Smoke & Ale Fall Festival

BBQ Contest, BeerFest featuring Michigan brewed beer, Live Music and the Annual Smoke & Ale Cornhole Classic


The 2016 Smoke & Ale Fall Festival is sponsored by:

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Click here to add 2016 Smoke & Ale Fall Festival to your calendar – October 8, 2016.

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

Chelsea, Michigan’s annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest will take place Oct. 8, 2016 at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The BBQ Contest is for professional, semi-professionals, and foodies alike. The Cornhole Classic is a great spectator event for all attendees, and fabulous fun for the participants – and the winners receive a cash prize! The Beer Festival features local Michigan ales that are sure to please the finest craft beer palates – we’ll even have the breweries’ reps there during the BeerFest hours of 1:00 – 4:00 to answer questions and chat about the brews! Live Music sets the tone for this casual and upbeat fall event.

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. There is also a kids area with games and activities for children and multiple bounce houses.

Schedule of Events:

  • BBQ Cookoff Contest: Cooking all day; winners announced at 5pm
  • BeerFest 1pm-4pm (Beer service 11am – 8pm)
  • Featured Breweries:
    • Bell’s Brewery
    • Arcadia Ales
    • Arbor Brewing Company
    • Original Gravity
    • New Holland Brewing Company
    • Brewery Vivant
    • Chelsea Alehouse
    • Dark Horse Brewing Company
    • North Peak Brewing
    • Bitter Old Fecker
    • Sandhill Crane Winery
    • St. Julian Winery
  • Live Music 12pm-8pm
  • Food Trucks 11am-8pm:
    • Smokehouse 52 BBQ
    • Hotel Hickman BBQ
    • Awesome Dogs
    • Cider & Doughnuts
    • Catered Coffee
    • Big Kahuna Burger
  • Second Annual Smoke & Ale Cornhole Classic – Bags Fly at 12pm (Rain or Shine)
  • Kids Activities 11am-7pm
    • Bouncers
    • Glitter Tattoos
    • Face Painting
    • Mountain Bike Skills Course
    • Chelsea ATA Martial Arts Board Breaking Station
    • Cornhole Station
  • Featured Community Partners
    • Groovy Hopster Hops Farm
    • International Mountain Biking Association – Potowatomi Chapter

This event is a fundraiser for the Chelsea-Area Chamber of Commerce. Please see below for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities. We are look forward to an even bigger, better, smokier, ale-y-er, cornholier festival this year!


We would love to have you involved as a volunteer! Please visit the Sign-Up Genius link below if you are interested in helping with the 2016 Smoke & Ale Fall Festival.

Smoke & Ale 2016 Volunteer Sign-Up

Become a Sponsor

We have several great sponsorship opportunities for our event. Please email us at [email protected] call (734) 475-1145. Click the links below for details.


2016 Smoke & Ale Fall Festival Sponsors


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Vested neighbor with deep community roots


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Rick Taylor Real Estate







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susan brown


Chelsea Chevrolet



Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center

First Equity Residential Mortgage

Jack & Sons Barber 

Thompson’s Pizza

BBQ Contest Information

Click here for this year’s contest rules and registration information.

Click here for online registration and payment.

Smoke & Ale Cornhole Classic Information

This year’s tournament will be a double elimination tournament and will follow American Cornhole Organization official rules. Please note this tournament is RAIN OR SHINE. In the instance of inclement weather, we will move the play indoors.

We are pleased to announce that this year the top three winners will receive payouts!

Entry fee is $30 per team. Registration deadline is Oct. 5, 2016. Pre-register for your team’s spot – space is limited!

Click here for online registration and payment or pre-register by emailing Corey Davis at [email protected] (registration fees can be paid at the event).

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