The public is invited to celebrate the return of football season, and all things related, with a Big Thursday Tailgate event Aug. 21; the night before the opening game between the Cheraw Braves and the Chesterfield Rams.
The evening will not only be an opportunity to support your local team, guests are invited to decorate their tailgates, bring their grills and enter cook-off competitions, dance, play cornhole and participate in other activities such as raffles, auctions and face painting.
Presented by the Greater Cheraw Chamber of Commerce and the town of Cheraw, the evening’s festivities will begin at 6 p.m. in the parking lot on Front Street in front of the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. Sponsors for the event include the Schaeffler Group USA, Inc., Chesterfield General Hospital and the Cheraw High Booster Club.
Players for the Braves and the Rams, along with their coaches and cheerleaders, will be attending the event. WCRE’s George Adams and The Saturday Morning Quarterback will be on hand to DJ and play team fight songs.
“Carolina-Clemson rivalries are, of course, welcome too,” said Rebecca Prevatte, coordinator for the event. “Just pull up and set your tailgate up!”
Participants may enter the dessert, wings or rib cook-off to earn local bragging rights. And there will be prizes for best overall tailgate.
“I hear there’s a fruit tart begging for some competition,” said Prevatte.
Oslo’s Spirits and Fine Foods is sponsoring a cornhole tournament with a $5 entry fee.
This tailgate event is family-friendly. The face painting is being sponsored by the Cheraw Arts Commission.
Admission will be $10 per car for a parking pass (up to six people). Walk-in admission is $3.
Parking spaces are limited, so Prevatte encourages residents to purchase theirs now. Attendees from last year’s event have first access to parking choices and early purchasers will get spots on the basis of availability at the time of purchase. Purchased spots will carry over to next year.