'll walk away with them stuck in your head; these three are a Nebraska small town gem putting their stamp on everything they play and working to put their own brand of Nebraska Country on the map.

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