Win Tickets to the Magic City Ribfest featuring Hairball & Kat Perkins!

Have you heard about the Magic City Ribfest?!

This Smokin’ Start to Summer, held at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds, will not only be featuring some delicious BBQ, but live music on the 4Bears Casino Stage nightly, including: Even5 on Thursday, June 18th, Hairball on Friday, June 19th and Kat Perkins, Saturday June 20th.

Looking to bring the entire family? Will a sandbox filled with 50 ton of sand and 10 giant bounce castles keep the kids busy while you enjoy your second…or even third helping of BBQ?

We want to bring you to Minot to experience our 1st EVER Magic City Ribfest! How does a two-night stay in a hotel and two season passes to Ribfest sound? This includes your daily admission for all 4-days of Ribfest, giving you access to all the BBQ, all the music, all the Minot you can handle! (The hotel nights will be valid only on Friday, June 19th and Saturday, June 20th.)

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on the blog – tell us what has got you the most excited for the Magic City Ribfest! 


UPDATE: Winners have been selected. Make sure to check your email to see if you were a lucky winner! Thank you for participating…hope to see you at Ribfest!

  • Sheri
    Posted at 18:24h, 01 June

    I think I am most excited about the yummy ribs! Hope to attend the Ribfest!! Please enter me in the contest!

  • Tanis Chalmers
    Posted at 18:34h, 01 June

    Sounds Yummy!

  • Gail feser
    Posted at 18:36h, 01 June

    Love minot!!

  • J. E. Dickson
    Posted at 18:36h, 01 June

    Fantastic BBQ in the Magic City of Minot…everything is to like!

  • Mae and Dennis
    Posted at 18:40h, 01 June

    The ribs, the music, the fun! Can’t wait to win, thanks

  • Karen
    Posted at 18:40h, 01 June

    The ribs!

  • Roberta J
    Posted at 18:42h, 01 June

    Our family always enjoys our stays in Minot because there is always so much to do. Especially love the summer fair and Norst Fest.

  • warren
    Posted at 18:43h, 01 June

    I am most excited about the BBQ!!!! I am going to eat tons, then sleep off the meat sweats, then eat some more!

  • Heather Denolf
    Posted at 18:44h, 01 June

    A weekend away from home?
    Two nights in a Minot Hotel?
    Two passes to the Rib Fest?
    Live Music from Hairball and Kat Perkins?
    BBQ Ribs?

    How could we NOT to excited about Rib Fest????

  • Rick shaw
    Posted at 18:44h, 01 June

    Best ribs errvrr

  • Carlo
    Posted at 18:46h, 01 June

    Easy, reading about all the food that will be there has my mouth drooling!

  • Jason Nicurity
    Posted at 18:47h, 01 June

    Good old American barbecue!!

  • Peter Gerlinger
    Posted at 18:47h, 01 June

    Great moments are born from great opportunities…..that’s what we have here tonight boys (at Ribfest)……. that’s what we’ve earned here!!!

  • Sheri Robb
    Posted at 18:47h, 01 June

    I am from out of the area, and have never heard about the Ribfest before,
    sound like a blast!

  • William John
    Posted at 18:48h, 01 June

    Sounds deliouse

  • Dianne
    Posted at 18:50h, 01 June

    Would love to come visit

  • Rhonda Loughren
    Posted at 18:55h, 01 June

    would love to get away from: making my bed & cooking!

  • Kevin
    Posted at 19:04h, 01 June

    Who don’t love BBQ ??? Sounds like a very delish time !!!
    Hope I win!!!!!

  • Christy Hook
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 June

    The food has me most excited!!

  • Randi Morton
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 June

    I would say a get away and great food would be the highlights!

  • Krystin
    Posted at 19:05h, 01 June

    Can adults use the bouncy castles?? If so that’s what I’m most excited for!! Haha

  • Dave Bahsler
    Posted at 19:09h, 01 June

    This sounds like a great event! Free tickets would be a super birthday present, a fun weekend away, and a great start to summer.

