Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (CCLMC) announced the official date of the Southeastern BBQ Showdown (SEBBQSD) August 31. The inaugural Southeastern BBQ Showdown will be held June 14 and 15, 2024 at Segra Park.
“This inaugural event will be the first ‘Food Sport Competition Event’ ever to be held in a Sports Complex in the United States. The goal of this event is to attract tourists to the area as well as regional visitors,” said Miriam Atria, President/CEO of CCLMC.
The two-day event opens June 14 with South Carolina night. Attendees will be able to sample the South Carolina BBQ chicken wing competition, engage in interactive exhibits, cheer on the team for the home plate prizes, and shag the night away to the Band of OZ.
On June 15, 30 BBQ teams from across the competition BBQ world will cook and provide samples. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in time to watch celebrity chefs preparing for the final stage presentation. Celebrity judges will be on hand for the grand finale and the presentation of the awards, along with the event’s Emcee, Mark Conway of Mark Conway Media. The two-day event ends with a Country Music Concert and fireworks finale.
“Our team is so excited to welcome in all of the competitors for the Southeastern BBQ showdown, and we can’t wait for Segra Park to be filled with all of the wonderful smells that come with a BBQ cooking competition. What could possibly be better than combining award-winning BBQ with great music and some ice-cold beverages to kick off the summer,” said Brad Shank, President of Columbia Fireflies Baseball.
Future announcements will include the names of the music artist, BBQ teams, vendors/exhibits, and more.
Photo courtesy of Cola Daily and CCLM