The organizers of Twin City RibFest have announced that the festival will no longer be held.
"We had a great run, but it's time to call it a day. Thanks to all of you who supported us over the years. We will miss you."
The festival, founded by Allen McDavid, featured barbecue pitmasters from North Carolina and other Southeastern states and offered a host of music acts over a three- or four-day period each June.
The festival began downtown in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church, then moved to Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, then back downtown to the Fifth Street parking lot of the Winston-Salem Journal, and then back to the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.
At its height, the festival attracted tens of thousands of people each year, but it struggled at times to find and maintain a steady audience.
Mary and Connie Adams of Greensboro wait in line for some award-winning Porky-N-Beans Bar-B-Que while attending Ribfest downtown on June 18, 2005.
Joe Mount of Winston-Salem enjoys some ribs while attending the Ribfest downtow on June 18, 2005.
Lawyer George Francisco takes a big bite out of a rib from Pig Foot BBQ Company Friday at RibFest. He said he had just come from a case at the courthouse and decided to stop for lunch on his way back to his office.
Patrick Williams of Winston-Salem eats some ribs from the Checkered Pig at the RibFest on June 15, 2007.
Rich Gibson of Pig Foot BBQ Company bastes ribs at the RibFest on June 15, 2007.
Journal photo by David Rolfe -- 06/13/08 -- Matt Catanzarite enjoyed a plate of ribs at the RibFest in downtown Winston-Salem on June 13, 2008.
Mario Glenn was turning ribs under the watchful eye of Aubrey McDonald at the booth of Carolina Rib King from Spartanburg, S.C., at Winston-Salem's downtown RibFest on June 13, 2008.
Journal photo by David Rolfe -- 06/13/08 -- A giant smoking gun marked the booth of Texas Thunder at the RibFest in downtown Winston-Salem on June 13, 2008, where Carl Stagg was served a plate by Nicole Schoose.
Timothy Grandinetti of Dr. Brownstone's BBQ shows off some smoking ribs at the Twin City RibFest Saturday. Dr. Brownstone's, a Winston-Salem competitor, won the People's Choice Award at the 2008 RibFest and was back again on June 13, 2009.
Journal photo by Lauren Carroll -- 06/13/09 -- Joe Jackson of Smokin Joe's Ribs prepares a few racks of ribs during the Twin City RibFest on June 13, 2009. Smokin Joe's is based out of Columbus, Ohio, and has the slogan "We serve no swine before its time."
Mable Gartrell, left, and Andrae Butler, both of Winston-Salem, save time by eating ribs from Pigfoot while waiting in line for more ribs from Carolina Rib King at the Twin City RibFest on June 13, 2009.
"Brisket" Bob Ledvina, of Pigfoot, endures the smoke while cooking during the 2012 RibFest in the parking lot of the Winston-Salem Journal in Winston-Salem on June 7, 2012.
Journal photo by Lauren Carroll -- 06/07/12 -- Bryan Hooks of Statesboro, Ga. samples ribs from Pigfoot at the Twin City RibFest on June 7, 2012.
Romey Bridges of Winston-Salem checks out the menu at Carolina Rib King, one of the competitors at the Twin City RibFest on June 7, 2012.
Johnny and Pansy Young of Carolina Smokin' Johns smile with their trophies as Grand Champion winners. They also won the Home Boy trophy.
Journal photo by Bruce Chapman -- 06/06/13 -- Restaurant owner Mark Little works on a slab of ribs at Bib's Downtown during the 2013 Twin City Ribfest at the corner of Fifth and Spruce streets in Winston-Salem on June 06, 2013.
Tom Allred of Winston-Salem enjoys his ribs in a shady spot on June 8, 2013, in Winston-Salem.
Journal photo by Bruce Chapman -- 06/04/14 -- Casey Borah, of "Skin & Bones" sets up the trophy table during preparations for the 2014 Texas Pete sponsored Twin City RibFest at the Winston-Salem Journal parking lot in Winston-Salem on June 4, 2014.
Tim Grandinetti, Liz Kiger and John Turner dug into judging ribs for RibFest on June 7, 2014.
Liz Kiger tears into a rib as a judge in the ribs contest at RibFest on June 7, 2014.
Ed Coulburn, Pit Master and Owner of Poor Piggy's, flips a rack of ribs on the grill June 11, 2015 during RibFest.
RibFest 2015 kicks off on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Winston-Salem.
Six-year-old Janiyah Fomond enjoys an ear of roasted corn at RibFest on Thursday, June 11, 2015 in Winston-Salem.
Ed Coulburn, of Poor Piggy, poses with his trophies for best sauce and Grand Champion during the 2016 Ribfest at the Journal parking lot in Winston-Salem on Saturday June 11, 2016. Coulburn is from Wilmington.
Niada Cradle, of Clayton, samples of the fare from Poor Piggy during the 2016 Ribfest at the Journal parking lot in Winston-Salem on Saturday June 11, 2016.
Darryl Holland bites into a BBQ King Smokehouse rib at the Twin City Rib Fest on June 1, 2017 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Holland said she had been to the RibFest every year and bought about $50 worth of ribs for herself and her kids.
Roy Pannent, with Blazin' Bronco BBQ, removes ribs from the smoker at the Twin City RibFest on June 1, 2017 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds.
The Marshall family from Mobile, Alabama, was busy setting up their Off The Bone BBQ stand at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds on June 6, 2018, for the start of the Twin City Ribfest.