We are busy working on our 2016 event.

Watch this website for 2016 updates.


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.

2015 Schedule

KCBS Teams may begin registration at 10:00 am on Thursday, August 20th

Vendors may begin set-up Thursday, August 20th — check with Joe or Audrey for set-up time.

FRIDAY — August 21st

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


5:30 PM — Welcome, Scott Davidson emcee

6:00 PM – Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens

6:00 PM – The LIONEL YOUNG Band takes the stage

6:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) first of 2

7:00 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins

7:30 PM — Mayor Welch/Sponsors welcome

8:00 PM – WALTER ‘WOLFMAN’ WASHINGTON takes the stage

9:30 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast awards at stage

10:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes

10:00 PM — Headliner JIMMIE VAUGHAN & the TILT-A-WHIRLS take the stage 

SATURDAY — August 22nd

7:00 AM — 5K-Ribber-Run & RibberRide Registration begins

7:00 AM — KCBS “Rise N Shine” Breakfast

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 — KCBS Judging begins

11:00 AM — Announcements, Scott Davidson emcee; female & male overall winner of 5 announced

11:30 AM — DA MUDCATS take 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

1:00 PM — Pig Toss (cornhole tournament) second of 2

1:30 PM – BOSCOE FRANCE takes the stage

3:00 PM – Good to the Bone Rib Eating contest

3:30 PM — TEE DEE YOUNG takes the stage

4:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s play area closes

4:00 PM — KCBS/ Kidz Q Awards Ceremony at Brown Gym

5:00 PM – Announcements, Scott Davidson


6:00 PM — Piglet Pen children’s supervised play area opens

7:00 PM – Mayor’s Thank You for coming

7:30 PM – SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY takeS the stage

9:00 PM – Pigmania winner announced

9:30 PM — The incredible KEB’ MO’ takes the stage

11:00 PM – Festival Closes — see you next year AUGUST 19-20, 2016.


Thank you for joining us!

Madison Ribberfest, 601 W. First St., Madison, IN 47250