After the year everyone has had, we could all use a big celebration! And the Avon Chamber of Commerce has planned an epic celebration that is sure to be a highlight of the summer in Hendricks County, Indiana.
Mark your calendars for June 26 when the Hendricks County Rib-Fest & Balloon Glow returns after a one-year hiatus. That return even includes a move to a new location and some other new surprises! Here's all the details for this one-day, family-friendly event.
History & New Location
Rib-Fest began in 2005, and has moved twice during that time because it has continued to grow and get better.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I have lived in Hendricks County for over a decade and never attended this signature community event. I'll be righting that wrong this year!
I've been told by those who have experienced it that it is a must for both locals and visitors who love good BBQ, music, hot-air balloons, children's activities and gathering together on a beautiful summer day. It is free to attend (just $5 for parking) at its new location -- Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex in Danville, which will allow for more food vendors than ever!
On June 26, get your morning started off right by participating in the 5K Rib Run/Walk. The Kiddies can also get in on the action and show off their speed in the Kid's 1/4 Slab Run.
Trust me, you will want a calorie deficit going into the evening festivities, so grab your family and friends and earn the coveted Rib Runner Finisher Medal.
NEW THIS YEAR! If you aren't quite ready to run among the crowds, there is even a virtual option.
Register by clicking here by June 13 and the cost is just $30 for the 5K or $15 for the Kid's run.
Of course, it's not a summer celebration without plenty of mouthwatering food. As you've probably already guessed, ribs are the star of this show!
The festivities will begin and food vendors start serving at 4 p.m., so dinner is covered on June 26. If you don't want to stand in line, you can even purchase food tickets in advance.
There will be plenty of finger-licking-good options from a variety of BBQ vendors. Feast on creations from local and well-loved vendors such as Kickstand, Barbeque and Bourbon, Delia's Ribs & Catering and many more.
Local celebrities will determine the “Best Ribs” & “Best Sauce” among the participating vendors so you know they will all be bringing their A-game!
A variety of other vendors also will sell sweet treats and an array of festival-style eats. So come hungry, and leave stuffed!
NEW THIS YEAR! A designated alcohol area will serve beer and wine at this year's Rib-Fest to those 21 and over. So, for the first time, you can enjoy a cool, refreshing adult beverage with your BBQ.
A cold frosty one and melt-in-your-mouth BBQ...now that's summertime!
For the Kids
No need to get a babysitter for this event as there will be plenty of entertainment for the youngins.
Plan to visit the petting zoo and then let the kids wear themselves out with plenty of jumping in the bounce houses and other inflatables.
And the kids' activities are all free!
NEW THIS YEAR! The Colts in Motion interactive exhibit is sure to be hit with football fans of all ages.
Hot Air Balloons
While your lips get to feast on tasty cuisine, Rib-Fest also provides a feast for your eyes. As the sun begins to set (around 8:45), the Balloon Glow will take center stage.
Hot air balloons will light up the Hendricks County horizon with a colorful display. Have your camera ready for this Instagram-worthy, photo-op that is sure to impress the whole family and make sure to use the hashtag #inHendricks so we can find and share them, too!
Don't forget your lawn chairs and plan to stick around for the finale as the Hendricks County sky lights up with a spectacular fireworks display.
The show begins at dark and will be the perfect way to wrap up Rib-Fest 2021.
Before you head to the fairgrounds, download the Hendricks County Rib-Fest App on your smartphone. Access the Rib-Fest map, the event schedule, a list of food vendors and more, all at your fingertips.
You can also get in on all the Rib-Fest buzz by following @hendrickscountyribfest on Facebook and @hcribfest on Instagram.
Learn even more about Rib-fest, including volunteer opportunities by clicking here.