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Ribfest fans getting used to new venue

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The W. H. Lyon Fairgrounds are filled with great food and music for the 17th annual Sioux Falls Ribfest.

After 16 years in the parking lot of the Sioux Falls Arena, this is the first year Ribfest is being held out at the fairgrounds. Many people at Ribfest’s opening night were just started to warm up to the new venue.

“When people start coming to a place year after year, it’s a little hard sometimes to get them to change, but I think this might be alright,” said long-time rib vendor Dennis Carrino, owner of Florida-based Porky-N-Beans.

“We're still getting used to it being in a new place because we've been to it at the other place for so long. So we're hoping to love it because there is a lot of room here to move around,” said long time Ribfest fan Carol Warring.

The wide open space has many others welcoming the fairgrounds with open arms.

“I like the new location, for an older person, I like that we can grab the brisket sandwiches that I love while I’m here, but I can get a little bit further away from the band and still enjoy my beer,” said Randy Bohn, visiting Ribfest from De Smet.

“This is a much bigger space there is definitely more things out here to do and see, you can bring the kids out and throw the Frisbee in between the bands and its just a great spot,” said long time rib vendor Paul McKay from Australia.

“Quite honestly one of the nice things about being out here is we've got real grass and real trees which we didn't have at the Arena,” said Huffman.

And with headliners like Loverboy, Rick Springfield and Lynyrd Skynyrd, more space is very welcome this year.

“It was a good thing that we ended up moving out here because then we got our big sponsor Dollar Loan Center and they have a lot of good contacts in the music business and they really put together a good line up and I think we're going to need more space because we'll have more people,” said Huffman.

“Music always draws people…they have more entertainment here this weekend than probably three previous years combined,” said Carrino.

While the big headliners are sure to draw a crowd, many people are happy to come out to Ribfest to sample the great ribs from all over the country.

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