Rib Fest 2019

Rib Fest 2019 - Fri July 12th & Sat July 13th

Jo Dee Messina, Parmalee and more to perform at B's on the River Rib Fest July 13th!

It was announced live on BOB 106 by B's on the River owner Bryan Baumann that Jo Dee Messina will be headlining the 10th Anniversary B's on the River Rib Fest event Saturday, July 13th in Watertown. Joining Messina is "Carolina" hit makers Parmalee, Tony Ortiz and the Guns of Soul, which bring a nice blend of American Soul/Southern California Rock n Roll to the stage, and the Blake Klaustermeier band featuring Lowell Schubert. The Hell Country Truckers will join the fun for a special BOB 106 pre-Rib Fest Party Friday July 12th.

In addition to live music, Rib Fest will also feature the famous Backyard BBQ Rib Contest and Rib Tasting, along with the ever-popular All-You-Can-Eat BBQ Rib and Chicken dinner, featuring St. Louis-style ribs.

Festivities kick off at 2pm, and the day's schedule will also include children's activities (kids under 17 get in free with paid adult), a bean bag tournament, fireworks and more. B's on the River's Food Wagon, featuring mini donuts, cheese curds, popcorn, pulled pork sandwiches, walking tacos and more will also be available.

A full schedule of events and updates may be found below. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the local communities.

Tickets and camping passes for Rib Fest went on sale this morning and may be purchased by clicking here or by calling (952) 955-2223. General Admisstion is $30 in Advance, General Admission at the gate is $35, VIP Tickets cost $95 and Camping is $75 for Fri & Sat night.

Jo Dee Messina

Jo Dee Messina is a seasond veteran in the music industry, always evolving and reintroducing herself and her sound as she gains new experiences in life. Jumpstarting her career, Jo Dee's breakout song, "Heads Carolina, Tails California," made her a household name. Following the sucess of her debut, Jo Dee posted nine number-one hits, sixteen Top 40 songs, sold over five million albums worldwide, and was honored by the ACM Awards, CMA Awards, and GRAMMY Awards. As Jo Dee's resume grew, she proved to be a trendsetter and history-maker, becoming the first female in country music history to celebrate three consecutive multi-week, chart topping songs.

More recently, Jo Dee created Dreambound Records, called on her fans to become her dedicated team, and released her most personal album to date, "Me." Aside from her studio successes, Jo Dee has also created a reputation for herself as one of the most passionate, high-energy performers in the business.


Parmalee which is formed by brothers Matt and Scott Thomas (lead vocals and drums), cousin Barry Knox (bass) and their best friend Josh McSwain (lead guitar) will take the stage before Messina. Named after the small town where the band started, Parmalee, N.C. (population 278), the chart-topping quartet pays tribute to their humble Carolina upbringings with their name and their sound.

The band's blue-collar persistence made their 2013 breakout single, "Carolina," into a number-one hit, while their debut album landed in the Top 10. Two more singles ("Close Your Eyes" and "Already Callin' You Mine") rose on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, all while the band kept their noses to the grindstone, touring hundreds of dates a year. The band's latest release, "Be Alright," is an emotionally-driven song about hope, knowing that when a relationship is struggling, things will work out for the best in the end.

Tony Ortiz and the Guns of Soul

Tony Ortiz has thrilled audiences with his outstanding singing and heartfelt songs. As lead singer of The Monroes in the 1980s, you've heard Tony on the radio singing "What Do All the People Know" or perhaps seen them touring with Rick Springfield or Toto or on The Merv Griffin Show. Now in Minnesota and fronting his band, the Guns of Soul, Tony's original songs are a powerhouse of Americana soul.

Blake Klaustermeier

Blake Klaustermeier is a local polka legend. Citing influences of Wee Willie and Leon Olson, Blake has played concertina since he was 9 years old and will perform polka hits beginning at 2:30pm.

BOB 106 Friday Nigh Pre-Rib Fest Party

The Hell Country Truckers are one of the region's favorite live acts, and they'll bring their unique style to the BOB 106 Friday night pre-Rib Fest Party. Since it's inception in 2010, the band has been exploring the evolution of traditional country music and fine tuning their interpretation of an authentic sound. Although largely infuluenced by honky-tonk legends, this young, energetic, and talented group of musicians offer a modern update of classic country music.

BOB 106's Jim Erickson will be the MC for the night and doing some giveaways, including a pair of VIP Tickets to Rib Fest.

Come early to reserve your table on the patio to enjoy live music, our featured pork chop dinner (6pm until gone) and the sunshine!

There is no cover for the live music or to attend the Friday night festivities.

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.

2019 Ribfest Contest Entry Form

2019 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

General Admission: $30 in advance, $35 at the gate (kids under 17 get in free with paid adult)

VIP: $95 Includes: Admission, private viewing area infront 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. (*New in 2019, 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: $75 for 2 nights (Fri./Sat.) SOLD OUT

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.

*All tickets purchased after July 7th, 2019 will not be mailed and will be held at Will Call

Camping (SOLD OUT)

Primitive camping (no electrical or water hook-ups) is available at B's on the River Rib Fest 2019. One sleeping unit (ie. camper or tent) and one vehicle per site is allowed. Campsites must be reserved by July 6, 2019 and will not be available for purchase at the gate the day of the event. Fires are not allowed.

Campers will be accepted after 7pm on Thursday, July 11th.

2019 Ribfest Camping Rules

2019 Schedule

Friday, July 12th - NO COVER CHARGE

12pm - Dusk   Accepting Camping Units

6pm - Gone   Pork Chop Dinner

6:30pm - 10:30pm   Hell Country Truckers


Saturday, July 13th

1:30pm    Ticket Sales Begin On-site

2:00pm    Gates Open, Food Wagon Opens, Kids Events Begin, Bean Bag Registration Begins

2:30pm    Blake Klaustermeier w/Special Guest Lowell Schubert (under tent)

2:30pm    Rib Contest Turn In

3:00pm    Bean Bag Tournament Begins

3:00pm    Rib Tasting Begins

4:30pm    All-You-Can-Eat Rib & Chicken Buffet Opens (until gone)

5:00pm    Tony Ortiz and the Guns of Soul

6:15pm    Rib Contest Winner Announced

6:30pm    Tony Ortiz and the Guns of Soul

8:00pm    Parmalee

10:00pm  Jo Dee Messina 

11:15pm  Fireworks

*All times, music/artists and events subject to change without notice.

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 2019 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.