Good food, great weather and a variety of activities marked the seventh annual Rhythm & Ribs event in downtown Albion last Saturday, Aug. 27.
Total attendance was estimated at 800 people, with 22 grilling teams competing for the $2,200 in total prize money.
New winners were named in several competitions this year. The ribs competition was judged this year by the Greater Omaha Barbecue Association after grillers had worked throughout the day on their specialties.
“We had something for all ages this year, great weather and music, and people stayed and participated for the whole time,” said Albion Chamber President Lori Krohn.
Top 10 teams for Ribs were: 1.Just Smoke It (Troy Watson and Jim Mescher), 2. Porknography, 3. Zombie Q, 4. Risky Ribs, 5. Whiskey, Wine & A Little Swine, 6. Niobrara BBQ, 7. Pits Up BBQ, 8. Big Hoss BBQ, 9. Iron Horse BBQ, 10. S & B Crew.
Top 10 teams for People’s Choice: 1. Good Guy/Bad Guy, 2. Big Hoss BBQ, 3. Just Smoke It, 4. Magnum PIG, 5. Main Street BBQ, 6. Porknography, 7. Team Farrier, 8. Mercury BBQ, 9. S & B Crew, 10. Beans & Franks.
Life-Size Beer Pong (top 3): 1. Josh and Sarah Peter, Jeremy and Amber Graves; 2. Jeff Camp, Jordan Bonham, Morgan Jones, Jim Dickerson; 3. Tom Mangus, David Dubas, Sever Paulson, Steve Paulson.
Cornhole Tournament (top 3): 1. Bryan Smith and Tyler Trelles; 2. Steve Gragert and Dan Slaymaker; 3. Trent Kraus and Jim Bader.