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
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
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
benefit the U.S. Open’s efforts to promote the
music arts in Marion and
About the US Open
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.