South Carolina to Host Campground Cookoff
The first Campground Cookoff in South Carolina will be held Sept. 19-21 at the Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area on Lake Russell.
The event is supported by the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism and developed by the Old 96 District Tourism Commission representing the communities of Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens and McCormick, S.C.
Three nationally known celebrity judges — Rick Browne from PBS Barbecue America; Dotty Griffith, the former dining and food editor for 30 years at the Dallas Morning News and Charles Mattocks aka "The Poor Chef" seen on NBC affiliates and who has spices that are sold in Sam's Clubs and Wal-Marts — will crown the winners of the South Carolina Old 96 District Campground Cookoff for the best appetizer, entree or dessert prepared over a campfire of charcoal or wood. The food must be prepared from scratch.
Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 and other in-kind donations from companies such as Camping World and Dodge Manufacturing will be awarded for first- through third-place winners. Applications must be received by Aug. 15.
A minimum two-night stay at the Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area campsite is required for the entrants, but there will be many activities for the entrants, families and friends to attend including a "ring of fire" complimentary barbecue for the contestants, bluegrass band, displays from sponsors and cooking demonstrations by the celebrity judges. Contestants can enter as a team of no more than three members who must be 16 years of age or older.
The award-winning recipes will be compiled into a cookbook available after the Campground Cookoff at the Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area and the Old 96 District Tourism Commission Office.
To enter and view general rules visit http://www.campgroundcookoff.com or call toll free (866) 354-0003.