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Mark Your Calendar for the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off

Apr 24, 2013 02:00AM
  The Amelia Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (AICVB) has announced the entertainment lineup for the 2013 Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, August 23-24. The free, two-day cook-off features tasty barbecue from some of the top competitors in the country, served with live musical entertainment from six exciting bands and performers. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, August 23, Jimmy Parrish & The Ocean Waves Band will start things off, followed by Orlando-based ‘80s and ‘90s rock cover band Rockit Fly, back by popular demand. On Saturday, August 24, the live music begins at 1 p.m. with Island Vibe; local favorite Face for Radio and the Beech Street Blues Band.  At 7 p.m., Boston former lead singer Fran Cosmo will take the stage to perform many of the band’s greatest hits, as well as newer hits from the 2006 album “Alien.” The Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off is held at Main Beach on Amelia Island starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 23 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. The cook-off will feature more than 60 professional and backyard (amateur) teams.  Several of the professional teams are traveling to Amelia Island from across the country. Each team will prepare a variety of barbeque entrees, including chicken, ribs, pork, brisket and more, as they compete for more than $20,000 in prize money and trophies.  In 2013, the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off will be one of just 12 high-profile Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) sanctioned events to participate in the Smithfield® Rib Super Series. The Smithfield® Rib Super Series is a points chase competition with bonus money payouts for the top three finalists in the Ribs category, at each contest, and overall. All professional participating teams will also receive two complimentary racks of Smithfield Spareribs to use as their turn-in or for experimentation. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase food and drink from various vendors throughout the day. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Kid’s Zone with fun and exciting games, such as laser maze and human hamster ball races. The 2013 event features the Turner Ace Hardware People’s Choice Contest, in which teams will compete for the public’s vote. From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, guests can purchase a $10 wristband allowing them to sample barbeque from all participating teams and then vote for their favorite. A limited number of wristbands will be sold and are available at the information tent. Attendees at the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off can also enjoy the VIP Pig Pub with shaded tables and bar seating, fans, cold beverages and a great view of the stage.  There is a $5 per day cover charge and guests must be 21 years of age or older to enter the VIP Pig Pub. For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, to register to participate as a professional or backyard team or for schedule details, visit