SOURCE: Amelia Island CVB

Amelia Island CVB

May 20, 2013 14:48 ET

Amelia Island Cook-off Announces 2013 Entertainment

AMELIA ISLAND, FL--(Marketwired - May 20, 2013) - 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 barbeque from top competitors, served with exciting, live musical entertainment.

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. On Saturday, August 24, the live music begins with Island Vibe, local favorite Face for Radio and the Beech Street Blues Band. At 7 p.m., former lead singer for Boston Fran Cosmo will take the stage to perform many of the band's greatest hits, as well as newer hits from his 2006 album "Alien."

The Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off is held at Main Beach on Amelia Island, Florida starting at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 23 and 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 24. The barbeque cook-off will feature more than 60 professional and backyard (amateur) teams, with each team preparing a variety of barbeque entrees while competing for more than $20,000 in prize money and trophies. 

In 2013, the 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 series is a points chase competition with bonus money payouts for the top three finalists in the Ribs category, at each contest and overall.

Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase food and drink throughout the day. Kids of all ages can enjoy the Kid's Zone with exciting games. The event features the Turner Ace Hardware People's Choice Contest, in which teams will compete for the public's vote. From 12 to 2 p.m. on August 24, guests can purchase a wristband allowing them to sample barbeque from all participating teams and vote for their favorite. A limited number of wristbands will be sold.

Attendees at 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 daily cover and guests must be 21 or older to enter the VIP Pig Pub.

For additional information, to register to participate as a team or for schedule details, visit

Sponsors for the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off include Arlington Toyota, Residence Inn - Amelia Island, Tailgater Monthly, Publix, Vystar Credit Union and Turner Ace Hardware.

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