Save the Date!
July 24, 2021 Noon-10PM
At Stinson Park – 2285 South 67th St

2020 Ribstock Cancelled

Here at the Millard Business Association, we love our BBQ. However, more than BBQ, we love our community.

The Ribstock committee has made the difficult decision that moving forward with this year’s Ribstock BBQ Festival with a July date is not possible. Based on the state of Nebraska and the City of Omaha’s guidelines for social distancing and group gatherings, we recognize July 25 may be too early to bring our community together safely.


Ribstock BBQ Festival will be back July 24, 2021 at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. SAVE THE DATE, and we look forward to seeing you then.

Ribstock supports the mission of two nonprofit organizations – Food Bank for the Heartland, and the Millard Business Community Foundation’s Project Wee Care. Without Ribstock, valuable funds that support our charity partners are lost. Here’s how you can help:

• Make a financial contribution to Food Bank for the Heartland or the Millard Business Community Foundation’s Project Wee Care.
• Volunteer your time at one of these great organizations.
• Continue to patronize our great BBQ partners via their restaurants and food trucks.

We are better together, and you play an important role. Let’s continue to work together to flatten this curve and support our community.

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The story of Ribstock centers on the idea of bringing people together for a love of BBQ and community.  The concept of hosting a local BBQ festival started with a simple conversation between MBA members Jeff and Michelle Helany and current Ribstock Chair, Kenny Englemeyer. Jeff had suggested a BBQ event based his memorable experiences in the south. Kenny loved the idea and decided to take this concept to father and son professional BBQ-ing team, Steve and Jeff Gehring.  Having experience with local fundraising, and after seeing Project Wee Care’s Distribution day, Steve and Jeff were so excited by what they saw, they couldn’t help but jump on board. From there, Ribstock was born!!

Ribstock 2020 continues the themes of business, community, and BBQ, which is truly what this event is all about. There have been so many people within the community and Millard Business Association that have contributed to this event and every year it continues to grow. Ribstock has generated thousands of dollars for our designated charities and we look forward to 2020 being another amazing year.

Supported Organizations


Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, Food Bank for the Heartland is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that distributes food to 600 food pantries, schools, emergency shelters, and other nonprofit partners. We are the largest food bank in Nebraska and Iowa, serving 93 counties in the two-state region.

Fighting hunger is an ongoing, collaborative effort. We work with individuals, organizations, food manufacturers and distributors, grocery stores, the USDA and Feeding America to procure food. The Food Bank also purchases food to supplement donations. For every dollar we receive, we can provide three meals.

Food Bank for the Heartland operates its own programs that serve vulnerable populations directly. They include Kids Cafe, BackPack, Mobile Pantry, SNAP and Kids Cruisin’ Kitchen. As the number of hungry children, families and seniors increases, these programs expand to meet the growing need.

We moved to our current 76,000 square-foot facilities in 2011. During 2018, we distributed 22 million meals to our nonprofit partners that have touched the lives of people in the community. We are grateful to the individuals, organizations, and companies that support our vision of eradicating hunger in our community by donating time, money and food.


Every December the efforts of Project Wee Care comes together at their annual Distribution Day. With the assistance of many community members and donations, Project Wee Care is able to provide food, clothing, school supplies, and gifts to help our friends and neighbors. At Distribution Day 2016 alone PWC was able to impact around 330 families, over 1,100 people in total. Ribstock is honored to support the goal of creating a strong community where children have a bed to sleep in, coats to wear in winter, and warm food on the family table.


We truly believe in the importance of education in our community and adhere to the motto: “The young adults we help today are tomorrow’s future.” Over the last 8 years, the Scholarship Fund has distributed approximately $60,000 in scholarships to graduates from the Millard Public High Schools and VJ Skutt Catholic High School. Your attendance and support of Ribstock will help us continue to foster the educational excellence and leadership of our community.




  • Gates open to the public
  • Bars open
  • BBQ vendors open
  • Entertainment Zone
  • Sales of sample cards begins from sponsor tents
  • Car Smash beings
  • Photo booth


  • Live Entertainment: TBA
  • Rib sampling begins for “People’s Choice” award


  • Cornhole Tournament Begins


  • Rib sampling concludes
  • Bluehouse ends


  • Live Entertainment: TBA


  • Car Smash ends


  • Gate closes







Ribstock will feature Omaha’s premiere BBQ Vendors!

You can sample a variety of the vendors below by purchasing your People’s Choice Rib Sampling tasting card (see below for more details)  or purchase menu items from the individual vendors.  We are incredibly excited to welcome the following BBQ professionals to Ribstock!

People’s Choice Rib Sampling

Peoples Choice Contest – Help us pick our “People’s Choice” winner for 2019.  How this works.  You purchase a tasting card from any of our sponsor tents at Ribstock.  Each card is $10 and will entitle you to 4 ribs from various vendors.  Once you try each rib you can now use your tasting card to vote for your favorite.  Not full after 4 ribs, buy another and sample some more!!  Sampling goes from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Get your cards early because we will run out.  Each card will have random vendors on them for you to sample.



Families are not going to want to miss this yearʼs Entertainment Zone from Hinesglow Entertainment! People of all ages love the corn pools, water walking balls, air brush tattoos, face painting, and bumper balls that will keep the party going all night long!




  • How much is it to get into Ribstock?

    Admission is Free for Ribstock.  Food, beverages, and entertainment activities are available for sale at the event.

  • What type of payments are accepted at Ribstock?

    This is a CASH ONLY EVENT!  ATMs will be on-site for your convenience.

  • Are coolers allowed at Ribstock?

    No outside food or drink will be allowed. Beer, soda, water and other beverages   will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds being donated to support the efforts of the Millard Business Association and the Millard Business Community Foundation.

  • Will there be food other than BBQ available?

    Local BBQ is the reason we have Ribstock. But for those not so enthused Super Saver will have hamburgers and hot dogs available for purchase.

  • Can I bring the kids?

    Ribstock is meant for the whole family! Please bring the family and your friends…we say the more, the merrier!

  • Where is parking available?

    There are four parking garages at Aksarben.  One located behind Liv Lounge, one attached to Blue Cross Blue Shield, one behind Pacific Life, and one behind HDR.

  • Is Stinson Park dog friendly?

    Dogs are welcome anytime on a leash.  We provide potty bags in the green receptacles, which are located along the sidewalk in the park.

  • Are tables available?

    No, please bring chairs and/or blankets, umbrellas if necessary, koozies for your cans and plastic cups for other drinks.  No glass is allowed. Please do not bring tents, canopies or stake anything into the ground.