About the – Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival
The #ErieRibFest is one of Erie’s’ premier signature events. For the past 29 years this festival had been the ‘kick-off’ event to summer in the region.  Due to the pandemic the 2020 event was cancelled and in 2021, the 30th Annual event was pushed back to mid-September. We discovered that with the area colleges in session, the event visitors increased. With this success, we have elected to host the 31st Annual – Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival on September 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2022.

It’s about the BBQ. This family fun festival features National Touring, Award Winning BBQ Cooking Teams (as seen on the Food Network) and a local BBQ team. New to the lineup in 2021 was Outlaw BBQ Revolution. We are also excited to share that Outlaw BBQ has also recently established a local BBQ restaurant in Erie.  Many of the participating teams have been a staple of the Erie Rib Fest for well over 15 years. Carolina Rib King and Pig Foot BBQ have been  2with us the longest and have established a great rapport with event visitors.  It is rare to have an opening along Ribber Row however, when that happens due to teams retiring or to conflicts with scheduling, we open the opportunity to join us.  This year, Johnson’s BBQ is joining the lineup.  We are sure their team will fit right in and feel welcomed. 

What other activities are scheduled? This festival is also host to local and regional entertainment on the main stage, works by artisans and craftsmen, vendors, business booths, demonstrations, service groups, festival foods and treats, specialty acts, games, fun for the kids,  spirits on the square and so much more. 

BBQ Lovers . . Festival Goers . . .Analytics show that the largest group of event visitors are typically between 22 and 55 years of age with the ratio of men and women nearly equal. With the addition of the influx of college students, this demographic is sure to broaden. The Erie Rib Fest focuses on community spirit, family fun and of course the BBQ! This longstanding festival attracts an estimated attendance of over 50,000 visitors annually.

Did you know that the Erie Rib Fest is owned and produced by a locally woman owned company? President and owner, Kathi Danielson of Performance & Event Management, LLC has owned and produced the Erie Rib Fest since 2004. Her focus has always been to integrate local and regional businesses, musicians and service groups. She strives to use this platform to showcase local businesses and to introduce regional businesses to the Erie patrons 

What makes the Erie Rib Fest Sponsorship Opportunities unique?
Our Sponsorship goal is to offer interested businesses an all-a-carte approach; one that can be customized to coordinate with your specific marketing directives. This opportunity offers potential sponsors access to a broad demographic with significant ties to Erie’s community as well as visitors from neighboring counties within Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. Sponsorship participation provides access to this amazing group of Erie Rib Fest followers. Some areas of marketing exposure can include: your business logo on the  www.ErieRibFest.com dedicated Sponsor Page, a promotional link to your business, on site booth space all 4 days of the festival, the option for your business to offer contests and giveaways to capture new potential customers, your prominently placed banners, inclusion on the 10,000 full color rack cards and the option to participate in a custom designed Facebook Contest on the fwww.facebook.com/ErieRibFest page and as the Signature Sponsor for specific activities.

Exhibitor Booth Space
This festival attracts a loyal group of event goers. On-site participation will provide the opportunity to engage one-on-one with event visitors. Exhibitor space at the Erie Rib Fest provides an opportunity to increase brand awareness while creating a strong community connection. Your booth space at the festival can be utilized for sampling, demonstrations, education, incentive coupons, a new product launch, sales, giveaways and more! We strive to accommodate your marketing needs.

We appreciate your interest in this well-respected Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival and hope to hear from you. Please reach out to us by completing an application located in the 2022 Application Tab. Once received, someone will be contacting you in a few days to answer any questions and discuss the possibilities. 

We also wish to invite you to “Like” and follow our Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/ErieRibFest for updates and ongoing contests. Check back often to enter contests for your chance to win giveaways from our Sponsors, Participating Businesses and Half- Slab BBQ Rib Dinners from the Rib Lady and the Participating BBQ Teams. Good luck to all!

Please feel free to contact pemgmt@gmail.com or call Kathi Danielson at Performance & Event Management, LLC at 814-899-5177.

It’s all about the BBQ!

Thank you,




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