Rib Fest is Finally Here

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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Ribs, entertainment and more. This weekend is definitely full of events for the whole family.

"We'll have pig racing, camel rides and many more activities for people."

Kari Rasmussen is the director of Wausau Events. She says turning the downtown Wausau airport into a festival takes a lot of work.

"All the other days of the year it really is just one big field," explains Kari, "we had water put in, some additional electricity put in since we've grown this event every year."

This year's Rib Fest even attracted a vendor from down under who does sauces a bit different.

"We have a fruit based concept, so we cook with fruit woods, apple and cherry wood to smoke with, and then we use our Australian style fruit based barbeque sauces."

Paul Mackay is the owner of Aussom Aussie BBQ Company. He says he couldn't be happier than to be cooking right here in Wausau.

"We're excited to be here," says Paul, "it's a great community, we've never been here before so, it's fantastic, I love the atmosphere already and the people are really friendly so we're really excited."

Rib Fest and the balloon glow and launch run all weekend with a special fireworks show on Saturday night.

Weekend Events:

Thursday, July 11

Rib Fest 5-10pm
Kids Rides 5pm-Dusk
Balloon Glow and Launch 5-10pm
Petting Zoo and Camel Rides 5-8pm
Pig Racing 5-9pm
Music: Plan B 6-10pm

Friday, July 12

Rib Fest 5-10pm
Kids Rides 5pm-Dusk
Balloon Glow and Launch 5-10pm
Petting Zoo and Camel Rides 5-8pm
Pig Racing 5-9pm
Music: Consult the Briefcase 6-11pm

Saturday, July 13

Balloon Set up and Launch 6-6:30am
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 6-10:30am
Rib Fest 11am-10pm
Kids Rides 11am-Dusk
WI Kiters Club Performance 10am-4pm
Petting Zoo and Camel Rides 5-8pm
Pig Racing 5-9pm
Balloon Set up and Launch 6-6:30pm
Balloon Glow 8:30pm
Music: Buck the Plumbers 4-6pm
Music: Hip Pocket 6-11pm
Fireworks 9:45pm

Sunday, July 14

Balloon Set up and Launch 6-6:30am
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast 6-10:30am

Free Shuttle from Downtown to the Airport! Pick up and drop off downtown at the Grand Theater Downtown to Municipal Airport every 20 minutes!


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