The Publix Super Markets Charities
Prestigious Palmetto Pig Pick’n Championship
Sponsored by the
Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club
P. O. Box 31459
Charleston, SC 29417-1669
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: February 18, 2008 Phone: (843) 225-0008
Contact: Maria Aselage [email protected]
Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club Holds 24th Annual Publix Prestigious Palmetto Pig Pick’n ~ A Portion of the Proceeds Will be Donated to a Lowcountry Literacy Program ~
CHARLESTON, SC – The Olde Charlestowne Sertoma Club will be “hamming it up” at the Exchange Park in Ladson on March 7 & 8 during its 24th annual Publix Prestigious Palmetto Pig Pick‟n. One of the largest barbecue contests in the Southeast, this year‟s event boasts more than 60 cooking teams competing in the Lowcountry Division Contest. The event will also host members of the Kansas City Barbecue Society, the world’s largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 8,000 members worldwide. Additionally, Southern Living BBQ on Tour will be part of the competition. “This year, the event will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss‟ The Cat in the Hat by using the theme „The Pig in the Hat,‟” said Tommy Brush, director of the 2008 Publix Prestigious Palmetto Pig Pick‟n. “We will be donating $2.00 from each ticket sold to the Trident Literacy Association, a non-profit organization whose mission is to increase literacy in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Additionally, we ask everyone to bring a children‟s book that will be donated to Lowcountry schools.”
The fun begins on Friday, March 7, at 5:00 p.m. for the annual “Anything Butt” contest. Participants will cook anything but pork – foods such as alligator, catfish stew, tenderloin, quail and shrimp – and compete for prizes. Admission into the park that night is $5.00 and an additional $10.00 to sample the unique cuisine. Guests will also get the chance on Friday to visit with the cooking teams and learn more about the art of barbecue.
Gates open on Saturday, March 8, at 1:00 p.m. with the sampling starting at 2:00 p.m. For $20.00, the public will get into the gate and will enjoy endless samples of barbecue from all of the competing teams in the Lowcountry Division contest. At 4:00 p.m., the East Coast Party Band takes the stage. Trophies and prize money will be given to the winning cooking teams at 5:30 p.m., and at 8:00 p.m. the day ends with the WW Williams fireworks display. Coupons for $5.00 off Saturday‟s gate admission will be available at all Lowcountry Publix grocery stores the week of the event. Additionally, those who bring a children‟s book will receive $2.00 off the admission price on Saturday.
“This two day event has something for the entire family to enjoy, including the kids,” said Mr. Brush. “I encourage everyone to join us for two days of food, fun and fireworks. Not only will you get to sample some of the best barbecue the area has to offer, but you will have the opportunity to promote literacy for all Lowcountry residents.”