MARSHFIELD – Before the gates even open for the Marshfield Community Rib Cook-off, smoke and mouth-watering savory scents will waft through the Marshfield Fairgrounds as competitors gather before 5:30 a.m. to prepare their recipes for the thousands of expected attendees and judges.
The 14th annual cook-off Saturday, Sept. 10, is expected to draw a record 3,000 hungry barbecue lovers from across the South Shore, said Stephen Halko-Sheehan, president of the Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off nonprofit.
"Between the music and the food and the cost of the event, it's very reasonable for a family to come and have some fun, enjoy themselves and be able to experience the event full throttle," Halko-Sheehan said.
Gates will open to the public at noon and the feasting festivities will last until 6 p.m.
There are 28 teams set to compete, and Halko-Sheehan said Monday that two slots were still open.
Twelve judges will award prizes to the three tastiest recipes. Attendees will vote to select a crowd favorite.
The public will be able to sample the ribs and add sides to their plates. Fetch BBQ and Five C Catering will have mac and cheese, baked beans, collard greens with pulled pork, homemade potato chips and more available for purchase. B's Homemade Ice Cream will offer cold treats and Stellwagen Brewery, another Marshfield-based staple, will provide beer and wine.
Children will be able to climb into Marshfield police, fire and DPW vehicles.
Jim Sylvia, Despite Dwight and Cindy Lou will be the musical acts.
Entry wristbands are $5 if ordered before the cook-off on the organization's website and $7 at the gates. Money raised will support the Marshfield Food Pantry, Marshfield FACTS, foster care for children, the Clift Rodgers Library and the North Community Church.
The Marshfield Community Rib Cook-Off raised $15,000 in 2020 and $30,000 in 2021. This year's fundraising goal is $50,000, Halko-Sheehan said.
Tickets, registration and more information are at mcrco.org.
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