If Blue Oyster Cult, Craig Morgan and Chase Bryant, didn't bring in the 25,000 people who flocked to this year's Kalamazoo Ribfest, it was the smell of smoky and sweet barbecue!

Downtown Kalamazoo was packed Aug. 6 through 8 with people who were hungry for finger-lickin'-good barbecue from across the country. They came for the barbecue, brews and to watch incredible bands from near and far.

Dana Schmitt, Kalamazoo Ribfest organizer and live events manager for Townsquare Media Southwest Michigan, said the three-day festival drew "great crowds" each night.

"The rib vendors had fun cooking their specialty barbecue practically non-stop — several even had to close up a little early on the last night since the demand wiped out all their product," Schmitt said.

"Seeing more than 25,000 people come out to not only enjoy the great barbecue and entertainment, but also support the Arc Community Advocates, was awesome!" Schmitt said. "We’re looking forward to more fun again in 2016!”

If you missed this year's party, you won't want to miss it again next year. Keep watch on the Kalamazoo Ribfest website to find out when you can join Kalamazoo Ribfest 2016!

People’s Choice Winners:

  • 1st: Harris and Harris Catering
  • 2nd: Park Street Market
  • 3rd: Porky N Beans

Best Ribs in Kalamazoo Winner:

  • Boomba’s BBQ