Please note: AGAIN THIS YEAR – In an effort to make viewing fair for everyone we will not allow chairs to be placed  in the entertainment area BEFORE the gates open at 5:00 on Friday and 11:00 on Saturday.  Any chairs left there will be removed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Q. How does the new law smoking law affect this festival?

A.There will be  “no smoking” within eight feet of the restroom, portolets, and Brown Gym (and all enclosed public places).

Q. Is there an increase in wristband prices this year?

A. Wristbands prices will remain $30/$35 this year.  Pre-Sale (wristbands with food coupons) will be available while supply lasts.  Advance Sale (wristbands available after Pre-Sale are sold out) will be available online and by phone until August 14th online, at local businesses until August 15th, and at the Visitor’s Center until 5pm on August 16th.  Beginning August 17th no wristbands will be sold until the gate.  Gate prices will be $35 if you “wait ’til the gate”. If you purchase at the gate on Friday your wristband will be good both days. If you purchase at the gate on Saturday your wristband will still be $35.  Children 12 and under are still free with a paid adult.

Q. When and where can I purchase wristbands?

A. Pre-Sale beginning June 15th ON THIS WEBSITE, click the menu button BUY TICKETS.

In person at the Madison Visitor’s Center, Koehler Tire, and Craig Toyota, Ribberfest committee members.  Pre-Sale wristbands are NOW also on sale at the German-American banks, Kroger, Farmers Bank of Milton, CVS Pharmacies Madison and Hanover, The Bottle Shop, Miller Automotive, First Financial, Fillin’ Station Liquors, Village Lights Book Store.

A limited number of Pre-sale wristbands will be sold.  You will want to purchase them early so as not to miss the special deal of getting $10 in food and beverage coupons.  We don’t expect them to last until August 1st so buy early! Many people wait and you don’t want to be disappointed.

Q. Will my wristbands be mailed to me?

A. No, 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 pick-up point has changedWILL CALL moved to the corner of First and West streets.  Due north of the West St. gate. Will Call tent pickup times will be Friday, August 17th 9a-to-9pm, Saturday, August 18th 9a to 9p.   NEW LOCATION!!! AFTER 9 PM ON SATURDAY Will Call will be available at the West Street gate — accessible from the east end of the event – Jefferson, Mulberry, and West all go to Vaughn — then right on Vaughn to the West Gate entrance.   NO ‘WILL CALL’  WRISTBANDS available on Broadway, or at the POPLAR street gate.

Q. What time do the gates open each day?

A. Friday, August 17th gate 5:00 pm; Saturday, August 18th gate 11:00 am.

Q. May we bring pets?

A. No. We are sorry but we cannot allow pets in the festival. With the heat and crowd it is not a safe or comfortable environment for animals.

Q. Why are we not allowed to bring umbrellas or canopies?

A. We have open seating. Umbrellas or canopies in front of festival attendees would obstruct stage viewing for others.

Q. Is there something for small children to do?

A. Yes. We offer a children’s play area, the Piglet Pen, which is supervised, has many activities to keep them happy, and is affordable for families. Check out the Piglet Pen tab on the homepage of this website for details and pricing.  Also, we witness every year a growing number of families taking their children through the concrete pig corral to enjoy the amazing work local businesses put into their Pigmania entry.

Q. Do you offer handicap parking?

A. Yes. We have an area designated for handicap parking at the corner of West and First Streets.You may drop off handicap patrons at the West St. gate at West and Vaughn streets, overflow handicap parking may be available at Jefferson & Vaughn streets.

Q. Why can’t we bring in our own food and beverages?

A. We ask our festival attendees to support the event by purchasing food and drinks within the event; so we DO NOT allow food or beverages carried in. Insurance liabilities does not allow alcohol to be carried into or out of our event.

The policy to not allow food and drink carried in, limits the potential of outside alcohol violation.

AGAIN THIS YEAR! You may bring an empty water bottle into the event and fill it at our water containers located at each gate, ticket tents, and the souvenir tent.

