BBB Investigates Ribfest Promoter

NAMPA, Idaho- Vendors contacted KBOI 2News furious about the Ribfest. It took place in Nampa two weeks ago. Now the Better Business Bureau is investigating the marketing company for the event.

Dale Dixon, BBB President, says the controversy began as soon as this years event was pitched by Knock Out Promotions.

"Vendors unhappy about the promises made," Dixon said. "Claiming 100,000 people would be in attendance and vendors would have some type of exclusivity for their product at the event."

The BBB has ten formal complaints, more e-mails, from vendors steaming about bounced checks and broken promises.

Sharron Pence, of Meridian, is one of those vendors.

"They've yet to return a phone call or email," Pence said.

Pence wants her $750 back because she says the event didn't deliver.

Now the question is where is Chilifest? That event is scheduled for next month and is also promoted by Knock Out. Several vendors have already signed-up.

"We can't find a specific date or venue that is locked down with a contact signed," Dixon said. "How can you sell an event that really has no home and no date?"

Dixon says what's going on is bad business and the BBB is working to get vendors answers.

The Truth Squad tried calling Kasey Thompson, who runs Knock Out Productions, but hasn't heard back. The BBB also has not had any phone calls or e-mails returned.

When KBOI 2News spoke with Thompson at the Ribfest he blamed the hot weather on the poor turnout and vendor dissatisfaction.