MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - For the first time in the event's history, the eighth annual Beach, Boogie & Barbeque Festival is offering a $10,000 cash prize to the winner of South Carolina's official barbeque championship.
That's not the only change to the end-of-summer extravaganza that will take place Labor Day Weekend. A new event layout will ensure the event is bigger and better than ever. It runs Friday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31, from noon to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 1, from noon to 5 p.m. The festival is held at Grand Park at The Market Common and will feature finger lickin' good barbeque and food from both vendors and competitors available for purchase, along with free live entertainment all three days and a fireworks extravaganza.
Over $20,000 in cash prizes will be awarded during this three-day event. Registered cooking teams will compete for the chance to win $10,000 for first place in Saturday's barbeque championship. The second-place winner will be awarded $3,000; $2,000 will go to third place; fourth place gets $1,000; and fifth- through tenth-place teams each walk away with $500.
"We are excited to grow the number of barbeque competition teams for this year's event by increasing the cash prize amounts, simplifying cooking categories and guidelines, lowering registration costs and offering an easier layout for team set up," said Kenny Craven, with the OMAR Shrine Temple.
This year's barbeque team registration fee has dropped to $100 per team, a hefty $150 less than the previous year, and amateur barbeque teams are encouraged to compete. The deadline for team registration is Aug. 23. For information on team registration and details, visit www.SmokeOnTheBeach.com. Competing barbeque teams will be located on the corner of Forbes Court and Farrow Parkway, along with the main stage and other festival vendors.
"Both competitors and festival attendees will enjoy an enhanced layout for this year's event," said Amie Lee, president of Palmetto Event Productions, Inc. "The barbeque teams will be better positioned for sampling on Saturday and the area for the main stage will accommodate a larger audience. The footprint for the festival will still include Grand Park on the south side of the lake as in year's past and incorporate the field on the corner of Forbes Court and Farrow Parkway to allow for growth."
Organized by Palmetto Event Productions and the OMAR Shriners, the 2013 Beach, Boogie & BBQ Festival is a free, family-friendly event that will also commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the City of Myrtle Beach and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Live entertainment throughout the three-day event will include: The Embers, Craig Woolard Band, Jim Quick & Coastline, Ty Brown, Wallstreet and many other regional entertainers. There will also be free kids activities and games, CrossFit® demonstrations by area affiliates, Flyboard demonstrations on the lake, vendors and exhibitors selling festival food and art/craft favorites, and a free fireworks show on Saturday. Parking is also free and available throughout the Market Common area.
Keeping the festival's mission of an affordable event, attendees can sample delicious barbeque from competing teams on Saturday beginning at noon by purchasing a $10 wristband while supplies last. Children 6 and under can sample for free, and barbeque sandwiches and platters will also be available for purchase.
Along with the official S.C. Barbeque Championship on Saturday, festival goers will enjoy the ‘Anything Goes' cooking contest and tasting on Friday, Aug. 30 and Wing Competition on Sunday. Sampling tickets can be purchased for $1 each in the ‘Anything Goes' competition on Friday, beginning at 6:30 p.m. A multitude of dishes from shrimp creole and chicken bog to apple cobbler are available for tasting. Beer and wine will be sold all three days.
For the second year, the event is pleased to host the Shriners Hospital for Children screening on Saturday from 12 to 4 p.m. It is coordinated by physicians and staff of the Shriners Hospitals for
Children - Greenville, S.C., whose mission is to identify children ages newborn through 18 years who may qualify for treatment regardless of the families' ability to pay. No appointment is necessary and the screenings are open to the public. More than a dozen area children were approved for treatment during last year's screening.
Festival highlights will include:
Friday, Aug. 30 - (festivities from 6-9:30 p.m.)
BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! 6 p.m. until supplies last - OMAR Shriners will be selling barbeque combos and dinners.
‘Anything Goes' Contest and Tasting, 6:30 p.m. until supplies last -
Competing teams will serve sample dishes from shrimp creole to chicken bog
and everything in between-anything goes! $1 for each sample ticket. All
proceeds benefit OMAR Shriners.
Food/Arts & Craft/Business Vendors and Exhibitors open at 6 p.m. - Non-BBQ food vendors will be selling a variety of eats, along with select arts/crafts, business and
non-profit vendors and exhibitors. Most vendors accept cash only.
