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Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest returns in 2021 following last year’s COVID-19 cancelation

Charles Pinkney from B&M Bar-B-Que in Cleveland smokes slabs of ribs at the Berea Rib cook Off...
Charles Pinkney from B&M Bar-B-Que in Cleveland smokes slabs of ribs at the Berea Rib cook Off in Berea, Ohio Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)(ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Published: May. 10, 2021 at 10:02 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest is returning to Berea this summer.

The annual event was canceled in 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus, but will be held once again this year over Memorial Day weekend from May 28 to May 31 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.

Organizers said entry may be limited and masks could be required so that guests can adhere to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control or state of Ohio

Ten rib teams from throughout the country will convene at this year’s event to compete for one of three major awards:

  • Best ribs
  • Best sauce
  • People’s choice

Craft beer from brewers that include Platform, Saucy Brew Works, Rhinegeist, and Yuengling will also be offered at the event.

Other attractions include family-fun activities, live music, and a Corvette car show

Admission is free from noon until 5 p.m. on opening day. Admission will then be $5 for the remainder of the event.

Berea’s National Rib Cook-Off & Beer Fest started in Northeast Ohio in 1999.

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