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2018 Rib Fest

Kaison Murphy, 11, of Sioux City, eats a piece of chicken at Rib Fest in Sioux City on Saturday.

SIOUX CITY --  The third annual Rib Fest brought more than 2,300 people to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Battery Park, June 23, and raised $70,000 for Camp High Hopes, a nonprofit which provides programs and service to kids, teens and adults with disabilities, special needs and chronic illnesses.

20 area teams smoked meat and competed for prizes during Rib Fest, which is also a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned event. Four additional teams smoked both chicken and ribs that were ranked by professional judges in addition to attendees.

Hillbilly Smoke, a team from Turin, Iowa, was the big winner, taking home Grand Champion honors. A Chicken, A Cow, And A Pig Walked Into A Bar ... BQ, a team from Anthon, Iowa, received the People's Choice award, while Rock'n Hogs, of Sioux City, was awarded Reserve Champion. the winning teams receives cash, trophies and a special guitar from Hard Rock for their wins.

"Rib Fest 2018 was bigger and better this year, and Camp high Hopes is proud to team up with our sponsors and partners to provide a family fun event," said Camp High Hopes executive director Chris Liberto. "The event is the perfect way to kick off summer, and the proceeds stay local and will help provide recreational experiences for our campers with disabilities,"

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