RibFest returns to downtown Winston-Salem

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Ribs (The Winston-Salem Journal)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Six rib cookers fired up their rigs yesterday as the Texas Pete Twin City RibFest returned to Winston-Salem for the eighth year.

Thursday also marked another kind of return for the festival. RibFest is back downtown after three years at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds.

Allen McDavid, the festival’s organizer, said attendance had dropped at the fairgrounds, and people kept telling him they preferred the atmosphere downtown.

“It had been steadily going down,” McDavid said, in part because the heavy traffic from high-school graduations at Joel Coliseum kept people away. McDavid said he “was about to write a press release saying there wasn’t going to be another RibFest” when he got the opportunity to move downtown.

This year’s RibFest, presented by the Winston-Salem Journal, is adjacent to the Benton Convention Center and the Journal in parking lots bordered by Fifth, Sixth, Spruce and Marshall streets.

The festival, which runs through Sunday, features not only lots of ribs, but also live music by such acts as rapper T.O.N.E.-z (tonight), country singer Tammie Davis (Saturday) and jazz trumpeter Joe Robinson (Sunday).

This article was written by Michael Hastings and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.