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Deet's BBQ wins local prize at 30th Rib-Off

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Deet's BBQ in Maumee picked up the local prize for best ribs for the third year in a row at the 30th annual Rib-Off.  Butch's BBQ took the national prize and Hollywood Casino's "Pork Fiction" won the approval of celebrity judges.

The weather was perfect for the last day of the event held at the Lucas County Fairgrounds.

Cedarcreek Church sponsored free admission on Sunday and vendors said it did help draw a crowd and that sales had improved over last year.

Associate pastor Kyle Gray said, "The reason we do it is for an outreach to the city. To say we're no different from you. We love ribs, we love music and it's been really cool for us to sponsor that and see a lot of vendors shut down early because they didn't plan for so many people."

This year's event featured headliners like Bret Michaels and Kansas.

Mike Mori from the Toledo Blade said it was the best turnout they'd seen since the paper took over sponsorship of the event six years ago.  He says they already have a waiting list for vendors who want to compete next year.

"The whole rib thing. There's a lot of talk about it on TV, a lot of cooking shows. The whole foodie thing, I think it's growing."

Planned Pethood is this year's Rib-Off charity. A donation will be made to the non-profit out of any net proceeds.

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