Successful Sell-Out for Dyersville’s 1st Annual Rib Fest

The Dyersville Commercial Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with events all year long. And as a part of the celebration, the park hosted its first-ever Rib Fest on Saturday night.

Dyersville resident Steve Becker says the idea came to him during a meeting earlier this year.

Becker and Jeff Schmidt helped organize the Rib Fest. The meat was smoking by the time the car cruisers returned from Guttenberg, with the public welcome to stop by too. They lined up to buy tickets for a dollar each, with each ticket getting them a rib sample from one of the vendors on site. And within 45 minutes, the tickets – around 1,200 of them – were sold out. Schmidt says they didn’t know what to expect the first year, but they weren’t expecting that.

Becker says the Rib Fest was just a great way to celebrate a milestone for the Dyersville Commercial Club.

Like he says, they plan to make the Rib Fest an annual event, with hopes to have more meat and more competitors next year.

(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)