The tent will be at First and Broadway streets again this year — hours for pick-up are:


FRIDAY 9a-9p




Advance wristbands $30 (no food coupons) on sale now until August 16th online and by phone;

Advance wristbands may be purchased “in person” at German American banks, Kroger, CVS in Madison only, and Main Source banks through Wednesday, August 16th; and “in person” at the Visitor’s Center until 4:30 pm, Thursday August 17th .

No wristbands will be sold on Friday, August 18th until the gates open at 5:00 pm. Gate price $35

Online and phone orders will be charged a $1 handling fee per wristband.

DON’T MISS OUR ZIP LINE — Friday, 5-9 p and Saturday noon-8 p  $8 for one ride — $12 for two consecutive rides (same person).

Click to PURCHASE TICKETS  $1 handling fee per wristband will be added. ALL ONLINE ORDERS AND PHONE ORDERS will be available at the event WILL CALL.  Maps to WILL CALL available upon request.

 All wristbands purchased online will be available at “Will Call”. You will get an email receipt when you purchase online.  Bring that receipt or a picture ID.  If someone other than purchaser is picking up wristbands they MUST HAVE the actual email receipt.  The Will Call location has not changed in many years; the tent is at Broadway and First St.  See the ‘Will Call’ tent hours listed below. 

 2017  Advance wristbands and Gate wristband prices are:

Gate wristband price $35.  If you purchase your wristband on Friday it will be good for both days.

    All wristbands are NON REFUNDABLE.

Phone orders please call 812-265-2956.  If AT ALL POSSIBLE please try to order online.


Got Kids?

Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free to Ribberfest when accompanied by a paying adult. Be sure to check out the Piglet Pen as well!

Things to leave at home:

These items will not be allowed into the gate during the event weekend: Coolers, food, beverages, pets, umbrellas, canopies, golf carts, bikes,roller blades, or skates, and hula-hoops.  We are limited on space for these activities.


We will have additional camping available in Madison again this year. In addition to camping at Clifty Falls State Park, there will be camping at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Spots will again be $15 per night with water & electric. There will also be showers available. For further information call Lonnie at 812-265-8919. We are sorry for the inconvenience but there will be NO SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM FAIRGROUNDS THIS YEAR. Hopefully our campers at the Fairgrounds will have an extra vehicle to get downtown.  Due to a scheduling conflict the trolley will be unable to offer shuttle service.  Our local taxi service is Hilltop Taxi — 812-265-3337.

2017 Schedule

Vendors may begin set-up Thursday, August 18th — check with Joe or Audrey for set-up time. FRIDAY — August 18th 6:00 AM — BACKYARD BBQ BLAST Competitors may arrive. 9:00 AM — KCBS Registration teams/judges 3:00 PM – KCBS Cooks meeting (required) 4:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin — every 2 hours last one at 8:30 pm 5:00 PM — GATES OPEN 5:30 PM — Welcome, Scott Davidson emcee 6:00 PM – Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens 6:00 PM – Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind take the stage 6:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) first of 2 6:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin 7:00 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins 7:30 PM — Mayor Welch/Sponsors welcome 8:00 PM – ANA POPOVIC takes the stage 8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin – this is the last ride tonight 9:30 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast awards at stage 10:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes 10:00 PM — Headliner DELBERT MC CLINTON takes the stage  SATURDAY — August 20th 7:00 AM — 5K-Ribber-Run & RibberRide Registration begins 8:00 AM — 5K-RibberRun Walk/Run begins 8:45 AM — Madison Area Bicycle Club -RibberRide begins 9:00 AM – Kidz Q cooking  competition begins 9:30 AM — KCBS Judges Meeting/Brown Gym (required) 11:00 AM — Kidz Q judging begins 11:00 AM — GATES OPEN 11:00 AM — KCBS Judging begins 11:00 AM — Announcements, Scott Davidson emcee; female & male overall winner of 5 announced 11:30 AM — THE BOB LAFARY TRIO takes the stage 12:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens 12:00 PM — Announcements, Scott Davidson emcee 12:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat rides begin — every 2 hours last one at 8:30 pm 1:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) second of 2 1:30 PM – TOAD STRANGLER takes the stage 2:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride 3:00 PM – Good to the Bone Rib Eating contest 3:30 PM — The CLAUDETTES take the stage 4:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes 4:00 PM — KCBS/ Kidz Q Awards Ceremony at Brown Gym 4:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride 5:00 PM – Announcements, Scott Davidson 5:30 PM — DWAYNE DOPSIE and the ZYDECO HELL RAISERS takes the stage 6:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens 6:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride 7:00 PM – Mayor’s Thank You for coming 7:30 PM – The LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND takes the stage 8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride –last one 9:00 PM – Pigmania winner announced 9:30 PM — The incredible LOS LOBOS takes the stage 11:00 PM – Festival Closes — see you next year AUGUST 17-18, 2018.   Thank you for joining us! Madison Ribberfest, 601 W. First St., Madison, IN 47250 800-559-2956