Rib Fest 2017

SAVE THE DATE: July 29th, 2017

Country hit-maker Collin Raye

Arkansas native Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990's. With 24 top ten records, 16 number-one hits, and being a 10-time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), ths electrifying performer remains one of the great voices of our time. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as "Love, Me," "In This Life," "Not That Different" and "If I Were You." Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as "My Kind Of Girl," "That's My Story," "I Can Stll Feel You," "I Want You Bad," and "Little Red Rodeo." In 2017, Raye is embarking on his The Big 25 Tour, commemorating his 25th year in the industry.

Also performing at Rib Fest will be former "The Voice" contestant Tim Mahoney. To date, Mahoney has sold more than 100,000 units of his various releases between a solo career and his part as a member of The Blue Meenies.

Prairie Rose Band has been a staple of the local country music scene for many years, and is also joining the entertainment lineup at Rib Fest 2017.

Festivities kick off at 1pm, and the day's schedule will also include children's activities (kids under 17 get in free), a bean bag tournament, and more. B's on the River's food wagon, featuring mini donuts, cheese curds, popcorn, pulled pork sandwiches and more will also be available.

A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the local communities.

Backyard BBQ Rib Contest

Our Backyard BBQ Rib Contest is a fun rib cooking contest (limited number of cooking spaces available). Cooks will prepare 10 full racks of ribs, all furnished by B's on the River. This is an opportunity for you to show your rib cooking skills off! The cooks furnish seasonings and sauce, along with serving up their tasty ribs to guest tasters. Your ribs will be judged first by KCBS (Kansas City Barbeque Society) certified judges and then by our guest tasters.

-Backyard BBQ Contest Rules

-Backyard BBQ Contest Registration Form

General Pricing

Tickets are available for purchase via the link below or at B's on the River, 1455 County Road 27, Watertown, MN. General Admission tickets will be sold the day of Rib Fest.

General Admission: $15/person (18years and up). Includes entry to all band performances. 17years old and uner Free

VIP Tickets: $75/person. Includes General Admission, Reserved Seating for all band performances, 1 Meal Ticket for Private Rib & Chicken Buffet, Private Restrooms and 1 Complimentary Drink.

All You Can Eat Rib & Chicken Buffet: Adults $15, Kids 9 & Under $12

Rib Tasting Kit: $15

Click here to purchase purchase tickets.


Primitive camping (no electrical or water hook-ups) is available at B's on the River Rib Fest 2017. $35/site. One sleeping unit (ie, camper or tent) and one vehicle per site is allowed. Campsites must be reserved by July 22, 2017 and will not be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event. Fires are not allowed.


1:00pm     Gates Open

                 Food Wagon Opens

                 Kids Events Begin

1:30pm     Polka Band TBD (under tent)

2:00pm     Bean Bag Tournament Registration Begins

2:30pm     Bean Bag Tournament Begins

3:00pm     Rib Contest Turn In

3:30pm     Rib Tasting Kits Go On Sale

4:30pm     Prairie Rose Band (main stage)

                 All You Can Eat Rib & Chicken Buffet Opens: Until Gone

6:00pm     Rib Contest Winner Announced

7:45pm     Tim Mahoney (main stage)

10:00pm   Collin Raye (main stage)

11:15pm    Fireworks    

Hotel Accomodations

Waconia AmericInn Lodge & Suits: 550 Cherry Drive Waconia, MN 55387 (952) 442-8787  *Call today to book your room and use B's Rib Fest as your reference. Or book your room online and use code BSRIBFES

Cab Services

Christie Cab (763) 913-4889               Cab Co-op (763) 568-4116

We are partnering with Randy's Envirnmental Service to make this event zero waste by using all compostable products

Thank You to all of our Sponsors:

Fobbe Electric, Mikie's Landscaping, Gallus Painting, MBE, Randy's Environmental Services, Kohl's Dairy, Bursch Brothers Sand & Gravel, Vanderlinde Group RE/Max Edge, Anchor Plastics, Class Act Outdoor Furnace, K-Way Express, Rocket Crane, Hecksel Machine Welding & Fabricating and Reinhart Foods

Disclaimers: B’s on the River/Rib Fest is not responsible for lost or stolen tickets, personal injury, or loss, theft, or damage to personal property. By attending Rib Fest, you acknowledge and agree your photo may be used in future promotional materials, including but not limited to social media. B’s on the River/Rib Fest has the right to inspect persons or parcels. Chairs, food, beverage or coolers may not be brought into the music area. Must be 21 or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages in any event area.  Violators will be ejected. Please carry a picture ID with you at all times. No audio or video recording of any kind is permitted. No refunds for anyone ejected for rules violations. Call for handicap accommodations. Rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Artists subject to change without notice.  Firearms are not premitted anyware on B's on the River property.