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6th Annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival Returns to State Farmers Market

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The 6th Annual Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival, one of the Midlands most anticipated annual events, returns this year Saturday, March 25 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the State Farmers Market in West Columbia.

Sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network, over 40 cook teams from across the Southeast will compete for the State Championship title and other top prizes. A family-friendly event, the public is invited to enjoy live music on the South Carolina Farm Bureau music stage provided by Going Commando Band, an antique tractor exhibit, children’s activities, and a variety of BBQ taste samples, while supplies last. In addition to the samples, BBQ plates will be available for purchase from the It’s A Matter of Taste food truck. And to satisfy your sweet tooth, try a specialty donut from the Donut Man or hand-churned ice cream.

“We’re looking forward to the cook-off and festival,” said Hugh Weathers, SC Commissioner of Agriculture. “As a result of the event’s growing popularity, we’re anticipating over 3,500 attendees this year. It’s truly becoming a Midlands tradition.”

A public event, admission is $5 per person. Children ages 12 and under get in for free with three canned goods for Harvest Hope. Boxes will be on site during the festival for canned good donations.

The State Farmers Market is located at 3483 Charleston Highway, West Columbia. For more information, visit or contact Elizabeth Wood at 803-734-0328or

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