Chelsea’s Annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival: October 12-13, 2018

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Chelsea, Michigan’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest will take place Oct. 12-13, 2018 at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. This year’s festival features two BBQ contests – a backyard contest on Friday, October 13 and a KCBS sanctioned contest on Saturday, October 13.  Smoke & Ale Fall Festival also has a great Cornhole Classic, beer festival,  live music and food trucks. The Activities Area entertains all family members with great activities.

Backyard BBQ Competition

Bring your best chicken and ribs and participate in the Backyard BBQ Competition on October 12. This amateur contest is great for local backyard BBQ enthusiasts and those ready to take their BBQ to the next level. Participants can register as a team or as an individual for $50. The winners will receive a cash prize and ultimate bragging rights.

Check out the itinerary:

KCBS Backyard Itinerary

KCBS Sanctioned Contest

Join over 30 competitive BBQ teams from across the region and compete for $6,000 in cash prizes, trophies and bragging rights. Check out the itinerary here. (see attachment)

          Check out the itinerary:

KCBS Professional Competition Itinerary

 

And we’ve got more exciting plans this year…
Stay tuned for more details!

 


What’s this event all about? Check out what we had going on at last year’s Smoke & Ale Fall Festival!

Presented by Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services and Smokehouse 52 BBQ

                                                     

2018 BBQ Contest Details

This year the Smoke & Ale BBQ Contest is an officially sanctioned Master Series contest through The Kansas City Barbeque Society! We are so excited to be working with this organization to make our 4th annual contest even better.

Registration is now open! There are two ways to register:

  1.  Professional Competition Application
  2.  Backyard Competition Application

Follow the links to complete and submit the registration forms.  Payment can be made by calling the office or mail your check to:

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

222 S. Main St.

Ste. B

Chelsea, MI  48118

You can also print the application and mail it with your payment to the Chamber office.

Any questions can be directed to the Chamber office at (734) 475-1145 or info@chelseamichamber.org.

2018 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

PLEASE NOTE:  No pets or outside alcoholic beverages will be allowed.  Gate entry fee will be cash only.  Beer tickets will be available for purchase for cash or credit card.  Vendors will vary on payment method.  We cannot confirm that all vendors will accept credit cards as payment.  NO ATM at the event.

Friday October 12 – 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Gates open at 5:00pm – Chelsea Fairgrounds – $5 entry fee

Smoke & Ale Friday Night Concert Music starts at 6:00pm

Food Vendors and Beer will be available for purchase in our Beer Barn

Saturday October 13 – 11:00am – 7:00pm

  • Gates open at 11am– Chelsea Fairgrounds – $5 entry fee
  • KCBS Master Series BBQ Contest – all day; 4pm Winners Announced
  • Beer Served 11am –  7pm (indoors)

Breweries and Wineries

  • Live Music 12pm – 7pm (indoors)
  • Food Vendors 11am – 7pm
  • Smoke & Ale Fourth Annual Cornhole Classic – Bags Fly at 12pm (check-in starts at 11:30)
  •  Activities Area – 11am – TBD (Moved indoors)
    • Obstacle Course Bouncers
    • Spin Art T-shirts
    • Glitter Tattoos
    • Martial Arts demonstration
    • Kids Cornhole Tournament – Win a Set of Cornhole Boards! Bags fly at 3pm
    • Mountain Bike Skills Course
    • Football bowling
    • Special Appearance by Disney inspired Ice Princess – 1:30pm

We are expecting over 2,000 people in this year, including BBQ tournament teams, cornhole tournament competitors, live bands, breweries, and meat and beer enthusiasts.

We look forward to an even bigger, better, smokier, ale-y-er, cornholier festival this year!

*Admission Information:

  • $5 entry per person (under 12 free)
  • No pets
  • No outside alcoholic beverages
  • Gate entry fee will be CASH ONLY
  • Beer tickets will be available for purchase with cash or credit card
  • Vendors will vary on payment method. We cannot confirm that all vendors will accept credit cards as payment.
  • NO ATM at event. An ATM is located in the parking lot of the strip center to the east of the fairgrounds at Chelsea State Bank.

This event is a fundraiser for the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

Smole and Ale Cornehole Classic

Registration is open for the Fourth Annual Smoke & Ale Cornhole Classic! Grab your friends, form a team, come out and have some fun!  Event will be indoors.

$20 per team, First, Second & Third place prizes up for grabs!

Volunteers

We would love to have you involved as a volunteer! Please email us at info@chelseamichamber.org or call (734) 475-1145 for more information.

Become a Sponsor

We have several great sponsorship opportunities for our event. Please email us at info@chelseamichamber.org or call (734) 475-1145.

 2018 Sponsors

PRESENTING SPONSORS

                                     

 

We’re excited to welcome our Diamond and Platinum Sponsors for this year!

DIAMOND SPONSOR

              

 PLATINUM SPONSOR

2017 MUSIC STAGE SPONSOR

 

2017 BEER GARDEN SPONSOR

Chelsea Chevrolet Buick

 

2017 KIDS AREA SPONSOR

 

2017 SILVER SPONSORS

Key Bank

Thrivent Financial

Ascent Audiology

Roberts Paint and Body

2017 BRONZE SPONSORS

  • First Equity Residential Mortgage
  • Jack & Sons Barber
  • Manpower
  • Thompson’s Pizza

2017 IN-KIND SPONSORS

  • Aberdeen Bike & Outdoors
  • Poto MBA
  • D&B Marketing
  • Costco Wholesale

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