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Adventure Ribfest 2018

October 18 - 21, 2018

Late Addition - click here for GPS files

The BMW MCON and the GS Giants are excited to present Adventure Ribfest 2018, one of the most popular events on the calendar each year. Return to the Waggoner farm in beautiful Centerville, Tennessee in the heart of Hickman County for The Best Ribs You Can Ride To.

Hickman County and the surrounding areas host some of the best riding in the country.  Dual sport riding can be found for all skill levels, from first-time dirt riders to those looking for more challenges.  If dirt, gravel, and streams don't suit you, there are paved roads that rival the best of East Tennessee.

Our site includes plenty of shady spaces for camping, with nearby motels, and all the ribs and chicken that you can eat, lots of other activities, and some of the best camaraderie in the motorcycle world.

Click Here To Register For The Rally
If the above link does not work, please click Calendar at the top of the page, navigate to October, and click on Ribfest.


Online Registration is limited to 150 registrants.  

Early Registration

  • You must register prior to October 7th.
  • Price: $80. This includes dinner Thursday, breakfast and dinner Friday and Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.

Regular Registration

  • Register after October 8th.
  • Price: $105. This includes dinner Thursday, breakfast and dinner Friday and Saturday, and breakfast Sunday.
  • Registration on site is also $105, including meals.

Day Pass

  • Kids under 6 – free
  • Kids 6 - 13 – $10
  • Adults $30

Day passes include dinner. – Pre-registration is strongly advised if you plan to eat ribs!


Ribfest t-shirts in gray or red are available for $15 each, with your registration or at the rally.  Quantities are limited - to ensure you get your size, order when you register.  Click the pictures below for a larger view (pictures will open in a new browser tab).

Click Here To Register For The Rally - If this link does not work, please click Calendar at the top of the page, navigate to October, and click on Ribfest.


This rally site is primitive tent camping. There are Porta-potties but no showers.

There is a hotel approximately 3.5 miles from Ribville:
  • Quality Inn & Suites - (931) 729-5600


Naturally, Saturday is Rib Night - after all, that's how the event got its name. All the ribs and fixins you can eat, all evening long.

Every rally-goer's favorite, Don Stover will make another appearance in Ribville to serve you breakfast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and dinner Thursday and Friday. Menus will be announced at the site.

All those meals are included in a Full Rally registration. Dinner one night (ribs Saturday night, if you're smart) is included in a Day Pass.

There are a few good places to eat nearby (Rubee's, Breece's, Homestead), and nearby grocery stores.

Buy beer at the Exxon or Shell station.

Free coffee and moderately-priced soft drinks will be available on site every day. 



We loved them and they loved us - Route 40 will be back for two nights of entertainment.

Breaking News - TAARA Training!

Our good friend Tom Asher will be back to help you learn to be a better adventure rider.  Whether you're new to off-road riding, have a fair amount of experience, or are more advanced and adventurous, you can bump your skills up in one of Tom's classes.  Here's the updated class schedule:
  • Friday - Intermediate class
  • Saturday - Beginner class
  • Sunday - Advanced class
 If you take the Sunday class you can camp Sunday night, but you're on your own for food and drinks.

Each class is $150 for the full day.  Limit 10 per class.

Visit the TAARA website for more details and to register. 

What's New This Year?

Rides - The crew has been cooking up some new guided and self-guided rides and touching up the old ones - GPS files will be available at a later date.  They're also putting together a nifty paper map of most of the dirt roads in the county, which will be available at the rally in limited quantities on request.

If you want to see some of the best kept secrets of the county, join the Ride With the Master, led by the guy who knows more about the back roads of Hickman County than anyone.

Yeah, we know the bridge sucked last year, and it was easier to ride through the creek.  This year it will be a pedestrian bridge only, so if you're bringing the ol' Electra Glide, be prepared to get your feet wet.  If your name is Bob and you're bringing an Africa Twin, you might as well just drop it in the creek now.

What Hasn't Changed?

Fun to participate in, fun to watch - The GS Giants trials competition will be the centerpiece of Ribfest again this year, and rumor has it Jim Bean is cooking up his most diabolical course yet.

Ribs.  All you can eat.  Yup.  (The rest of the food is pretty darn good too.)

The camaraderie that you don't find anywhere else - it's why you really go to Ribfest.  Unless you're coming for the ribs... but we won't tell anyone.

The Rules
  • No dogs
  • RVs are welcome, but must park on the lower part of the farm, left side of the road just after crossing the creek.



  • Show up Thursday anytime to get your favorite camp-site.
  • Registration 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM
  • Dinner by Don


  • Breakfast by Don
  • Show up Friday anytime to get your next favorite camp-site
  • Registration 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • TAARA Intermediate Adventure Rider Training
  • Guided Rides - Check at the on-site registration desk for departure times and meeting points.  
  • Dinner by Don


  • Breakfast by Don
  • Registration 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • TAARA Beginner Adventure Rider Training
  • GS-Giants Trials (Sign-up at Ribfest, donations welcome for GS Giants Club, prizes). Even if you're not a dual sport rider, GS Giants Trials are fun to watch! Check out the video at the following link: Link to Video.  


  • Coffee... lots of coffee, please.
  • Breakfast by Don
  • TAARA Advanced Adventure Rider Training
  • Hang out as long as you like, ride the dirt roads.
  • Break camp, ride safely, see you next year.

GPS Files

Some new routes and some classics - download them all and take your pick!

These are new this year:

Ribfest Road Ride

Ribfest Dual Sport Intermediate Wet Ride

Ribfest Dual Sport Intermediate Dry Ride

These have been around awhile but are still good rides:

Dual Sport Easy

Dual Sport Intermediate

Dual Sport Advanced

Ribfest Road Ride

Directions & Contact Information

The Rally site is a privately owned farm approximately 50 miles southwest of Nashville.

  • From the intersection of TN 100 and TN North 48 (there is an Exxon on the corner), ride North 0.3 miles then turn right onto Bells Branch Road.
  • Ride 1.8 miles then take the left fork onto Bells Branch Trail. This is now a smooth dirt road.
  • Ride 0.3 miles to driveway on the left. There is a green gate. There will be signs.
GPS coordinates:  35.8629, -87.4328 or 35°51'46.6"N 87°25'57.9"W

Verizon cell phone service is fair, other carriers are spotty.

Click Here To See A Map

To contact the rally chairs, email

Click Here To Register For The Rally
If the above link does not work, please click Calendar at the top of the page, navigate to October, and click on Ribfest.

Chartered Club #101
Chartered Club #111