Annual Smokin at the Speedway: BBQ Cook Off, Fall-O-Ween and Car Show

Friday, November 30, 2012
It's certainly strange to have a BBQ cook-off combined with a car show and Halloween all rolled in one for the entire family to enjoy. But that's the 2nd Annual Smokin at the Speedway: BBQ Cook Off, Fall-O-Ween & Car Show for you. Held on October 28th and 29th this year, this annual event was a great hit as it usually is, it was hosted on the grassy infield of Cayce's Historic Columbia Speedway, at the 2001 Charleston Highway.
While visitors sampled a whole range of dishes such as Crab cakes, Coconut shrimp, among others, thee were soups and stews too that were absolutely delicious. This year's food section boasted more than last year's 42 BBQ Cook teams that competed for the top spot, besides having some music and a play area for kids. This year's event was judged by celebrities, politicians radio personalities and a member of the Clemson National Champion Golf Team, among others.
The movie, Movie Under the Stars, was screened here for everyone to enjoy while for the kids, a range of bouncy houses, a haunted house and, in keeping with the Halloween spirit, kids indulged in trick or treating with the many cook teams.

On October 29th, 2012, the teams competed in the specialty Pork BBQ and Ribs Competitions. The winners were those visitors who could sample the best from this amazing BBQ variety. They stood to win a cash prize of $5,200!! This year was special because most of the top 10 teams who came from South Carolina were returning to the event, just like the SC State Champions.
However, the fun didn't stop there. There was a car show that was spread out across a three-acre stretch of the infield which took everyone's breath away. There was a Fall-O-Ween costume contest, a Fall-O-Ween Haunted House, a pumpkin decorating contest and lots of bouncy houses to jump on all day and keep the kids engaged. On the 29th, the cooks handed out candy to the kids in costume as they went about "cook-or-treating" for their festive goodies. For the most part of the day, there was live music by Greg Austin. The Chik-Fil-A cow was also present with a prize wheel.
There was also some charity that visitors could do, apart from the fun and games. If they brought in two food items and handed in to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, they could avail of a discount at the gate and donate to an important charity in the holiday season. A part of the proceeds would go to Harvest Hope that feeds hungry mouths, in keeping with its mission. This South Carolina-based community organization focuses on providing food to those in need all across the State and does this through its connections with churches, civic organizations and school groups.
It was fun to see that people had come from everywhere to see this spectacular event-some even came from outside of Columbia. Perhaps, for them the best means of travel would be by air, followed by a BWI taxi service. In fact, it would be necessary for them to use a limo service or they would never be able to reach this speedway by any other means.


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