Thousands Expected at Rib Cook-Off

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Memorial Day weekend is all about kicking back, relaxing, listening to good music and enjoying some lip smacking BBQ.

All those ingredients can be found at the 22nd Marc's Great American Rib Cook-Off and Music Festival.

Thousands of people are expected to attend the event at the West Bank Flats in Cleveland.

"Amazing," said Tim Richard, of Cleveland. "I mean, we just got these ribs about a half slab of ribs...unbelievable, unbelievable."

Rib lovers got in line to try out the BBQ from 10 different Rib pit masters from all around the country.

"It's worth it because these ribs are really, seriously they are, I enjoy the different ribs and the different food. It's good," said Helen Griffin, of Cleveland.

Pit masters said they love what they do; it's all about the competition at these rib cook-offs, and they all want to win one of the coveted trophies.

Wayne Winters is one of the pit masters at Porky and Beans. They've won rib cook titles two years in a row. Last year they were voted best sauce, ribs and people's choice.

"Well, truthfully, we take it very serious. We are all amongst friends, everybody, is a bunch of great people down here but we have a job, and we want to make it look good to everybody and we make it happen," said Winters.

Aly Lupinetti, 20, is the youngest female pit master at the rib cook-off. She's been around the rib cook-off circuit for 16 years and took over the family business after her father, Butch passed away.

She's said being a pit master is not just for boys anymore so she enjoys the competition.

"No, I'm not intimidated at all. I know everyone here. They are all great to me. They all tell me if I ever need anything. All I say is as long as you are good behind a grill and you can read a thermometer, anyone can do it," said Lupinetti.

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