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Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest -- 2013

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Here in Memphis, we love barbecue and we also know what makes it great. It is no wonder, then, that one of the biggest barbecue cooking contests in the world is held right here every May. Want to join in the fun? Here is all you need to know about the 2013 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Location:
Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue in downtown Memphis.

Dates and Times:
Thursday, May 16 -- 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
Friday, May 17 -- 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
Saturday, May 18 -- 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Admission:
Advance tickets will go on sale in March 2013.
$8.00 per day in advance
$9.00 at the gate
Admission is free for kids 6 and younger.

Visitor Information:

  • Tom Lee Park, the site of the Barbecue Cooking Contest is one mile from end to end. In addition, the month of May is typically quite warm and humid in Memphis. Comfortable shoes and plenty of water are recommended.
  • Due to health regulations, teams are not allowed to serve barbecue to the general public. There will, however, be vendors on site selling barbecue and other food. In addition, visitors may participate in the People's Choice Contest which will give them a sampling of five team's barbecues.
  • Comfortable shoes and plenty of water are recommended.
  • No beverages, bicycles, cans, containers, coolers, food, glass bottles, laser pointers, lawn chairs, oversized umbrellas, pets, roller blades, roller skates, water guns, no thrown objects such as baseballs, footballs, frisbees, etc., or weapons will be allowed into the event.
  • Food vendors only accept cash.
  • Barbecue cooking demonstrations are scheduled throughout the duration of the competition. Pick up an event program at the park's entrance for demonstration times.
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