Bar-B-Que, Halloween and great show cars may seem like strange companions, but at the Second Annual Smokin at the Speedway they will give visitors a little something for everyone.  The event will take place in the grassy infield of the Historic Columbia Speedway, located at 2001 Charleston Highway in Cayce, on October 28-29, 2011

Last years event was a huge success with 42 competitive BBQ Cook teams, music, and kids play area.  This year the event will add a number of new elements such as events embracing the Halloween theme and additional spots in the vendor area for SC Specialty Foods.  The addition of Harvest Hope Food Bank as the benefiting charity only enriches the goals of the festival.

The event begins Friday, October 28th with the Cookers competing in an 'Any Thing But' competition starting at 6:00. Visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of dishes like Coconut Shrimp, Crab Cakes, Shrimp & Grits to a multitude of soups and stews in addition to being able to view the filming of the 'Grate TV Show'.  Friday night's contest will be judged by celebrity judges such as politicians, a former NFL Player, Radio Personalities, and a member of the Clemson National Champion Golf Team. 

Along with great food, the Friday night event will include a 'Movie Under the Stars' courtesy of the Speedway's outdoor movie system.  For the kids there will be bouncy houses, a Haunted House, and trick or treating with the cook teams.  Tickets for Friday night are $5.00 and a non-perishable food donation is encouraged.

Gates will open at 9:00 on Saturday, October 29th, tickets $10.00, as the BBQ Cook Teams compete in their specialty Pork BBQ and Ribs Competitions.  The real winners are the visitors who will be able to sample from this incredible variety of BBQ.  The teams will compete for a purse of over $5,200.00 in prize money.   Many of the top ten teams from South Carolina as well as two SC State Champions are returning to this year's event.

There will be a wide array of activities beyond great food on Saturday.  A new car show will fill the upper third of the 9 acre infield.   A Fall-O-Ween costume contest, a pumpkin decorating contest, as well as several bouncy houses and a Fall-O-Ween Haunted House will keep the kids busy.  Saturday, the cookers will be passing out candy to the children in costumes as they go "cook-or-treating" around to the cooker's tents for their goodies.  Live music will be provided from 10:00 to 2:00 headlined by Greg Austin.  The Chik-Fil-A cow will also be on hand with his prize wheel. 

Bring in two non-perishable items for the Harvest Hope Food Bank get a discount at the gate and support an important charity in the busy holiday season.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will also go to Harvest Hope to fight hunger in this very difficult economy.  The mission of Harvest Hope Food Bank is to provide for the needs of hungry people by gathering and sharing quality food with dignity, compassion and education. Harvest Hope is a community organization providing relief from hunger throughout 20 counties in South Carolina. Churches, businesses, school groups and civic organizations come together to connect with their communities through Harvest Hope and join our mission to put food on the tables of those who suffer from hunger.

Smokin at the Speedway benefiting Harvest Hope Food Bank is sponsored in part by Love Automotive of Cayce.  For more information on the event visit