  • Heathe
    Posted at 19:11h, 01 June

    The Joy of doing something new and exciting!

  • Carrie
    Posted at 19:15h, 01 June

    Can’t wait to hear the entertainment!,

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 19:17h, 01 June

    Mmmmmm ribs sounds like a good day to me where ribs ate involved!!!

  • B.W. Carlisle
    Posted at 19:18h, 01 June

    We enjoy visiting Minot several times each year (we live in Manitoba). Very interested to hear of the “Ribfest” and would like to attend! Thanx! B.W.

  • melanie beard
    Posted at 19:18h, 01 June

    I have never been to the Ribfest and it looks very interesting. The entertainment sounds wonderful.

  • Brenda H.
    Posted at 19:19h, 01 June

    Thanks for this chance to win! My hubby will be most excited about the BBQ, and I just need to get away for a FUN weekend!

  • Tim
    Posted at 19:19h, 01 June

    The greatest thing about Ribfest is the music , great food , and doing a little shopping at the great stores in Minot. If I win 2 nights accommodations it would even be better.

    Thank you from your Canadian friend

  • Glenda Hoffart
    Posted at 19:21h, 01 June

    GREAT food, GREAT Music, AWSOME people and lots of fun!!!

  • E. Dickson
    Posted at 19:25h, 01 June

    Music in Minot in the summer…complimented with ribs and company…best thing!

  • Colleen
    Posted at 19:28h, 01 June

    My husband loves ribs and good music. This would be a great Father’s Day gift. Thank you for putting on a wonderful event in Minot.

  • Tara
    Posted at 19:29h, 01 June

    Would love to see Hairball and Kat!!
    Sounds like a great time.

  • Brandon Kerr
    Posted at 19:29h, 01 June

    I am definately most excited about the BBQ nothing better than BBQ’ed food.

  • kyle m
    Posted at 19:38h, 01 June

    never been to rib fest
    if I won 2 free night

  • Judy & Dale lidster
    Posted at 19:40h, 01 June

    Have been going to Minot since early 60’s mainly for the Minot Retriever club , retriever trials , one of the best events on the circuit. Not that long ago ,we found it difficult to get lodging, however many new places have opened . We are ready to come again , give us a reason…

  • Darr
    Posted at 19:41h, 01 June

    Minot! Ribs! Great entertainment! What wouldn’t I be excited about?!!

  • Karen Seiferling
    Posted at 19:46h, 01 June

    My husband and I absolutely love going to Minot! Very fun place. The chance to go to the RibFest would just be an added adventure. Add live music to that and I’d be in heaven! Also while we are there we can stock up on Mr & Mrs T’s Bloody Mary Mix. We can’t get it where we live….lol
    Rib on! Rib on! Rib on!

  • Tracy Faith
    Posted at 19:53h, 01 June

    I am excited about Kat Perkins!

  • Sheila Klyne
    Posted at 19:57h, 01 June

    Would be awesome just to experience the whole weekend at rib fest

  • gordon legge
    Posted at 19:58h, 01 June

    never been to rib fest, had never heard of it until now but would like to be there and join in the festivities

  • cindy tokar
    Posted at 20:03h, 01 June

    Can’t wait to enjoy minot. Rib fest. Sounds fabulous. Incredible city wonderful ppl and ribs. Really!! Sounds to good to be true.

  • Debbie Walker
    Posted at 20:06h, 01 June

    I would love to attend Ribfest……….. love ribs soooooo much.Shopping
    in Minot rocks also.

  • Anita Stade
    Posted at 20:06h, 01 June

    You had me at “Ribs”.

  • Linda Wotton
    Posted at 20:07h, 01 June

    I love coming down to Minot to see our US friends and enjoying rib fest would seal the deal!

