DALLAS, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Originating in Dallas in 1941, Dickey's Barbecue Pit is celebrating its 75th anniversary on September 17 with an invitational barbecue showdown, 'Battle of the Pitmasters'. The event is sanctioned by Lonestar Barbecue Society and will feature 20 competing teams consisting of first responders from all over the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Led by Dickey's charitable foundation Barbecue, Boots & Badges, the event will benefit local first responders and their families as well as strengthen the foundation's partnerships to provide resources for first responders nationwide.
The event will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at NorthPark Center in the Macy's parking lot facing Park Lane. In addition to the competition, a stage will be set up featuring live musical performances and several craft breweries will sell and sample their products to benefit the foundation. General admission tickets are $5. VIP tickets are available for $50, and include early admission, barbecue samples, craft beer tastings, an invitation to vote for the People's Choice Award and an opportunity to meet the competitors and celebrity judges. There will also be a Kids' Place area with face painting, a balloon artist and family-friendly entertainment. Pitmaster teams will compete for first through third place and monetary prizes, and a People's Choice Award will be chosen in the VIP Pavilion. Vendor booths and sponsorships are also available. For more information on vendor and sponsorship opportunities, please call Kristine Schwope at 214-734-2281 or email [email protected].
"While Dickey's has grown to more than 560 locations in 43 states, we still have deep roots in our hometown and want to show our thanks to the community and local first responders for their support over the past 75 years," says Roland Dickey Jr., CEO of Dickey's Barbecue Pit. "A lot has changed at Dickey's, but we are still the family owned and operated business that several generations have grown to know and love. We look forward to sharing the love of great barbecue, great friends and a great cause with Dallas on September 17."
WHEN: Saturday, September 17 11:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. VIP early admission begins at 10:30 a.m.
WHERE: NorthPark Center – Macy's parking lot 8687 North Central Expressway Dallas, TX 75225
WHAT: Dickey's Barbecue Pit celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Battle of the Pitmasters, featuring 20 barbecue teams consisting of local first responders competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes and bragging rights. Ticket holders can enjoy barbecue and craft beer while taking in live entertainment and Pitmaster competition.
WHO: Dickey's Barbecue Pit along with its charitable foundation Barbecue, Boots & Badges host a birthday bash which will benefit first responders and their families.
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About Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Dickey's Barbecue Restaurants, Inc., the nation's largest barbecue chain was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow-smoked barbecue. Today, all meats are still slow smoked on-site in each restaurant living up to the company tagline, "We Speak Barbecue." The Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids' meals every Sunday. The fast-casual concept has expanded to more than 560 locations in 43 states. This year Dickey's won first place on Fast Casual's "Top 100 Movers and Shakers" and ranked in the top ten of Franchise Times' "Fast and Serious". Dickey's Barbecue Pit was recognized for the third year by Nation's Restaurant News as a "Top 10 Growth Chain" and by Technomic as the "Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country." For more information, visit www.dickeys.com or for barbecue franchise opportunities call 866.340.6188.