The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce held Rockin’ Ribfest on July 14th at Williston State College. Community members came out to enjoy the many food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and of course, ribs! This year, there were eight rib teams: G-Style Transport, Purity Oilfield Services, Nemont, KLX Energy Services, ACME Tools and E&M Services, Target Lodging, Western Area Water Supply Authority, and Whiting Oil & Gas.
Throughout the day, attendees were entertained with live music from The Jensen Sisters, Jade’s Agenda, and the Dirty Word band. The kids zone was also a big hit, as it featured inflatables, laser tag, water games, face painting, and an obstacle course. Other events included the Little Mr. and Miss Rockin’ Ribfest baby pageant, bingo, and the Rib Eating Competition. For this competition, each rib team sent one representative to the stage to eat as many ribs as possible in six minutes. After six minutes, there was a 3-way tie at 14 ribs, and so the three contestants went into a 1-minute sudden death round. Slater Williams from KLX won by a landslide, and he was crowned Rib Eating Champion! Famous Dave’s sponsored and emceed this event. Rib Teams also competed in a corn hole tournament, which Western Area Water Supply Authority won.
Shortly before 4pm, ribs were presented to a panel of five judges. This year, judges included Mayor Howard Klug, Meghan Wittmis, Allyson Helde, Mark Owan, and Sean Scott. The judges scored ribs based on appearance, tenderness, and taste.
At 4pm, over 1,400 pounds of ribs were ready to be served to the public for tasting and fan favorite voting. The ribs sold out by 6pm!
At 6pm, after the Ribfest raffle, the following awards were announced:
Best Ribs (based on judges’ scores)
1st Place: Target Lodging
2nd Place: Nemont
3rd Place: Purity Oilfield
Fan Favorite (based on public votes)
Whiting Oil & Gas
Best Decorated Booth
1st Place: ACME Tools and E&M Services (Rock n’ Roll theme)
2nd Place: Whiting Oil & Gas (Hawaiian theme)
Breadwinner (most raffle tickets sold)
ACME Tools and E&M Services (345 Ribfest raffle tickets sold)
With a variety of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, delicious ribs, and an abundance of activities throughout the day, Rockin’ Ribfest 2018 was a great success. The Williston Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all our sponsors, donors, and volunteers for supporting this event!
Rockin’ Ribfest 2018 Sponsors:
Ideal Option • ONEOK • Williston State College • Williston Fire & Safety • Williston CVB Williston Herald • Twisted J Field Services • Ackerman-Estvold • API Williston Basin Chapter • Basin Safety Consulting • Cups Drug Testing & Occupational Health • ACME Tools/E&M Services • American State Bank • Nemont • G&G Garbage • Crude Cuts Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative • Dakota Outdoor Advertising • Gravity Oilfield Services • John Voll – Re/Max Bakken Realty