  • dawn
    Posted at 20:08h, 01 June

    We have been to Minot and love it. Many nice restaurants. But never had the pleasure of BBQ.
    This would be a great weekend get away, which hubby deserves. Father’s day would be extra special.. Even if it’s late lol

  • Marieke
    Posted at 20:14h, 01 June

    Looking forward to lots of fun for the whole family! 🙂

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 20:21h, 01 June

    Have not been to Minot in a few years and really look forward to visiting this summer. Got lots of great information at the Brandon Home Show in April.

  • Shirley Paul
    Posted at 20:24h, 01 June

    I absolutely Loooooooooove RIBS. !!!!!!

  • Shirley Paul
    Posted at 20:25h, 01 June

    I absolutely looooooooooooove ribs !!!!

  • shaun
    Posted at 20:29h, 01 June

    Lots of tasty rib good music and meeting new people

  • Niamh
    Posted at 20:37h, 01 June

    We have never been before and I think my family would love the experience. The family that eats ribs together stays together!!!!

  • Charlene Runtz
    Posted at 20:44h, 01 June

    I think what could be better than spending a smokin’ awesome weekend in Minot enjoying the best BBQ in the land while experiencing the smokin’ hot hospitality of Minot :)We love Minot <3

  • Diane
    Posted at 20:52h, 01 June

    Ma:)rk me down as being excited about the entire Ribfest!!!

  • Lynda Demanski
    Posted at 20:54h, 01 June

    Love visiting Minot. Shopping is great and do is the city. December 3 was my last day of treatment for breast cancer. So would REALLY love a couple nights away

  • Megan
    Posted at 21:01h, 01 June

    I am most excited to trytherins

  • Megan
    Posted at 21:01h, 01 June

    I am excited to try the ribs

  • Diane Janzen
    Posted at 21:03h, 01 June

    Love Minot!
    What a way to spend a couple of
    Nights away from home.
    It sure sounds like a lot of great family fun.
    Good food,music and spending time together.

  • Doug
    Posted at 21:03h, 01 June

    I’ve attended Rib Feast in past and is totally awesome weekend best Ribs in world and awesome entertainment.

  • Daniele
    Posted at 21:05h, 01 June

    Sounds delicious, my family would LOVE it!!

  • Travis
    Posted at 21:10h, 01 June

    This sounds unreal!

  • Ron
    Posted at 21:16h, 01 June

    I’m hungry already. Nothing like a good barbeque feed and then take in the excitement. This is a holiday to win.

  • Laurie F
    Posted at 21:16h, 01 June

    The ribs! Yummy!

  • betty
    Posted at 21:18h, 01 June

    Great music, great food and a place to stay. What could be better?

  • rob
    Posted at 21:24h, 01 June

    Can’t wait to check out the ribs and to spend some time in town….spending money?

  • Sarah
    Posted at 21:25h, 01 June

    Normally I would say it is all about the food but now that we have a little one who is recently walking, I think the sand box is as big of a draw as the ribs!!!

  • Linda
    Posted at 21:31h, 01 June

    I’m a rib freak and would love to drive to Minot just for a taste!

  • Lee Adams
    Posted at 21:34h, 01 June

    Sounds like a great time. Love good entertainment but the ribs will be the highlite.

  • DarleneSytnick
    Posted at 21:41h, 01 June

    My husband lives, eats and breaths ribs, ribs and more ribs. Myself I enjoy Minot and all it had to offer.

  • Kevin Wall
    Posted at 21:46h, 01 June

    Who wouldn’t be excited about a weekend in Minot with some yummy ribs! A great prize for whoever wins!

  • Lorna
    Posted at 21:48h, 01 June

    Endless ribs, giant bouncers, huge sandbox, live music, a nice hotel away from home? What is there not to be excited about? Oh, I hope I win! Please!

  • Elaine K
    Posted at 22:00h, 01 June

    Love Minot and who doesn’t love ribs???

  • Lynda
    Posted at 22:02h, 01 June

    I can hardly wait to taste, taste and taste those wonderful ribs !!!!

  • Cari Speers
    Posted at 22:13h, 01 June

    Sounds like lots of fun. As we always like to say “Why not, Minot??!!”

