LUBBOCK, Texas (NEWS RELEASE) – The following is a news release from the City of Plainview:
The 7th Annual Mark Marley’s Go BIG or Go Home BBQ Bash will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 10th, 11th and 12th, at the Running Water Draw (Kidsville) Park. The updated three-day event will include a state-sanctioned barbecue cook-off, concerts featuring Casey Donahew and Shooter Jennings and many other activities at the event this year.
The Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) state-sanctioned barbecue cook-off will begin on Friday night and includes a KCBS Steak Cook Off, Cooks Choice – Dessert contest and a Margarita Mix-off. Entry fees for the Steak cook off is $75 and all other entry fees are $25.
Saturday will begin with a Bloody Mary Mix Off as well as the Kid’s Q – a cook-off for kids. Kids ages 6-11 will cook hamburgers and kids ages 12-17 will cook steaks. Entry for both event is $25.
New this year, the event will feature a Saturday and Sunday KCBS Cook-off. Both events include four meat categories (pork ribs, chicken, pork and brisket) and will offer cash prizes of $8800 for each contest. Entry fees are $225 for the first cook off and $200 for the second cook off and KCBS association is not required. Grand Champion for each cook off qualifies for American Royal Invitational and a chance at Jack Daniels Invitational as well as points from the competition apply to the KCBS team point scores and the Texas BBQ Society scores. To enter any of the cooking events, contact RaeAnne King Warren at 806.292.3288 or email@example.com.
“We have partnered with a different association for this event,” said RaeAnne King Warren, event co-chair. “We have received interest from South Dakota, Utah, Alabama, as well as surrounding states and regionally. People enjoy participating in our event and we believe this new association will bring more people to Plainview.”
Headliners for this year’s event feature Casey Donahew and Shooter Jennings on Saturday night.
With eight bands over the two days, it will be Go BIG’s biggest line up to date. Besides Donahew and Jennings, Friday night will feature The Cover Hogs followed by The Lawless. Beginning at noon on Saturday, local musician Tanner Lane will kick of the festivities. After Lane, other bands performing include Chris Colston, Jason Nutt & Highway 70 and The Cover Hogs will make a second appearance.
Two other new things for this year’s event include the Backyard BBQ Brawl and the KCBS Judging Class. The Backyard Brawl is for the master weekend grillers who enjoy cooking but don’t wish to chase points. Entry fee is $50 and the meat is being supplied by Ben E. Keith. People’s Choice awards will be given and cash prizes are available. The KCBS Judging Class is scheduled for Thursday, May 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room at Comfort Suites (northwest corner of the park). The class is $45 and membership to KCBS is required ($40 membership fee). All participants taking the class receive two free passes for Saturday’s event and are eligible to judge other KCBS cook offs.
“KCBS requires their judges to have taken the class and receive judging certification,” says King Warren. “Since this is new to our competition, we are offering the class for those who are interested in judging.”
Other events include a Car Show held on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in memory of Glen Rogers. The show will be in the parking lot of the park and entry fee is $25 per car. To enter the car show, contact Joyce Sinor at 806.292.5028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 3-person sand volleyball tournament will utilize the two volleyball fields recently at Kidsville Park. Friday night will feature pool play and Saturday will feature bracket play. Entry fee for the tournament is $50/per team and there will be prizes for the winner of the tournament. To enter the tournament or for more information, contact Teena Bennett at 806.292.3103.
A doubles horseshoe tournament will be held again this year on Saturday beginning at noon. The double elimination bracket is $30.00 per team, belt buckles will be awarded to the top team and the tourney pits meet NHPA regulations. To enter the tournament, contact Melinda Brown at 806.296.1119 or email@example.com.
A Survivor Dinner for cancer survivors is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7th at 6:30 p.m. at the Plainview Country Club. If you are a survivor or know someone who is, they are welcome to join us for the dinner along with a guest. Contact Daleyn Schwartz at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space for the dinner.
Other events include a Kids Corner with a spider bounce and bouncy houses for the kids organized by the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Vendors will be located in the park area and will feature different food and drink items as well as fun items to purchase. For vendor space, contact Brian Gallaway at 806.292.5440 or email@example.com.
The event concludes with a Worship Service on Sunday morning, May 12th from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The event is free to the public and we invite everyone to join us.
Gates open Friday night (5/10) at 6:00 p.m. and tickets are $15.00 for ages 12 and over and $10 for those 12 and under. On Saturday (5/11), gates will open at 9:00 a.m. and tickets are $20.00 for ages 12 and over and $10 for those 12 and under. Coolers will be allowed both nights and include a $15.00 cooler fee. Tickets include access to the venders, cookers, tournaments, concerts and beer garden. Sunday events are open to the public.
Tickets and cook registration is available at www.markmarleybbqbash.com.
Sponsors for the event include Mark Marley Family, Apex Collision, Coors, Plains Land Bank, Texas Car Worx, Center Construction, City of Plainview and County Services. Sponsorship opportunities are still available – contact Joyce Sinor at 806.292.5028 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All money raised goes to the American Cancer Society as a contribution in memory of Mark Marley and other local nonprofits.
For more information about the Mark Marley Go BIG or Go HOME BBQ Bash, visit www.markmarleybbqbash.com, find us on Facebook at Mark Marely’s Go Big or Go Home Barbecue Bash or contact RaeAnne King at 806.292.3288 or email@example.com or Melinda Brown at 806.296.1119 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(News release from the City of Plainview)