Live Entertainment, 6-9:30 p.m., featuring Wallstreet and Jim Quick & Coastline bands - Bring your dancing shoes, family, chairs and blankets
(no coolers allowed). Main stage. Free.
Beer and Wine Garden, 6-9:30 p.m. - Enjoy cold beer and wine products.
Announcement of ‘Anything Goes' Contest Winners: Anything Goes, Best Booth, Best Dessert and Best Sauce, around 9:30 p.m. - Cheer on your favorite team
as the winners are announced. Main stage.
Saturday, Aug. 31 - (festivities from 12-9:30 p.m.)
Official S.C. Barbeque Championship, 8-11 a.m. - Look on as the teams prepare
their barbeque for judging. Corner of Forbes Court and Farrow Parkway. Free.
Shriners Hospital FREE Screening, 12-4 p.m. - Shriners Hospital Screening that will identify children who may qualify for treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children- Greenville, SC where care is provided regardless of the families' ability to pay. No
appointment is necessary.
BBQ, BBQ, BBQ! 12-5 p.m. (while supplies last) - Attendees can sample
delicious barbeque from all competing teams by purchasing a $10 wristband.
Kids ages 6 and under can sample for free. Barbeque combos, dinners,
hamburgers and hot dogs will also be available for purchase. Proceeds
benefit OMAR Shriners.
Live Entertainment, 12-9:15 p.m., featuring Craig Woolard Band, Ty Brown, EnVision, Atlantic Groove and The Embers - Come back for another great line-up of entertainment and dance to some of your favorite music! Bring chairs and blankets (no
coolers allowed). Main stage, corner of Meyers Avenue and Farrow Parkway. Free.
Food/Arts & Craft/Business Vendors and Exhibitors open at 12 p.m. - Non-BBQ food vendors will be selling a variety of eats. Select arts/crafts vendors will be selling
jewelry, children's clothing and other unique items. Most vendors accept cash only. Vendors will be open until 9:30 p.m.
Beer and Wine Garden, 12-9:30 p.m. - Enjoy cold beer and wine selections.
Kids Zone, 12-5 p.m. - Games and activities for children of all ages. Free.
Flyboard Demonstrations by HydroFly Myrtle Beach on Grand Lake, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. - The Flyboard is a revolutionary new water sport that allows users to swim like a dolphin and hover up to 20 feet in the air. This is done by wearing a board that propels a high volume of water out of two nozzles on the board. Free.
Announcement of Official S.C. Barbeque Championship, 5 p.m. - Learn which competitor will earn the Grand Champion title and which competitors will receive prize
money. Main stage, corner of Meyers Avenue and Farrow Parkway.
Fireworks, 9:15 p.m. - Enjoy a fireworks finale visible from any side of Grand Lake. Free.
Sunday, Sept. 1 - (festivities from 12-5 p.m.)
Live Entertainment, 12-5 p.m., featuring Mark Roberts Band and others - Bring your dancing shoes, family, chairs and blankets (no coolers allowed). Main stage on Meyers Avenue and Farrow Parkway. Free.
BBQ and Wings! 12-5 p.m. (while supplies last) - Barbeque combos and dinners
will be available for purchase. BBQ proceeds benefit OMAR Shriners. Attendees
can enjoy a variety of wings from restaurants and teams competing in the
Best Wings on the Beach, 12:30 p.m. - Restaurants and wing teams from all over will participate in a judged wing competition. These vendors will also be selling their delicious wings from 12 to 5 p.m.
FREE Watermelon, 2:30 p.m. (while supplies last) - Festival attendees can enjoy free watermelon by the slice.
Kids Zone, 12-5 p.m. - Kids inflatables, games and activities. Free.
Beer and Wine Garden, 12-5 p.m. - Enjoy cold beer and wine selections.
Food/Arts & Craft/Business Vendors and Exhibitors open at 12 p.m. - Non-barbeque food vendors will be selling a variety of food. Select arts/crafts vendors will be
selling jewelry, children's clothing and other unique items. Most vendors accept cash only.
For more festival information, visit www.MyrtleBeachEventInfo.com or call (843) 855-0527.