  • Benjamin
    Posted at 22:17h, 01 June

    Canada just doesn’t do BBQ like the USA. I would live to have my family come take in a good ole BBQ environment in North Dakota.

  • Laura
    Posted at 22:19h, 01 June

    Looking forward to the BBQ and bands

  • Fay
    Posted at 22:20h, 01 June

    Food, entertainment, shopping, hotel with pool, US hospitality, … doesn’t get much better. I love North Dakota!

    Posted at 22:28h, 01 June


  • Fran Folkerts
    Posted at 22:30h, 01 June

    Sounds like an amazing time!! Good food and good music!!

  • Charlene
    Posted at 22:41h, 01 June

    I would enjoy just being away for the weekend the most! Also seeing my 4 year old in the big sand box!

  • Tammi Brennan
    Posted at 22:47h, 01 June

    Would love to go to Minot and eat ribs!!!

  • Garnet Leib
    Posted at 23:17h, 01 June

    Haven’t had good Ribs since my last trip to MINOT!

  • Dianne Leib
    Posted at 23:18h, 01 June

    Looking forward to Minot Ribs and shopping.

  • Dave vatamaniuck
    Posted at 23:22h, 01 June

    Love Minot and LOVE ribs!! Why not Minot…?

  • Chris
    Posted at 23:23h, 01 June

    looking forward to the ribs!!

  • Ed Broome
    Posted at 23:36h, 01 June

    I have been to the stock car races 4 times a year for the past five years except the one flooded season.I enjoy the shopping and many friendly people in Minot.Would love to win to help offset the dollar exchange.

  • John Webber
    Posted at 23:39h, 01 June

    Ribs and Music in Minot got to love that!!!

  • Tina
    Posted at 23:46h, 01 June

    Mmmmmm ribs!!

  • Shelly-Anne McKay
    Posted at 23:47h, 01 June

    What I am most excited about at the Magic City Ribfest is the live entertainment and the Ribs!!!

  • L. Kirby
    Posted at 23:50h, 01 June

    The opportunity to visit our neighbours to the south is always a welcome thing!

  • Gail
    Posted at 23:50h, 01 June

    Having my fill of my favourite thing! RIBS!

  • Cal
    Posted at 23:53h, 01 June

    RIBS and hotel sex? WOOHOO!!

  • Trish
    Posted at 00:24h, 02 June

    I think I am most excited to try some really good BBQ!! Never been to Minot and want to find out what all th fuss is about!

  • Robert Komosky
    Posted at 00:27h, 02 June

    Hmmm Ribilicious Ribs and so much to entertain the Family

  • Marilyn
    Posted at 00:33h, 02 June

    I love coming to Minot.. And I never stay over night , so to be able to stay 2 nights in a lovely hotel And have the opportunity to Experience all those ribs, PLUS enjoy the entertainment!!
    I never win anything, but I am crossing my fingers

  • George
    Posted at 00:34h, 02 June

    That sounds like an amazing weekend please enter me in the contest

    Posted at 00:38h, 02 June

    2 free nights


  • Debbie
    Posted at 00:39h, 02 June


  • debbie charlton
    Posted at 00:39h, 02 June

    BBQ !

  • Deb Owens
    Posted at 01:00h, 02 June

    Sounds Great!!!

  • Tricia
    Posted at 01:28h, 02 June


  • Fran Folkerts
    Posted at 01:38h, 02 June

    Sounds like an awesome time to be had in Minot!!

  • susan genaille
    Posted at 02:26h, 02 June

    Our Canadian family love to go to Minot as it is so friendly, the people are very informational on telling us where to go for great sites, shopping and eating! It is a clean and brightly lit city with lots to see and do. Please consider us for this prize.

  • Marnie
    Posted at 02:34h, 02 June


  • Glen S
    Posted at 02:34h, 02 June

    Looking forward to some good eatin’!!! Yummy ribs!!

  • Rick
    Posted at 02:35h, 02 June

    Minot is always a home run

  • cookie
    Posted at 02:37h, 02 June

    Love Minot and who doesn’t???

