Venice Airport Festival Grounds A Finger Lickin' & Hot Pickin' Good Time! Free Parking / Free Admisssion!

A Finger Lickin' & Hot Pickin' Good Time!
Venice Airport Festival Grounds
Free Parking/Free Admission!

APRIL 20 & 21, 2018

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

THURSDAY – APRIL 13

MEET OUR CHAMPIONS

The welcoming of our champions, sponsors, media sponosrs and the volunteer committee at Snook Haven, 5000 East Venice Ave., Venice, FL. 34292. Tickets are $25.

  • 5 PM - MEET & GREET
  • 5 PM - ENTERTAINMENT BY THE SHAMES
  • 6 PM – COOKIN' WITH THE KIDS
  • 6 PM – BUFFET DINNER
  • 7 PM – AWARDS & THE ROASTING OF A FRIEND

FRIDAY – APRIL 14

FUN SHOOT

Enjoy a day 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 & TOURNAMENT START
  • 12 PM – LUNCH & AWARDS

KICK-OFF PARTY

Enjoy an evening of Fish ‘n’ Chips and talk with your favorite Pitmasters, BBQ Judges and Pepper Heads. There is free live bluegrass entertainment and a social corn-hole toss Then see a spectacular sight of a sunset balloon glow honoring Dave Jaques.

  • 5 PM – MEET AND GREET THE CONTESTANTS & FRIENDS
  • 5 PM – THE SWINGING BRIDGE BLUEGRASS BAND WITH FRIENDS
  • 5 PM – 9 PM - OLD TOWN SALOON
  • 5 PM – 9 PM - KID'S PARK
  • 6 PM – CORN TOSS CONTEST
  • 6 PM – FISH FRY DINNER
  • 6 PM – HOT AIR BALLOON GLOW (weather permitting)

SATURDAY – APRIL 15

PROFESSIONAL BBQ COOK-OFF

The nations BBQ teams will compete for a $20,000 purse, supported by Smokin' with Smithfield, plus an invitations to the World Food Championships and the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown. The contest is sanctioned by the Florida BBQ Associational 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 the Grammy nominated Boxcars,the Grascals and the Lonesome River Band. 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 – LONESOME RIVER BAND
  • 1:30 PM – THE GRASCALS
  • 2:45 PM – THE BOXCARS
  • 4:00 PM – AN APPALACHIAN JAM
  • 4:45 PM – TRIBUTE TO OUR FRIENDS

CHILI COOK-OFF

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

Sampling tickets will be sold for five dollars each.

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

CORN-HOLE TOURNAMENT

The tournament will be a 64-team bracket–style with pairing determined by a random drawing. The top three winners will share a $1,000 purse.

  • 11 AM – REGISTRATION & WARM UP
  • 12 PM – DOUBLE ELIMINATE PLAY WITH AWARDS TO FOLLOW

PIG PEN

A private area for sponsors only.

  • 11 AM – 5 PM

KID’S PARK

The park is free to all children.

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

OLD TOWN SALOON

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 EXHIBITS

Browse through the many different exhibits from the Sarasota Couty Sheriff's Office, the City of Venice Fire & Police Departments, North Port Police Department, The Suncoast Offshore Grand Prix, The Tampa Bay Lightening and Florida Wildlife Commission.

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

BARN

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

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

GENERAL STORE

Take advantage of dozens of products and services that have been donated or pick out your favorite event Souvenior: T-shirts, hats, aprons and more! Don’t forget to buy your raffle ticket for the 50/50 cash drawing.

  • 10 AM – 5 PM

STAGE DOOR

A chance to meet and say "howdy" to our Bluegrass entertainers.

  • IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING EACH PERFORMANCE

AWARDS PRESENTATION

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

  • 5:00 PM – COOKIN' WITH THE KIDS
  • 5:15 PM – CHILI COOK-OFF
  • 5:30 PM – BBQ COOK-OOF
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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 there is a limit on the number of cars an hour that can make it in and out of the parking area.

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

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!