Rotary racks up the ribs with annual 'Rock-n-Ribs' event

Nearly 60 teams taking part in BBQ cookoff contest


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - More than four dozen amateur and pro cooks won't let cloudy skies and possible showers get in the way of their grilling this weekend.

The third annual Rotary Rock-n-Ribs event kicked off Friday at the Oktoberfest grounds.

Several cook off competitions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, with proceeds going toward the La Crosse Rotary and other area non-profit organizations.

In addition to the competitions, people will be able to buy food from a number of area barbecue vendors.

"I wouldn't have anybody drive by the festgrounds if you're hungry unless you're stopping, because it is going to be an aroma drifting east and hopefully it pulls in a ton of people," joked Ed Jaekel of the La Crosse Rotary.

The event had humble beginnings, starting as a backyard amateur competition with 19 people competing. From there, it grew to 34 teams in its second year. A total of 59 teams are expected to take part this weekend, coming from seven different states -- some as far away as Arkansas.

The competitions kicked off Friday night with a "Kids Q" and contests for steak and wings.

There will also be a pulled pork competition between 11 and 2 Saturday and the VIP rib competition will be held between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.

Two-day admission for the event is $5.

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