Rib Fest 2020

Rib Fest 2022

11th annual B's on the River Rib Fest 


B's on the River has made the difficult but necessary decision not to hold Rib Fest in 2021 out of concern for the health and safety of our employees and community. We have had the pleasure of bringing artists such as Blackhawk, Collin Raye, Diamond Rio, Jo Dee Messina and more to Watertown over the past several years in addition to offering top-notch barbeque at our fun, family-style event and are looking forward to 2022 being the best Rib Fest yet.

Even though we will not be holding Rib Fest this year, we will still be offering many other ways to enjoy summer at B's on the River whether on our large outdoor patio, golf course, or through one of our summer golf and cornhole leagues. We also offer dine-in eating and Sunday brunch on a reservation-only basis as well as a comprehensive take-out menu.

For any questions, e-mail info@bontheriver.com or call (952) 955-2223.



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BOB 106 Friday Night Pre-Rib Fest Party

2022 Band TBD / B's Pork Chop Dinner

Pre-Rib Fest Info

There is no cover for the live music or to attend the Friday night festivities. The Friday night pre-Rib Fest Party will also feature the ever-popular pork chop feed plus prizes and ticket giveaways. Baumann also encourages fans to, "Camp along the Crow," and make a weekend out of it by staying at B's on the River the entire weekend.


Friday - No Cover Charge

12pm-Dusk         Accepting Camping Units

6pm-Gone          Pork Chop Dinner

7pm-10:30pm     TBD 



8am                   BBQ'rs Arrive

10am                  Cooker's Meeting

2pm                    Gates Open

2pm                    Food Truck Opens / Kids Events / Rib Tasting Kits on Sale

                             Bean Bag Registration (By Kid's Bouncy Houses)

2:30-5:30pm     TBD (Under Tent)

2:30pm              Rib Contest Turn In

2:50pm              Pick-Up Rib Tasting Kits

3pm                    Bean Bag Tournament Starts (By Kid's Bouncy Houses)

3-4:30pm          Rib Tasting Begins

4:30pm              VIP Opens

4:30pm              Rib & Chicken Buffet Line Opens

                             $15 Adults      $10 Kids 9 & Under

5-7pm                 VIP Buffet Line 

5:30-7pm            TBD

7-7:30pm            Announce Rib Contest Winner / Sponsor Recognition

7:45-9:15pm       TBD

9:45-11pm          TBD

11pm                    Fireworks

                                  No Senior or Veteran Discounts

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 wth 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 gest tasters.

2020 Ribfest Contest Entry Form

2020 Ribfest Contest Rules

*Notice of Change: Rib Contest Cookers may start cooking as soon as they receive their ribs. Ribs will be available starting at 7am Saturday.

General Pricing

VIP: Includes: Admission, private viewing area in front of the stage, private bar, All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Rib and Chicken Dinner, private seating area for dinner, 2 free drinks and private bathrooms. (*In response to guest requests, the VIP area at Rib Fest will NOT include seating in front of the stage. VIP ticket holders will have access to the exclusive VIP tent, which does include seating, in addition to the private viewing area in front of the stage*)

All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Rib and Chicken Buffet: $15

Camping: 3 nights (Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday)

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



Primitive camping (no electrical or water hook-ups) is available at B's on the River Rib Fest 2020. One sleeping unit (ie. camper or tent) and one vehicle per site is allowed. Campsites must be reserved by July 5, 2020 and will not be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event. Fires and pets are not allowed.

Campers will be accepted after 7pm on Thursday, July 9th.

2020 Ribfest Camping Rules

Hotel Accomodations

Waconia AmericInn Lodge & Suites:
550 Cherry Drive Waconia, MN 55387
(952) 442-8787

Cab Services

Christie Cab
(763) 913-4889


Thank You to all of the 2020 Rib Fest Sponsors!

Randy's Environmental Services, Gallus Painting, MBE, Fobbe Electric, Bursch Brothers Sand & Gravel, Anchor Plastics, Vanderlinde Group / ReMax Edge, Fine-Line Foundations, Mikie's Landscaping, Stein Heating & Cooling, Hecksel Machine Shop, Class Act Outdoor Furnace, Kohl's Dairy, M & K Construction, Vital Signs, K-Way Trucking, Hooked on Classics, Rocket Crane, Wire Smith, Davis Motorsports / Chevy, Bagy Jo Inc., Neaton Brothers Erosion Control


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, beverages 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 pets allowed. No audio or video recording of any kind is permitted. No refunds for anyone ejected for rule violations. Call for handicap accommodations. Rain or shine event. No refunds or exchanges. Artists subject to change without notice. Firearms are not permitted anywhere on B's on the River property.