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About the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off

The 2023 Nugget Rib Cook-Off runs from Wednesday, August 30 through Monday, September 4. Nugget Rib Cook-Off hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Nugget Rib Cook-Off is really a cooking competition between the professional barbeque teams that will also be serving ribs and fixins to the public during the event. The top rib cookers according to a team of judges receive cash prizes and trophies.

Admission to the Nugget Rib Cook-Off and parking are free. However, you can purchase tickets to the Rib Village as a treat for yourself or a group. This involves all-you-can-eat ribs from every rib vendor at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, plus side dishes, dessert, soda, water and all-you-can-responsibly drink beer and wine.

No Pets: Dogs and any other non-service animals are not permitted on Victorian Square during the Nugget Rib Cook-Off.

Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sparks, Nevada, NV
Carson City BBQ at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Photo © Stan White

Activities and Events at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off

Most things at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off involve eating barbecue ribs and enjoying various beverages. However, there are other things to see and do for all ages, including Crafter's Crossing and a big kids' area with rides and activities.

Free Entertainment at the Nugget Rib Cook-Off

There will be free entertainment every day at the 2022 Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Here is the schedule.

Main Stage Shows

  • LIT with Chad Tepper - August 30, 6 p.m.
  • Lindsay Ell - August 31, 7 p.m.
  • Collin Raye - September 1, 7 p.m.
  • Warrant and Paralandra - September 2, 6 p.m.
  • Gatlin Brothers - September 3, 7 p.m.
  • Legendary Wailers - September 4, 2 p.m.

Plaza Stage Shows

  • August 30 - House Music, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Mighty Mike Schermer, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • August 31 - DJ Kentot, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Buddy Emmer, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 1 - Jason King Band, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Valentine Rodeo, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Audioboxx, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 2 - White Water Retooled, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., DJ Jeremy McGuigan, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jelly Bread, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September 3 - DJ M Slack, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Jake's Garage Band, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sierra Roc, 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
  • September 4 - Delta Cat, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rib Cook Off Awards, 2 p.m.

Parking & Shuttles for the Nugget Rib Cook-Off

With thousands of people attending the Nugget Rib Cook-Off, parking is an issue. There is free but limited parking available in the Nugget's west parking lot and the City of Sparks parking garage next to the Galaxy Theaters and The Bridges. There is some parking in residential areas around the venue, but please be courteous to the people who live there. The better option is to ride the free shuttles.

Free shuttles are available from August 30 through September 3, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on September 4, from these locations. Shuttles run approximately every half hour.

  • Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center, 1350 N. Wells Avenue in Reno, North End Gate 3
  • Greenbrae Shopping Center, 510 Greenbrae Drive in Sparks

You can also get a free ride on the RTC RAPID Lincoln Line and Route 11 to Centennial Plaza at Victorian Square. Service will be free from August 30 - September 4, 2023.

Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Sparks, Nevada, NV
Chef working on his ribs at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Photo © Stan White

Source: Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off website.

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