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Ribfest set for June

MERRIMACK – The Great American Ribfest & Food Truck Festival will debut in Merrimack, at the Budweiser Brewery Experience on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16. Lots of barbecue, music, games, beer, food trucks, and good times are on tap for the weekend.

There will be ribs, chicken, pulled pork, and all the fixins. There will be plenty of beer, but soft drinks, as well.

The event will feature two bands on Friday, four on Saturday, and three more on Sunday.

“We are extremely excited to bring this landmark event back,” Robert Best, president-elect of Merrimack Rotary, said. “When we heard the event was canceled after 16 great years and so much good work done for local charities, we started thinking about what we could do to save it for the community. And fortunately, we’ve found a great team to help us make this a reality.”

One of those team members is Dan DeCourcey, event organizer and proprietor of Up In Your Grill, a local Merrimack barbecue truck.

“It’s hard to improve on the Ribfest we all know and love, however, we’re going to try our best,” DeCourcey said. “Our first step in that direction is family-friendly pricing. We’re really making a conscious decision to deliver wallet-friendly value for families with lower online tickets, and a family pack price that should really roll out the red carpet for the community. Not only are tickets cheaper, we’re budget-conscious on food and beverage prices too.”

Online tickets are on sale now at www.GreatAmericanRibfest.com for $8 adults (those age 16 or older), $4 kids (those ages 2-15), and a $25 Family Pass (two adults and three-plus kids). With a $10 Kids’ activity pass, little ones will have all-day access to the children’s area.

“All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Merrimack Rotary Club which supports the local community and beyond,” Best said. The Rotary Club annually supports local needs from college scholarships for local youths, Coats for Kids, Habitat for Humanity, three local food pantries, Pure Water for the World, and many other important causes.

“It takes a lot of effort to put on an event of this scale,” DeCourcey added, “so we greatly appreciate our friends at Anheuser-Busch, and the many other supporters in the local community.”