Rib, Chicken Cook-Off Kicking Off Today

If great tasting ribs and chicken and all your favorite summertime treats with a variety of fine entertainment is what you want, then head to Wheeling Heritage Port today and Saturday for the fifth annual Ohio Valley Rib & Chicken Cook-Off.

Competing for trophies this year will be Quaker Steak & Lube, R-n-T BBQ, Jeanne’s Bourbon Street, Big Girls BBQ, Swhinery, Big E’s Southern Q, Fine Smoke LLC and Smoke Shack.

Burners will compete for the Carl Carenbauer grand champion trophy along with the WesBanco first place ribs and first place chicken trophies, along with the People’s Choice Award. So that people can enjoy different cooks’ ribs, one bone can be purchased per cook.

The festival’s free entertainment lineup includes:

Friday – the Mark Gorby Band, Ohio Valley Promenaders, Take a Bow Dance Centre, Slated Moon and the Country Variety Band.

Saturday – Randy Timko, Sara Hays Band, Ron Retzer Trio and Trippin the Riff.

Entertainment starts at 3 p.m. each day, but BBQ cooks and vendors will begin selling at noon.