Venice Airport Festival Grounds 10th Anniversary Celebration! Free Parking / Free Admisssion!

10th Anniversary Celebration
Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Free Parking/Free Admission!

MARCH 29 & 30, 2019

Fri 5pm-9pm | Sat 10am-6pm

Full Event Schedule

THURSDAY – MARCH 28

KICK-OFF PARTY

The welcoming of our past champions, sponsors, media partners and the volunteer committee

  • 6 PM - ENTERTAINMENT BY THE GATOR CREEK BAND
  • 6 PM – BEST BURGER BATTLE
  • 7 PM – AWARDS & THE ROASTING OF A FRIEND

FRIDAY – MARCH 29

FUN SHOOT

Enjoy a morning of sporting clays shooting at the Sarasota Gun Club, 3445 Rustic Road, Nokomis, FL 34275.

  • 9 AM – REGISTRATION & WARM UP SHOOTING
  • 9:30 AM – SAFETY MEETING & BIRDS FLY
  • 12 PM – LUNCH & AWARDS

TGIF

Enjoy an evening of Fish ‘n’ Chips and talk with your favorite Pitmasters, BBQ Judges and Pepper Heads. There is free live Bluegrass Entertainment, Corn Hole, Classic Car Cruiz-In, Corn Hole and Kids Corral.

  • 5 PM – MEET AND GREET THE CONTESTANTS & FRIENDS
  • 5 PM – AN EVENING OF BLUEGRASS WITH THE SWINGING BRIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND AND FRIENDS
  • 5 PM – 9 PM - OLD TOWN SALOON
  • 5 PM – 9 PM - KID'S CORRAL
  • 6 PM – FISH FRY DINNER
  • 6 PM – CRUIZ-IN

SATURDAY – MARCH 30

FBA STATE BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP

The nation's top BBQ teams will compete for a $20,000 purse, supported by Smokin' with Smithfield, plus invitations to the World Food Championships and the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. The contest is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Association and is a qualifier for the Jack Daniels World Championships and the American Royal World Series of barbecuing.

  • 11 AM – PUBLIC TASTING OF GENUINE COMPETITION BBQ by cash
  • 11 AM - FBA CERTIFIED JUDGING

AN AFTERNOON OF BLUEGRASS

Bluegrass music is an age-old tradition from the Appalachian Mountains. If you love speedy banjo pickin’ and high lonesome vocals come spend an afternoon with top award-winning bluegrass bands. The concert is FREE but you need to bring a comfy chair or blanket. Umbrellas, tents, and coolers are prohibited. Donations are always welcome.

  • 11:00 AM – SWINGING BRIDGE
  • 12:15 PM – FLATT LONESOME
  • 1:30 PM – THE GRASCALS
  • 2:45 PM – LONESOME RIVER BAND
  • 4:00 PM – AN APPALACHIAN JAM
  • 4:45 PM – TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIENDS

CHILI COOK-OFF

Teams will compete for a $1,000 cash purse and an invitation to World Food Championship. Awards are also given for the best showmanship, best restaurant and the people’s choice.

Sampling tickets will be sold for five dollars each.

  • 11 AM – PUBLIC SAMPLING by ticket
  • 12 PM – JUDGING

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT

The tournament will be a 64-team bracket–style with pairing determined by category. The top two open teams will share a $500 purse.

  • 11 AM – REGISTRATION & WARM UP
  • 12 PM – BAGS FLY WITH AWARDS TO FOLLOW

PIG PEN

A private area for sponsors only.

  • 11 AM – 5 PM

KID’S CORRAL

The park is free to all children. Remember adults must remain with children

  • 10 AM – 5 PM - Games & Rides
  • 11 AM - 1 PM - Canine Friends
  • NOON - 3 PM - Face Painting
  • 1 PM - 3 PM - Clowns

OLD TOWN SALOONS

Enjoy a variety of Craft Beers from Goose Island, Firefly Moonshine, Kentucky Gentleman Bourbon, Deep' Eddy Vodka, Platinum Gin, Fireball, Blue Chair Rum and Margaritaville Gin.

  • 11 AM – 6 PM

COMMUNITY SAFTEY EXHIBITS

Browse through the many different exhibits from the Sarasota Couty Sheriff's Office, City of Sarasota, City of Venice Fire & Police Departments, North Port Police Department and Florida Wildlife Commission.

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

THE BARN

Stroll around and see classic cars, trucks, vintage NASCAR cars and antique tractors from years gone by.

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

GENERAL STORE

Get your favorite event souvenir: T-shirts, hats, aprons,coolers and more! Don’t forget to buy your ticket for the 50/50 cash drawing or a ticket in the Rambling Raffle.

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

AWARDS PRESENTATION

The final moment all the contestants are waiting for, who are the winners!!

  • 5:00 PM – BEST BURGER BATTLE
  • 5:15 PM – CHILI FOR CHARITY
  • 5:30 PM – BBQ CONTEST
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We're located in Venice, FL at the Venice Municiplal Airport festival grounds

Venice Airport
610 Airport Ave E.
Venice, FL 34285

Parking Guide

Because of single-road access to the parking areas, the number of cars that can enter and egress in an hour is limited.

ENTERING – During peak hours, three lanes will enter the parking at the gate. Please stay in designated lanes and follow instructions from the parking attendants. A shuttle service to the entrance gates is available.

EXITING – Follow the marked driveways. Do not cut across for there is numerous soft sand areas.

PLEASE BE PATIENCE AND EVERY THING WILL MOVE MUCH FASTER!