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Come See Me BBQ Cook Off (SCBA)

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2018 Come See Me BBQ Cook Off Rock Hill, SC

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Delight in delicious offerings that are Anything but Butts during Moonlight Jazz & Blues.

The Come-See-Me Festival is Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring. Each year, this ten-day festival brings over 80 events and activities to over 100,000 attendees.

Loaded with frogs, music, and fun, the festival brings together friends, neighbors, and festival-lovers from all over the United States and the world.

Come-See-Me is considered the largest, all-volunteer festival in South Carolina.

Award-Winning Festival

An award-winning festival, Come-See-Me was named the 2016 South Carolina Event of the Year. It’s also ranked as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Spring Festivals for more than a decade.

Come-See-Me debuted in the spring of 1962 as a community project to encourage tourists, relatives, and friends to visit Rock Hill during its most beautiful season. What started as a weekend event has grown in popularity and expanded to 10 days.

Created by C.H. “Icky” Albright, a former Rock Hill Mayor and State Senator, Come-See-Me also was nurtured by Rock Hill resident and nationally acclaimed illustrator Vernon Grant.

Grant created Kellogg’s® celebrated gnomes, Snap, Crackle, and Pop®.  He also created the Come-See-Me Festival’s mascot, Glen the Frog®, of which Grant designed more than 30 different styles.

Each year the festival chair selects a new logo and updates its design and colors.

Be sure to visit the historic, award-winning Glencairn Garden, created by Dr. David A. Bigger to experience the beauty and spirit of where the Come-See-Me Festival was born.

About the BBQ

“The barbecue portion of the event is really set up over two days,”said event organizer Ross Lawson. “Anything But Butts/Moonlight Jazz is on Friday night. The teams make their own samples and are purchased with tickets bought from us for a dollar each.”

For $1 each, you may sample Barbeque Cook-Off competitors’ dishes ranging in years past from gumbo to barbeque chicken to desserts. Celebrity judges will sample entries and pick a winner prior to sales to the public.

Vote for your favorite entry to receive the People’s Choice award.

“We have Come See Me affiliated sponsor judges judge their creations. We also tally the tickets at the end of the night as a Peoples Choice Award where the winner gets free registration to next years event,” Lawson shared.

The following day, the big event takes the stage.

“As for the actual BBQ cookoff, the teams are given 3 butts Friday afternoon at 5PM and they cook through the night. Saturday morning we welcome in the SCBA judges to judge the teams BBQ.

“Cash prizes and trophies are awarded. The remaining meat is collected and we sell it by the pound at the Tailgate Party/Fireworks from 3 pm till we run out.”

Prizes presented at 1 pm on Saturday.

This event would not be possible if not for an army of volunteers and the help of sponsors like The Faircloth Law Firm LLC, Frost Echols LLC, Tarheel Contractors Supply, and York County Natural Gas.

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Jim Armour
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162 Eden Terrace
Rock Hill, SC 29732 United States
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