  • Connie Thomas
    Posted at 02:48h, 02 June

    I love Minot. My husband and I enjoy visiting this beautiful city. I would love to win the weekend of the Magic City Ribfest. We have never been to one sounds amazing we love ribs. Your city always has amazing events we have met so many wonderful people in your city. We would be honoured if you picked us for the beautiful weekend and help celebrate the Rib Fest . Minot is a great place to spend a great time !!!! Can’t wait as said be honoured as never been to an event it would be special. Thanks.

  • Angela M
    Posted at 03:19h, 02 June

    LOVE Minot and hubby loves ribs , so can’t be a better combo !!!!!!!!!!

  • Cindy N
    Posted at 03:22h, 02 June

    I would love to bring my husband for the ribs……of course we would do some shopping too 🙂

  • natalie
    Posted at 04:53h, 02 June

    I have never heard of the Rib fest but it sounds absolutely delicious. Would love to taste it!!

  • Kit Peterson
    Posted at 05:15h, 02 June

    I have been traveling to Minot since 1975 to play handball. Minot just feels like home to me!

  • Teresa Minty
    Posted at 05:28h, 02 June

    Sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family. I love ribs!

  • Brad Smorodin
    Posted at 12:08h, 02 June

    Ribs are my favorite and couldn’t think of a better place to eat them than the Minot rib fest

  • Lynn Sanya
    Posted at 12:41h, 02 June

    Oh the ribs! We love BBQ ribs – and the music is a close second…

  • Barb
    Posted at 13:04h, 02 June

    Would love a trip to Minot and a good feed of ribs!

  • Heather Parker
    Posted at 13:18h, 02 June

    I am most excited to spend a family weekend in a great city. Good good and fun. Time to relax and enjoy a little more of ND.

  • Ashley
    Posted at 13:45h, 02 June

    This is such a cool idea!!!! Alain, my wedding anniversary is the 20th so what a fantastic way to celebrate! I love ribs and I love Minot!

  • Melanie
    Posted at 13:47h, 02 June

    The whole weekend sounds great! We love Bbq at our house so the ribs sound great!

  • Jody
    Posted at 14:41h, 02 June

    WHY NOT MINOT??? I have been going to Minot since I was a young kid, and it still is one of my favorite weekend getaways – add in summer, music and Rib Fest and who could resist? The Magical City still holds magic for me!!!

  • Wendy
    Posted at 15:12h, 02 June

    Ribs, ribs and more ribs….need I say more!!

  • Traci Gaucher
    Posted at 16:01h, 02 June

    Didn’t know you were having a rib fest!! Sounds exciting. Love ribs and all the fixins. Since I am from north of the boarder, this would be a great excuse to come on down and enjoy the Magic City!!

  • Pat C
    Posted at 16:24h, 02 June

    WOW!!!!ribs , bouncers , and sand plus hotel. GREAT!

  • Val Wray
    Posted at 17:34h, 02 June

    Great food and great entertainment. How could you ask for more

  • Sandi
    Posted at 18:07h, 02 June

    For sure the ribs – and the hospitality of our southern neighbors. Always a good time

  • Shannon
    Posted at 18:32h, 02 June

    I always love a new adventure and this sounds perfect. Besides I also love ribs and music!

  • Jackie
    Posted at 19:21h, 02 June

    Seeing all the bands,good food,and being on a vacation with my husband and daughter.

  • Kathy Abel
    Posted at 19:25h, 02 June

    Too long since our last visit to Minot, and RIBS are my FAVOURITE!

  • Rhiannon Kircher
    Posted at 21:25h, 02 June

    Because nothing beats summer sun, food, and music!

  • Jan
    Posted at 23:24h, 02 June

    Sounds like a lip smacking,finger licking good time!!!

  • Pat Shields
    Posted at 00:21h, 03 June

    Ribs! Would love to visit your city to see what it’s all about!

