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The Great Midwest
Rib Fest

Featuring Gretchen Wilson, Loverboy, Sugar Ray and More 

Thursday, July 25 • 5 pm – 10 pm
Friday, July 26 • 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, July 27 • 11 am – 10 pm
Free Admission
Outdoors at Mystic Lake®

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

The Great Midwest Rib Fest®

Summer sizzles as The Great Midwest Rib Fest returns with three days of food, music and fun! Get your groove on with free outdoor concerts by national and local acts. Bib up and chow down on ribs from the country’s top pitmasters competing for bragging rights and thousands in prizes. So much yum under the sun.

Hog Heaven for Music Lovers

Don’t miss free outdoor concerts each day of the fest!

Gretchen Wilson
Jessie G

The Tubes

Sugar Ray
Better Than Ezra
Emerson Hart (of Tonic)

The Great Midwest Rib Fest

World Rib Eating Championship

Saturday, July 27 • 1 PM
Joey Chestnut is coming back to Mystic Lake to shatter another record! This time, he’s trading tacos—yes, all 126 of them—for pork ribs. The world-renowned competitive eater will vie to demolish his own Word Record of 13.76 pounds of pork meat in just 12 minutes. Get as close to the action as you dare! Chestnut’s appetite makes him a legend…now he’s going to make hog heaven history!


The Great Midwest Rib Fest

Pig Out
We’re fired up for this year’s roster of rib cookers! In addition to the world’s best ribs, you’ll also find beverage and bar tents, fresh lemonade, Kernel’s Sweet Corn, Cookies and More, Ben & Jerry’s® ice cream and more!

Barbecue Contestants:

Aussom Aussie
Austin's Texas Lightning
Big Boned BBQ
Chicago BBQ
Howling Coyote BBQ
Just North of Memphis BBQ
Porky Chicks BBQ
Rasta Joe's BBQ
Texas Outlaw BBQ
Uncle Bubs BBQ

Festival Rules
  • Event admission and concerts are free and open to all ages; food and beverages are available for purchase.
  • Shirt and shoes are required.
  • Guests under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Pets, blankets, chairs, umbrellas, bikes, fireworks, firecrackers, coolers, picnic baskets, and outside food and beverages are not allowed.
  • Drugs, weapons and firearms are strictly prohibited at Mystic Lake.
  • Must be 21+ to purchase alcohol; valid identification required.
  • Guests engaged in disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the event.
Prohibited Items
  • Signs larger than A4 or 8.5” x 11”
  • Battery packs of any kind
  • Drones
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Illegal substances
  • Alcohol
    (will be available for purchase)
  • Backpacks, purses and/or bags over 5” x 7” or clear bags that exceed 12” x 12”
  • Professional video/audio recording equipment
  • Professional still camera equipment with a detachable lens, tripods, zooms or commercial use rigs
  • GoPro® attachments like sticks and monopods
  • Aerosol cans
  • Fireworks and explosives
  • Laser pointers
  • Glass or cans of any kind
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry

Make a Trip Out of It


Stay the Night

Whether you’re going for a family getaway, a corporate convention, or a girls weekend, Mystic Lake offers entertainment that will excite anyone.


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