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Hundreds turn out for Yankton's Rib Fest

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Rib cookers like Ron Eskens spent Saturday competing to have the best ribs. Rib cookers like Ron Eskens spent Saturday competing to have the best ribs.
YANKTON, S.D. (KTIV) -

Things heated up in Yankton, S.D. on Saturday. And we're not just talking about the weather.

The streets were lined with barbecue grills, smokers, tents and, most importantly, meat. 21 competitors vied for the title of best ribs during the town's annual Rib Fest. They were judged on taste, tenderness and appearance. Rib-masters came from all over the Midwest to try their hand at the competition, but there was a lot of fun involved, too.

"It's a huge block party," Ron Eskens, whose ribs placed second in the competition, said. "Everybody has fun. This is my fourth year doing this. It's just a blast. I enjoy doing this, I don't do that many contests but I do this one every year because it's a lot of fun."

Other vendors were also on hand as people came out to taste-test and judge the ribs for themselves. Rib Fest also featured a kids area. The all-day event allowed many to come out and enjoy the good food.

"It's a local event, and there are local people here that put on rib booths," Judie Shull said. "A lot of the kids go to the little kiddie playhouse thing, and you just have a good time."

The difference between first and second place in the rib competition was just two points.

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