  • Anna
    Posted at 00:23h, 03 June

    BQ ribs …..I’m in for sure

  • Bernadette
    Posted at 01:26h, 03 June

    YUMMY!!!!! Love Minot!

  • Bernadette
    Posted at 01:26h, 03 June

    Love Minot and love ribs!!!

  • Marianne Neustaeter
    Posted at 02:16h, 03 June

    Love minot

  • annette boutin
    Posted at 02:50h, 03 June

    The ribs, the Hotel Rooms, The Shows, Is there anywhere else a person would rather be? No!!!!!!!!!! No other place than Minot because Minot is the Best and most Fun Place to have a GREAT TIME!! 🙂

  • Florence Anderson
    Posted at 03:03h, 03 June

    Sounds exciting , there something for everyone. Sand castles and music memories can be made to share with family and friends.I really love to check this out.

  • marlin roske
    Posted at 03:35h, 03 June

    I am glad to find the rumors of Minot folks damaging vehicles and verbally abusing people from Saskatchewan has been straightened out by the Visit Minot and Tourism Minot. I was a frequent visitor to Minot and now feel welcome to revisit Minot (Have been visiting Bismarck).

  • Barb
    Posted at 03:48h, 03 June

    I just love Minot, pls enter me in the contest.

  • Alison
    Posted at 05:34h, 03 June

    Live music, ribs and a bouncy house – yes please!!!

  • Wanda Klotz
    Posted at 05:48h, 03 June

    My husband loves bbq ribs. We have been talking about going state side lately. This would be a great get-a-way.

  • jean langston
    Posted at 12:09h, 03 June

    love coming to Minot , did not know you had a rib festival , it would be great to win we love ribs and Minot

  • Greg Lawrence
    Posted at 12:18h, 03 June

    It has been a couple of years since being in Minot so munching out on BBQ ribs for 2 days will be awesome!

  • Blaine Herperger
    Posted at 14:51h, 03 June

    Always like visiting Minot. Great idea to have the Magic Rib Fest over 4 days. Love to win.

  • shelley
    Posted at 16:39h, 03 June

    This is my husbands 60th birthday on June 19th and I would love to tell him we have a free weekend in Minot, as we go their 3 or 4 times a year. Love the shopping and entertainment. Also the RIBS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sabrina
    Posted at 19:46h, 03 June

    Tasty BBQ!

  • James
    Posted at 20:33h, 03 June

    Excellent Promotion! Even more incentive to visit “Magic Minot”

  • Dianne in Saskatchewan
    Posted at 21:02h, 03 June

    I adore Minot, especially for shopping, and attending a huuuggeeeee BBQ sounds like an absolute blast!

  • Glen Forbes
    Posted at 21:44h, 03 June

    Ribs are our absolute favorite along with our favorite city, priceless

  • John G
    Posted at 23:44h, 03 June

    Great food, yummy ribs.

  • Ryan
    Posted at 02:20h, 04 June

    Are you kidding a giant sand box and ribs? How can you go wrong!

  • Tracy Hannant
    Posted at 03:29h, 04 June

    Would love to check it out for the first time!! My family would love the food (and the weekend getaway!!)

  • Dale Keating
    Posted at 12:26h, 04 June

    I like to try various methods
    sounds like a winning idea
    enter me in the contest

  • LJ
    Posted at 13:11h, 04 June


  • L G Jerry Sayer
    Posted at 13:54h, 04 June

    Sounds great to us…… finger lickin’ ribs … super music and we would also like to get in a round of golf etc..

  • Keith Parry
    Posted at 21:48h, 04 June

    It’s all about the BBQ! Finger licking good fun!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 03:20h, 05 June

    Love Minot! What a great contest

  • Iris
    Posted at 04:12h, 08 June

    Sounds wonderful!!!! Please enter me — can’t wait to hear from you, contacting me to tell me I won!!! Thanks!!!!

  • Becky
    Posted at 19:13h, 13 June

    Music, food, and friends!

  • Katie
    Posted at 14:55h, 15 June

    I’m excited for the ribs and of course kat Perkins!!

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