Diamond State BBQ Championship Moves to August

Dover, DE, June 16, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will present the Fifth Annual Diamond State BBQ Championship on Saturday, August 21, months earlier than previous years’ events held in October. The event is a sanctioned competition on the Kansas City Barbeque Society circuit and will again be held in the infield of Dover International Speedway® from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for advance purchase, $7 at the gate, and free for children 12 and younger when accompanied by an adult.

“We are really excited about the summertime and anticipate this will be our best year ever,” said Fred Bohn, director of Banquets and the coordinator of the event. “Summer is the heart of BBQ season so we are expecting our largest crowd to date. This year we will host sizzling barbeque demonstration classes led by our top chefs, who will share their personal grilling techniques and BBQ secrets. Come out and enjoy the fun, sun, great food and entertainment.”

The barbecue championship is expected to bring nearly 100 barbecue teams to compete for cash and prizes in brisket, pork ribs, chicken, and pork shoulder categories. Applications to enter the competition may be downloaded at www.doverdowns.com/dining/diamond-state-bbq. Planned events so far also include Delaware’s Strongest Man Contest, the Big Boys Toys Show sponsored by Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce, and the Delmarva Chapter Studebaker’s Club Muscle Car Show on pit road.

The Delaware’s Strongest Man Contest returns including the farmers walk, yoke pull, circus dumbbell, and stone load in several weight classes, including women’s. The 12” log press and dead lift competitions will be held on Friday, August 20. Entry forms may be requested by emailing Kyle Bixler at teambix@gmail.com. Entry forms and fees must be received by August 14. More information about the event sponsor, North American Strongman, Inc., may be found at www.nastrongmaninc.com.

Vendors will bring a variety of merchandise, crafts, and lots of food such as beer can chicken, Herschel Walker ribs and chicken tenders (a regular feature at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino restaurants), Buntings Popcorn Station and Vitale’s Italian Ices, as well as BBQ food vendors, cold beer wagons, ice cream and much more. Registrations for BBQ competitors, judges and vendors may be obtained at www.doverdowns.com/dining/diamond-state-bbq-2010 or by calling Melinda Fantozzi at 302-857-2169.

The returning Big Boys Toys Show will display RVs, motorcycles, four-wheelers, autos, boats, hot tubs, pools and more. To register as an exhibitor, visit www.cdcc.net. The Studebaker’s Club of Delmarva will lead a classic car and hot rod show on pit road with the area’s most unique vintage automobiles. Car enthusiasts interested in participating may find details at www.delmarvasdc.org/ddmmterms.htm.

Entertainment will include a performance by the Dover High School Rolling Thunder Drum Line. Additional entertainment and events are planned and will be announced in the coming weeks. The admission price at the gate is $7. Tickets are reduced to $5 when purchased in advance through VIP Services at 800-711-5882. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Will call and onsite ticket sales will open at 9 a.m. at the Gate 1 track entrance. Gates open at 10 a.m. A VIP ticket for $35 includes a buffet of championship BBQ prepared by award-winning teams, assorted side dishes, desserts, two beverages of choice, prizes and giveaways. VIP tickets must be preordered through www.doverdowns.com or VIP Services at 800-711-5882.


Owned by Dover Downs Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DDE), Dover Downs Hotel & Casino® is a premier gaming and entertainment resort destination in the Mid-Atlantic region. The 165,000-sq.-ft. casino is open 24 hours daily and features more than 2,700 video lottery terminals (slot machines) controlled by the Delaware Lottery. The Colonnade addition includes a Race & Sports Book with pro football sports betting, horse racing simulcasts, a casino lounge called Fire & Ice at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, and shops and restaurants consisting of The Marketplace, Swarovski, Godiva, Fashions of The Colonnade, Doc Magrogan’s Oyster House, Frankie’s Italian Restaurant and Sweet Perks Too. The AAA-rated Four Diamond hotel is the largest in Delaware with 500 luxurious rooms/suites, indoor pool, sauna, exercise room, gift shop, Toppers Spa/Salon, 1600-seat Rollins Center® ballroom and 35,000 sq. ft. of multi-function space. Additional property amenities include seven restaurants/cafes, five bars, world-class live harness racing and simulcast horse racing. For more information, please visit doverdowns.com.
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Lisa Butler