10 fast facts about the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off
While you decide which of the dozens of food booths to stop by at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, impress your friends and family with your knowledge of the event.
1. Competitors call this event the "Super Bowl of Ribs."
2, This year, 24 of the most-decorated rib cookers will compete for a total cash purse of $14,500, and the title of Best in the West.
3. More than 500,000 people descend on Victorian Square in Sparks for the event. They ate 241,000 pounds of ribs in 2014.
4. Each cooker will offer three to four ribs on their sampler plate. So, you can pace yourself and not fill up on the first day (or hour).
5. A lot of the vendors accept credit cards, but some still prefer cash. There are ATMs at the event, but save some time in line by coming prepared.
6. Daily shuttle service from the Outlets at Legends mall will run from 5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. There is no shuttle service on Monday. The pickup location will be in the unpaved lot between Fuddruckers and Popeye's, and the drop-off location is the RTC Centennial Plaza on Victorian Square.
7. Rib Cook-Off receives national media attention every year, including the Today Show, TMZ, the Travel Channel, USA Today and the New York Times. Organizers say it's consistently named one of the top food festivals in the country.
8. According to an economic study commissioned by the Nugget, the event brings in $24.8 million to the area, including $8.5 million in gaming revenue, $5.5 million in hotel revenue and also brings 243 local jobs.
9. On Wednesday, Sept. 2, Major League Eating, the governing body of all stomach-centric sports, will host the 10th annual Nugget World Rib-Eating Championship. The country's best competitive eaters, including No. 1 ranked Matt "Megatoad" Stonie and No. 2 Joey "Jaws" Chestnut will vie for $5,000 in prize money.
10. Joey Chestnut won the Nugget World Rib-Eating championship in 2014 after eating 9.27 pounds of ribs during the 12-minute contest.