RibMania V at Ribfest Chicago XVI

Date: 06/06/2014
Location: Chicago, IL
Winner: , Ribs
Total Prizes: $4,000 total cash purse


It's bad news for ribs: Major League Eating is proud to announce its return to Chicago's fetching northside for RibMania V at Ribfest Chicago XVI. (Side note: While it may be bad news for ribs, it is VERY good news for those interested in seeing more use of Roman numerals in public life. MLE is proud to support this cause.)

That is because RibMania at Ribfest Chicago has long inspired the world's greatest eaters to new heights of excellence. At last year's event—which, of course, was called RibMania IV at Ribfest Chicago XV—saw Miki Sudo claim her first career MLE first-place prize check, as she edged out World Number One, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and other heralded and more experienced MLE talent. At the conclusion of the event, Miki Sudo smiled, and the Chicago twilight was bright and warm for hours as a result. Michelle Lesco of Tucson, AZ, finished second for a one-two women's finish—a first in sanctioned rib-eating competition.

At stake this year is the RibMania Cup, glory, free ribs and a share of a plump $4,000 prize purse! Will it be you? Come to Chicago's northside! Compete against the world’s best! Cheer the greats of our sport! At the table or in the crowd, don’t you ever miss it!

This contest will take place at 6pm Central, on Friday June 6, 2014 at the Chicago Reader Stage at 4168 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL, as part of the 16th Annual Ribfest Chicago Festival.

1st - $2000
2nd - $800
3rd - $600
4th - $300
5th - $200
6th - $100

About Ribfest Chicago!
Ribfest Chicago returns with more smokin' music and barbecue as we cook up some new twists for Chicago's favorite festival, which will take place on Friday, June 6, from 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, June 7, from Noon to 10 pm; and on Sunday, June 8, from Noon to 10 pm.

This nationally recognized music festival features 20 bands—a hot blend of Indie, pop, indie roots and alt country to create one of the most unique lineups in the city. The 5th Annual RibMania features top-ranked professional eaters at the Midwest's only sanctioned rib-eating contest on Friday night, and families can spend the weekend in Kids Square enjoying entertainment, inflatables, games and more.

Ribfest Chicago has contributed nearly $250,000 to Northcenter schools and nonprofits in addition to funding chamber projects and annual programming.

Please note: This contest is restricted to participants aged 18 and over.

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.