Alabama Headlines Inaugural Southeastern BBQ Showdown

The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board (CCLMC) has announced that the headline act for the first Southeastern BBQ Showdown, scheduled for June 14-15 at Segra Park, will be the Grammy Award-winning country music band Alabama. With an impressive track record of 43 #1 singles and over 178 awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Alabama is set to entertain attendees during the finale concert on June 15.

The two-day food sport competition aims to provide visitors and BBQ enthusiasts with opportunities to learn from professionals and savor delicious BBQ offerings. The Southeastern BBQ Showdown kicks off on June 14 with South Carolina Night, featuring the South Carolina BBQ Association chicken wing competition, interactive exhibits, home plate prizes, and music by the Band of OZ, known as the #1 Shag band in the Southeast. On June 15, 25 BBQ teams from around the competition BBQ world will showcase their skills, offering attendees the chance to sample delectable BBQ.

The event encourages attendees to witness celebrity chefs in action as they prepare for the final stage presentation. Celebrity judges, along with Emcee Mark Conway of Mark Conway Media, will be present for the grand finale and awards presentation. Following the BBQ festivities, Alabama will conclude the two-day event with a concert, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Miriam Atria, President/CEO of CCLMC, expressed excitement about having Alabama as the headlining act and emphasized the perfect fit between the iconic country music group and the Southeastern BBQ Showdown. The event promises a blend of phenomenal country music and delicious BBQ.

Brad Shank, President of Columbia Fireflies Baseball, conveyed enthusiasm about hosting the competitors for the BBQ showdown and anticipated Segra Park being filled with the enticing aromas of a BBQ cooking competition. The combination of award-winning BBQ, great music, and refreshing beverages is expected to create a memorable start to the summer.

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