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The Second Congregational Church of Boxford is hosting it’s third annual summer celebration at ifarm LLC! The Boxford Rib and ‘Shoe Fest will feature great games, delicious food competitions, and craft beer brewed with ifarm hops by Agape Brewing Community. Events will include a Ribs Cook-Off, Pie Bake-Off, and a Horseshoe Tournament. All proceeds will benefit the Second Congregational Church.
Come sample a smorgasbord of different ribs and pies, drink some great beer, and try your skill in the horseshoe ring.
Adults (age 13 and over): $7 online | $10 at the door
Children (age 12 and under): Free
Please bring cash to purchase your tickets!
Ribs competitors do not need to purchase general admission tickets. Competitors in the Pie Contest and Horseshoes Contest need to purchase general admission tickets in addition to their contest tickets.
Contestant Entry Fees:
BBQ Ribs Contest – No entry fee (please reserve a free ribs competitor ticket above).
Must prepare at least six racks of ribs. See rules below.
Pie Contest – $10 per pie plate
Must prepare at least one pie (any flavor), 9″ diameter or larger. See rules below.
Horseshoes Contest – $20 per team of two
Judging and awards are included in the entry fee.
Schedule of Events:
6 am: Ribs Contestants can set up to begin grilling
2 pm: Doors Open. Food is available for purchase
2:15 pm: Horseshoe Tournament Begins
2:30 pm: Ribs Judging Begins
3 pm: Pie Judging Begins
4:15 pm: Victors of the Ribfest and Pie Bakeoff are announced.
4:45 pm: Victors of the Horseshoe Tournament are announced.
Tickets are $3 each, purchase at the door (cash is preferable).
2 tickets for a Main Course (ribs or burgers)
1 ticket for Sides, including hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, baked beans, and many flavors of pie.
We will have a cash bar with wine and three craft beers. The beers will be a Strawberry Love cream ale, a Lemongrass IPA, and a traditional IPA, brewed with organic ifarm hops!
Tickets for food are purchased at the door. Please bring cash.
Ribs Contestants: Entry fee is waived but must bring and prepare a minimum of six racks of ribs. Please reserve a free ribs competitor ticket above.
Pie Contestants: $10, with at least a 9″ pie plate. May enter more than one pie ($10 entry fee for each pie).
Horshoe Contestants: $20 per team of two.
Competitors may register online or at the door. The entry fee will be waived for all ribs competitors and any competitors that bring four adult friends. This will be done via the honor system (yeah, we trust you). Awards will be presented, but let’s face it, this is all about bragging rights!
For issues specific to online payment or PayPal, please contact info@ifarmboxfordor 978-887-0878.
For all other questions regarding the event and rules of competition, please contact Rusty Chadwick at 978-500–3459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBQ Rib Judging Rules
Rib contestants may set up on Saturday at 6 a.m. to begin grilling. Each rib competitor must prepare at least six racks of ribs. The entry fee is waived for ribs competitors.
- Each contestant is responsible for presenting a ‘warm’ serving to the judges and a minimum of six racks to serve people attending the event. Judging to occur at 2:30 p.m.
- Tasting serving is two ribs, served on an otherwise empty plate without sides and handed to a Rib Fest staff member who will present the serving along with an assigned identification number to the judges for blind tasting. Judges may choose to clean their palates with saltines, grapes or water between servings.
- After all rib servings have been tasted, judges confer, then all contestants, as a group, shall hear the judges’ comments and the winner will be announced.
- Scoring is done on a nine-point Hedonic Scale devised by Dr. Harry Lawless of Cornell University with suggestions from Meathead Goldwyn.
- Key considerations: appearance, tenderness, flavor and whether the judge wished he/she/they could have a second serving.
Pie Judging Rules
Competitors in the Pie Bake-Off must pay a $10 entry fee per pie plate, minimum size 9″ diameter. Competitors may enter more than one pie ($10 fee per pie).
- Pies must arrive by 2:30 and be checked in by Rib Fest Staff Member. You are responsible for bringing a pie large enough to provide one single size serving to each judge (3 in total). The remainder will be served to people attending the event. Judging to occur at 3:00 p.m.
- Pies can be of any type. Contestants may enter more than one pie contingent upon payment of
separate entry fee for each.
- Tasting serving is one pie slice, served with one scoop of Benson’s vanilla ice cream on an otherwise empty plate and given to a Rib Fest staff member who will present the serving along with an assigned identification number to the judges for a blind tasting. None of our judges have
food or nut allergies. Judges may choose to clean their palates with water or ice cream between servings.
- After all pie servings have been tasted, judges will confer, then all contestants, as a group, shall be given the judges’ comments and the winner announced.
- Scoring is done on a nine-point Hedonic Scale devised by Dr. Harry Lawless of Cornell University. Key considerations are appearance, texture and flavor and whether the judge wished he/she/they could have a second serving. The Hedonic Scale Scoring Sheet to be used by judges is posted online and at event.
- Guiding philosophy for the judges and contestants: “You eat with your eyes
but the brain knows not what the tongue wants so judging can be tricky.”
-Harry Soo, BBQ Master.
- Rules may be changed prior to start of Rib Fest.
Horseshoe Tournament Rules
The Horseshoe Tournament begins at 2:15 p.m. Judging will be double elimination and traditionally scored. The entry fee for each two-person team is $20.
- Double Elimination Tournament to start at 2:15 p.m. or at the discretion of the judge. Tournament will be governed by the Rules of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association unless otherwise modified below.
- The scheduling of teams and games are to be as follows: A. In the order of when the team signed with online registrations going first, and ‘day of’ registrations second; or B. At the discretion of the judge, any teams present at the time a game may start; or C. At the discretion of the judge.
- Before utilizing any pit for practice or a game, obtain the judge’s permission.
- Traditional scoring: first team to 21 wins. Points: 3 points for a ringer, 2 points for a leaner and 1 point* for the closest shoe that is within 6″ of the stake, 0 points for shoes more than 6″ away from the stake. Teams score their own games. The judge has the final call in any dispute.
- After each inning, no horseshoe shall be touched until scoring is complete and agreed upon.
- Scores shall be reported the judge. Only the judge may enter the scores into the official Tally Sheet.
- Tie-breakers to advance to next round: A. Winner of head to head game or B. Highest number of ringers in last two games or C. Highest points last 2 games.
- Drinking* beer, wine, etc. is allowed during play and while watching games, but drink containers of all types must remain out of the pit and pit area.
- Do not toss a horseshoe without first ensuring the course is clear.
- Do not walk between pits when teams are playing or practicing.
- Rules may be changed prior to the start of the tournament.
* Signifies deviations from NHPA. This tournament is for fun and bragging rights.