Indy BBQ RibFest hits downtown this weekend

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The Indy BBQ RibFest is this weekend and the event's rib masters were already grilling bright an early Friday morning at Military Park.

The event runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at Military Park in downtown Indianapolis.

It features eight national award-winning rib teams who have been featured on the Food Channel, as well as some local favorites.

Admission is free every day until 2:30 p.m with a nominal cover after that — $7 ages 16 and over and $5 for students, police, military, fire personnel and seniors. Kids 15 and under are free. On Sunday, admission is $3 for adults.

An organizer said prices are much more affordable this year.

The rib teams are also offering free sides from 11:30 a.m-2:00 p.m. during lunch on Friday.

"We thought, let's bring it (free sides) back and show people we're serious about what we're doing," said Mark, the said organizer.