Q. I have heard you do not accept cash at the event, is that true?

A. No, we do accept cash in some cases. You may purchase tickets with cash to be used at the food and beverage vendors which are $1 each and are valued at $1. Vendors will only accept tickets – NO CASH.

Cash may be used to purchase souvenirs, CD’s at the artists’ tent next to the stage, food and beverage tickets, and voting for the pigs in Pigmania –click on PIGMANIA on the homepage for more information on this area.

Q. Is there an ATM in the event?

A. Yes, one ATM located by the souvenir tent just east of the stage on Vaughn Dr.

Q. Where are the boat rides and how much do they cost? What times

are the rides? Do we need reservations?

A. The boat rides will load and depart at the launching ramp at the foot of West Street.  Go to the home page and look under Rest of the Fest and click on Cruise for prices and times.

Q. How do I enter the 5k RibberRun/Walk or RibberRide?

A. Registration will be ONLINE or postal mail .  Check the Ribberfest homepage under Rest of the Fest and click on 5KRIBBERRUN for the link.  There you can print the application and mail it in with a check.

You may also register at the event beginning at 7:00 am on Saturday, August 18th. HOWEVER, race day entries are not guaranteed a t-shirt.

You may choose either the 5K Walk/Run; there is one 60 mile bicycle ride this year and it is NO CHARGE.

Q. How do I sign up for Good to the Bone rib eating contest at the event?

A. Leave your name and a contact number at the souvenir tent.  We will fill the spots with these names first (or have a drawing if a lot of people have signed up).  If there are still spots available we will ask from the stage for contestants.  We will have a Good to the Bone rib eating contest at the July 13th, Music in the Park event at the Broadway Fountain.  The winner may defend his title at this year’s event.

Q. How do I enter the Pig Toss (Corn hole tournament)?

A. Call Bob Vonch at 812-599-5853 for information.

Q. How can I get a tent in Bluesville and what does it cost?

A. There is a waiting list for tents in Bluesville. Previous “tent owners” are offered the first option to return each year. Available tents are offered to people on the waiting list in the order they made their request.

Tents are $800.00 and include a table, chairs and 10 general admission wristbands.

Q. How can we adopt a pig and what is the cost?

A. The adoption cost for one year is $125.00.  Pigs will be delivered to you for painting and/or costuming, and display at your business.  It will then be collected and delivered to the event and displayed in the pig corral for the competition for judging.

Please note these other festival requests:

  • Keep passages free. Don’t block sidewalks, walkways, or other areas people may pass through.
  • Dispose of trash in designated receptacles.
  • Be aware of our Recycle Containers and use them for proper items.
  • No distribution of commercial advertisements.
  • Do not enter nonpublic areas, i.e. offices, storage, vendor booths, “performers only” areas.
  • No video or audio recording of concerts. This is designated in contracts with our artists.

2018 Schedule

Vendors may begin set-up Thursday, August 16th — check with Joe for set-up time.

FRIDAY — August 17th

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 – Junk Box takes the stage

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

6:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride

7:00 PM — Backyard BBQ Blast judging begins

7:30 PM — Mayor Welch/Sponsors welcome

8:00 PM – DAWN TYLER WATSON takes the stage

8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride – 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 WALTER TROUT takes the stage 

SATURDAY — August 18th

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 — KCBS Judging begins

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

11:30 AM – JORDAN WILSON COALITION 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 – KING BEE and the STINGERS take the stage

2:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride

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

3:30 PM – JOHN PRIMER and the REAL DEAL BLUES BAND 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 – JOHN NEMETH and the LOVELIGHT ORCHESTRA take 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 Welcome

7:30 PM – ERIC GALES takes the stage

8:30 PM – Queen City Riverboat ride –last one

9:00 PM – Pigmania winner announced

9:30 PM — The incredible RONNIE BAKER BROOKS takes the stage

11:00 PM – Festival Closes — see you next year AUGUST 16-17, 2018.