About the – Erie’s Wild Rib Cook Off & Music Festival

The #ErieRibFest is proud to be among Erie’s’ premier signature events. We are excited to return to our original timeframe as the “KICK-OFF” Event to summer in the region.  Our 2024 Dates are MAY 29, 30, 31 and June 1, 2024.  Wahoo!

It’s about the BBQ. This family fun festival features National Touring, Award Winning BBQ Cooking Teams (as seen on the Food Network) and whenever possible, Erie’s local BBQ teams.  Many of the participating teams have been a staple of the Erie Rib Fest for well over 19 years. Carolina Rib King has been with us the longest and has 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. 

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.  We also feature local micro breweries and distilleries with the 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.  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 2024 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!


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