Rhythm 'n Ribs

The co-chairs of the Rhythm ‘n Ribs committee pronounced the 2018 event a huge success financially, in attendance and in just how much fun everyone had. 

“We raised $38,782, which The Health Foundation can put toward the purchase of new equipment for the lab in the Yorkton Regional Hospital and we held an event that is good for Yorkton and region,” Bruce Thurston said. 

“Our goal when we started organizing this event two years ago was to create something that people would enjoy, that people would attend in large numbers and to have it be a free event that would be family friendly; the kind of event that would have something for everyone over the three days,” continued Mr. Thurston. “We think we’ve succeeded. We think we’re on the right path and people are pleased with how everything is set up.”  

Ron Skinner added, “Over 15,000 attended Rhythm ‘n Ribs in 2018, so people must enjoy it. Last year was our first year and people were curious about the event, but they came out in huge numbers for a first year event. This year it was a busy weekend with a lot of competing activities, and the event still grew.” 

“We are pleased to be able to contribute $38,782 to The Health Foundation for medical equipment. Clearly this is an event worth continuing, and we are happy to announce Rhythm ‘n Ribs will be held again next year; the same last weekend of July.”

Summer of 2019

Rhythm 'n Ribs will be held at the Yorkton Exhibition Grounds on July 26, 27 and 28, 2019 with another great lineup of entertainment and BBQ providers.

Admission is free!

Entry forms for artists wishing to perform and for amateur BBQers are below. Get your entries in early!

Entry forms

Please note:

The application form for performers, and supporting material, must be sent to

The entry form for the amateur BBQ competition must be sent to

Application form and Information for performers (pdf)


Amateur BBQ competition entry form (pdf)


Entertainment, food and drink

The weekend features continuous entertainment on stage, bringing a mix of country rock and classic rock to the festival. The music is provided by local groups and musicians, as well as headliners on Friday and Saturday night and early Sunday evening. 

Champion BBQ outfits from across Canada serve up a variety of southern-style barbeque, including favourites like ribs, brisket and chicken, accompanied by corn bread, coleslaw, baked beans and more. 

Individual food items range in price from $5 to $30, depending on hunger level and taste. 

The Balloon Saloon Beer Garden sponsored by Re/Max Blue Chip Realty is open every day, serving up cold craft beef and traditional favourites. 

The amateur BBQ competition, a popular success in the first two years, will be back again. Amateur teams compete against each other for prize money and bragging rights.



An event like this requires lots of volunteers to be a success, and to help raise money for The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan. 

With government providing only a very small portion of the funds required to buy necessary equipment for our healthcare facilities, The Health Foundation is dedicated to raising the money needed to look after the healthcare needs of all of us in this part of the province. 

Volunteers help out in many ways:

  • Beer garden
  • Selling tickets for the beer garden
  • Selling 50/50 tickets
  • Security / gate crew
  • Clean up crew
  • Parking coordination
  • General set up Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 

Volunteers are asked to work any of the following three to 3 1/2 hour shifts, and are provided with shirts that indicate they are volunteer assistants:

  • Friday: 3:30 to 7:00 and 7:00 to 10:00
  • Saturday: 9:30 to 1:00, 1:00 to 4:00, 4:00 to 7:00 and 7:00 to 10:00
  • Sunday: 10:30 to 2:00, 2:00 to 5:00 and 5:00 to 7:30

Interested in voluteering? Let us know through our Contact Us page.