About Ribs for Kids

Ribs for Kids is Petaluma Active 20-30's biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds support our mission to serve underprivileged kids in Petaluma, especially funding our annual Children's Shopping Spree- our biggest charitable event of the year. Last year, we were able to sponsor 50 local kids with new clothes, shoes, school supplies, and haircuts in preparation for Back to School, and we hope to sponsor even more this year!

Read more about Children's Shopping Spree here.


Ribs for Kids started a few years ago with an idea- We wanted to create a rib cook-off competition for the home gourmet; not professional chefs and restaurateurs, but the backyard barbecuer. The inaugural event was held on June 27th, 2015 in the parking lot of Mario & John's Tavern, with about a dozen competitors, beer, games, and good times. But in order for Ribs for Kids to become Petaluma's premier rib competition, we knew we would need a larger space and a kid-friendly environment. In 2016, we moved to the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma, and the event was a huge success!

Each year, Ribs for Kids has got bigger and better- and 2018 is no exception! We're excited to be hosting this year at Lucchesi Park, with more competitors, more food, more activities, and more fun for the whole family!

Previously at Ribs for Kids...


1st Place- Pork Slayers, 2nd Place- Orchard Supply and Hardware, 3rd Place- Sexy Slab BBQ, People's Choice Ribs- Pork Slayers, People's Choice Side- Pork Slayers, Most Spirited- Sax's Joint

1st Place- Twin Oaks, 2nd Place- Sauced, 3rd Place- SauceSquatch, People's Choice Ribs- The Pork Slayers

Past Sponsors Include:

Mario & John's Tavern, Petaluma Hills Brewing Company, 101 North Brewing Company, Plow Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Lowe's Home Improvement, Three Twins Ice Cream, Karah Estate, Korbel, World Centric, Safeway, Rivertown Feed, Flamez Grill, Friedman's Home Improvement, Rex Hardware, Tractor Supply, Trader Joe's, Costco, Orchard Supply & Hardware, The Roaring Donkey, The Shop, Copperfield's Books, Brewsters, Chunky's Taqueria, Starbucks, Yogurt World, Pizza Guys, Great Clips, Petaluma Coffee Company, Renew Yoga, Ray's Deli, Sonoma Spirits, Griffo Distillery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Fishman Supplies, City Sports Club, Graffiti, Mi Pueblo, and Vine & Barrel Wines