Big City Events and EVENT Live Joint Venture – Annual Ribfest Event


Big City Events and EVENT Live Joint Venture to be Exclusive Sponsorship & Activation Agent for Northeast Exchange Club’s Annual Ribfest Event

St. Petersburg, Fla. (April 10, 2014) – The Northeast Exchange Club, producer of Ribfest,

has agreed in terms with a joint venture entity formed by Big City Events, LLC and OBCIDIO, LLC (Event Live) to be the exclusive sponsorship and activation agent for its annual Ribfest event.  The 2014 Ribfest is scheduled for November 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2014 at the Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

As the exclusive sponsorship agent, Big City Events and Event Live will procure new sponsors, renew existing sponsors, develop creative sponsor benefits, and fulfill those benefits.

“Gone are the days where you can just put a sponsor logo on an event poster… Big City Events has developed expertise in onsite brand activation at events and festivals that will yield the highest ROI for sponsors”, Monica Varner, Partner at Big City Events.

EVENT Live, the official mobile app for Ribfest was first deployed at last year’s event allowing organizers to have a direct line of communication with attendees, while helping sponsors like Mike’s Hard Lemonade interact in real-time with the crowd. Currently, EVENT Live is the only event based app on the market that offers brands non-static interactive advertising options including contest, polls and surveys through a live social stream.

“With Big City Events joining the team we can now combine interactive mobile advertising, on-site activation and traditional advertising options to both current and potential sponsors. This unique and highly effective advertising package for Ribfest 2014 is something other festivals in the country currently can’t offer their sponsors, so we couldn’t be more excited about this groundbreaking opportunity” Ryan Waier, CEO EVENT Live

“We are very excited to be joining forces with Big City Events and EVENT Live to grow and enhance our corporate sponsorships and also to continue to enhance the experience for  our guests each year at Ribfest.”   David Hood VP of Marketing for Ribfest.

Ribfest garners more than 40,000 attendees throughout the weekend thus attracting major regional and national brands to activate at the event.


Media Contact:

David Hood, Northeast Exchange Club  –  Ribfest|

Ryan Waier, Event Live | 813-468-6549 I

Monica Varner, Big City Events | 813-786-7480 |

Ferdian Jap, Big City Events | 727-452-6984 |

About Northeast Exchange Club/RibFest: Founded in 1970, this club’s members of men and women donate countless hours of volunteerism to the support of their core values of Family, Community and Country. The major fundraiser operated by the Club is the annual Ribfest™ held on a waterfront park in St. Petersburg. The 3-day fundraising event requires year-around planning and has become the premier charity event in the City, with music, ribs and family fun.  For over 25 years Ribfest™ has raised over $4 million dollars. The net proceeds have continued to help our community with it’s efforts to prevent child abuse, help build a new children’s’ hospital, contribute to many youth oriented causes, help individuals in need, and promote Americanism. –

About Big City Events: Big City Events is special event planning company based in Tampa, Florida specializing in production of festivals.  Big City Events has produced many popular Tampa events, including the upcoming Tampa Bay Margarita Festival, Summer of Rum Festival, Bourbon & Brew and many more!

About Event Live: Event Live, a product of OBCIDIO, LLC, is an interactive event app for festivals and events deployed by organizers around the world to get paperless, engage attendees, collect data, and gather crowd analytics. EVENT Live also allows users to find other events going on around them from both a mobile app and website. Download EVENT Live by OBCIDIO in your app store and use Access Code: Rib to enter.


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