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At the end of August every year, Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, near Reno, turns into a six-day, must-attend culinary, music, craft and family end-of-summer affair known as the The Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. Admission is free, and the Kids Area is open every day. Concessions are available during even hours only. Besides all the great food, live entertainment fills five stages throughout the event.