Ribs take over downtown Saturday

Know and Go: What: Fourth annual Rib Fest Where: Downtown Lincoln, on Fifth Street and F Street When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Admission: Free Information: Visit for more information.
By: Stephanie Dumm, News Messenger Reporter
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Just one week after the legendary Nugget Rib Cook-Off in Sparks, Nev. wraps up, Lincoln will get its own taste of barbecue goodness this Saturday during the fourth annual Rib Festival. The Rib Festival is produced by Friends of Lincoln Kids, a nonprofit organization that donates proceeds from its events to programs providing activities for Lincoln’s youth. The nonprofit’s founder and president, Jeff Greenberg, will take care of advertising, figuring out where to put vendors and organizing his volunteers, which are among others tasks he’ll be doing in the days leading up to the festival. For those visitors at last year’s Rib Festival, there will some new activities to look forward to. “This year, we have a much larger kids’ zone, and it will be on the corner of F and Sixth streets,” Greenberg said. “There’s a mechanical bull, a bungee jump and some slides.” For food, some familiar vendors will return, including Greene’s Back Porch BBQ, Big Joe’s BBQ and La Crepe a Moi, plus some new ones including a vendor selling Brazilian food. Sam Parks, from Colfax-based Greene’s Back Porch BBQ, is one of the first festival participants and said it’s “Greenberg, the crowd and the fun” that keep him coming back year after year. “They enjoy being out there, and for the past four seasons, it’s been a sunny day for people to come out and have fun,” Parks said. “That’s what draws the Lincolnites.” Another new addition to this year’s Rib Festival is the antique fair and doll show, which is being organized by Shirley Russell, an active volunteer with the Lincoln Public Library and Lincoln Area Archives Museum. Russell said the doll show will be at the Lincoln Women’s Club, where residents will bring their dolls to sell and festivalgoers can “come through and just look or buy.” There will be dolls on display, from “cheap little dollar dolls to expensive porcelain,” according to Russell, who will also sell items in the doll show. “I’m bringing a mixture of doll house furniture, books on doll collecting, Barbie clothes. It’s just a big mixture,” Russell said. The antique fair will feature several booths, all selling a variety of antiques, according to Russell. She said the Friends of the Lincoln Library will sell vintage and antique books. Russell and the Lincoln Area Archives Museum will also have a booth in the antique faire. “It has a mixture of books, lace, spools of thread, buttons, framed pictures, and possibly a sewing machine,” Russell said. Fifty percent of the proceeds from her booth’s sales will go to the Archives Museum, which will be open on Saturday during the Rib Festival, and will feature a car show of its own. “There’s a miniature car show in there, with Hot Wheels,” Russell said.