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The Event

The 4th Annual Rock N Ribs returns to the beautiful campus of Marion Technical College and The Ohio State University at Marion, Route 95 in Marion (1/4 mile west of US 23) on Saturday August 7th, 2010.

This year's event features the annual Rib Burn Off with five local contestants battling it out to be named the best ribs in town. Two categories are offered for the potential winners - a judged category for the grand prize, and a "People's Choice" category where you get to vote who you think had the best ribs! The judged category winner receives a trophy, $500, and a free quarter page ad in the Marion Star, with the "People's Choice" winner receiving a trophy along with bragging rights for the rest of the year.

Enjoy a full day of music with 9 live bands performing on stage while you eat!

Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets! No coolers will be permitted to be brought to the event.

The Car Show on the Green, located on the front lawn of The Marion Campus, returns this year as well. Admission to the car show is free. Registration runs from 12-2pm, and fee is $10 per vehicle entered in the show. Awards will be given out at 4pm.


The full day event starts at 12 noon and is expected to end at 10:00pm, with gates opening at 11:30am. Admission is just $3 per person for the entire day.

Proceeds benefit the U.S. Open’s efforts to promote the music arts in Marion and
Community Radio.

About the US Open

The U.S. Open Drum and Bugle Corps Competition was started in Marion in the late 1960s as a collaboration of Marion area businesses, civic groups, and Marion Cadet members and alumni as a way to give the activity a national showcase, with large prize monies awarded. The event was an immediate success, as corps made certain Marion was on their summer schedule.

After over 35 years as a part of Marion history, the U.S. Open is now facing change. Changes in the activity, the controlling influence of DCI (Drum Corps International) and a change from these events being staged as competitions for prize money vs. competitions for appearance fees have all contributed to the change. An event that lasted 3 full days with over 40 corps competing has since been reduced to one evening, with about a half dozen corps appearing, and now to where the event has been put on hiatus.

The U.S. Open was granted a license to operate a community radio station at 97.5FM. This station serves the community, while serving as an awareness and fundraising tool for the US Open. Along with the radio project, the U.S. Open has widened its mission to promote the musical arts in the Marion Area.

The goals of the U.S. Open Commission are to oversee the operation of the radio station, and fund local scholarships and musical arts programs. The Commission can then look ahead to re-establishing a musical competition and show, that may include Drum and Bugle Corps and/or high school bands.



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