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Published June 08, 2011, 07:18 PM

2011 RibFest kicks off at the FargoDome

Here’s an introduction to the men and women behind the grills at RibFest, and the rib-lovers who love to eat.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Community members are coming out to rate the rib joints. Ribfest kicked off today.

5 dollars will get you through the gates, then you can buy ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and other treats. Windy weather led to a slow start, but 50 thousand people are still expected to attend.

ROB SOBOLIK - Fargodome Executive Director “We're off to a strong start given everything that's going on and everyone seems to be happy and time to kick off summer again with the 16th Annual Happy Harry's RibFest."

The same 7-competitors are coming back this year for another battle of the best tasting ribs. Almost two thousand people came out for lunch.

Here’s an introduction to the men and women behind the grills, and the rib-lovers who love to eat.

ED JACOBS - Porky N' Beans: It's gotta be the smell.

The mouth-watering, finger-licking goodness of barbeque ribs.

Jacobs: "They fall off the bone."

It's not a terribly warm day, but the heat is on behind the banners that decorate each rib joint.

Jacobs: "They aren't standing in line.”

Porky N'Beans is pushing the limit, selling smoked ribs by the rack.

For the last three years, they've reigned supreme, and are working on their fourth win. Maybe it's the special sauce....Or maybe its those smoking secrets.

Jacobs: "Well, I could tell you, but then, you know..."

Either way, Porky and Beans is pulling people in.

Kelsey Roseth: These guys barely have time to take a break. But for the rest of us, we get to take a bite into the best part of RibFest.

MISSY LUBITZ - Perham, MN: "Our favorite is Willingham's. Their seasons are great and the sauces are sooo good.”

RibFest is fun for some men we talked to because to them, it's a way to celebrate everything meat.

BRYAN DECKARD - Fargo: "I'm a beef guy, so anything with beef I like."

RYDER WEISCHEDEO - Wahpeton: "Yeah I think it's a guy thing."

All the unique eating is causing barbeque fans to flock to RibFest...

Lubitz: "and I love them they just all smoke em so different."

And its going be difficult driving by. The smell of savory sauces is sure to make one stop for some succulent ribs. Ribfest runs 11 A-M to 11 P-M through Saturday. Sunday hours are 11 to 5.Tonight at 9 PM, 32-Below takes the stage.