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Cheese dip champs to be crowned at War Memorial
Cheese dip champs to be crowned at War Memorial

Little Rock – The Southern Cheese Dip Academy will host the Second Annual World Cheese Dip Championship at the event’s new location, AT&T Field at War Memorial Stadium, on Saturday, September 24, 2011, from 1:00pm until 7:30pm.

Come watch competitors from around the nation test their skills at creating the world’s best cheese dip.  The Championship will be divided into Amateur and Professional divisions, and winners will be determined by a panel of local celebrities, politicians, and food critics through a series of blind tastings.  Festival attendees will be able to vote to help determine who will receive this year’s PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS presented by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Winners will receive cash prizes, as well as trophies created exclusively for the event by a local artist, and the overall Professional Division Champion will also be awarded the opportunity to participate in the 2012 New Orleans Roadfood Festival held in the historic French Quarter.

This year’s Championship will also be the official University of Arkansas Alumni Association Watch Party location for the Arkansas vs. Alabama football game, and all attendees will be able to enjoy over twenty varieties of cheese dip while watching the Hogs on War Memorial’s jumbotron inside the stadium.  The event will also feature children’s activities and live local music.  Beverages and other foods will be available for purchase throughout the stadium and in the Beer Garden presented by Sync.  Plus, we’ve added a new competition to this year’s extravaganza.  Our friends at Chicksandqueso.com are sponsoring the inaugural World Cheese Dip Championship Chow Down, cheese dip eating contests that will take place during halftime of the Arkansas vs. Alabama football game.  Six names will be drawn between the first and second quarters to determine the Chow Down competitors.  Registration information will be located at designated areas throughout the stadium.  There will also be a Media Cheese Dip Chow Down immediately following.  You don’t want to miss the action!

This weekend, War Memorial Stadium will also be the site of the third Annual Arkansas Boat & RV Super Sale, where guests can browse new and used boats, RVs, motorcycles, and ATVs in the parking lot outside the World Cheese Dip Championship at no cost.  The Super Sale’s show hours will be Friday, September 23, from noon until 7:00pm, Saturday, September 24, from 10:00am until 7:00pm, and Sunday, September 25, from 10:00am until 5:00pm.

“This year’s Championship will be bigger and better than ever,” said Southern Cheese Dip Academy founder Nick Rogers.  “We have teams traveling from as far away as Vermont and New York, and we’re excited about crowning a new World Cheese Dip Champion.  The best part is that it’s all for a great cause.  While ticket proceeds will benefit the Harmony Health Clinic, we’ll also be collecting canned food donations at the gate for the Arkansas Food Bank.  September is Hunger Action Month, and we hope attendees will come sample amazing cheese dip and support our two nonprofit partners and the incredible work they do.”

Online registration is open to the general public at www.CheeseDip.net for both the Amateur and Professional divisions of the World Cheese Dip Championship until September 21, 2011, and World Cheese Dip Championship ads will soon be appearing in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Sync, our exclusive print media sponsors.

Tickets are on sale at all Pulaski and Saline County USA Drug stores.  The cost of admission is $10 for adults; children ages 10 and under attend for free.  Tickets will also be available at War Memorial Stadium on the day of the event.  Proceeds from the Championship will benefit the Harmony Health Clinic, a local non-profit medical clinic that provides free health care for uninsured Pulaski County residents.  For more information, including a full schedule of the day’s events, visit www.CheeseDip.net.