KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Feb. 28) - Kissimmee Main Street presents the 2013 Kowtown Festival March 16 at Toho Square.
Kowtown Festival is the celebration of Kissimmee's birthday, with this year being the city's 130th birthday. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. and will include the 2nd Annual BBQ Competition, Florida Dessert Competition, hotdog eating contest, Yuengling Lager, live music featuring Hayfire and the Greg Warren Band, a Kid's Zone, craft vendors, food and Kissimmee's birthday cake.
The 2nd Annual Kowtown BBQ Competition will feature competitors from all over Central Florida who will compete in four meat categories (chicken, pork, ribs and brisket) as well as a BBQ sauce category and baked beans category. Entry fee for all four meat categories is $200, which will qualify participants for $5,000 in cash and prizes. The public is invited to vote for the Sedano's People's Choice Award category where participants can taste and vote for their favorite BBQ. Taster tickets will be available for purchase at the information table.
Kissimmee Main Street is introducing the first ever Florida Dessert Competition. This category that has been added on to the BBQ competition is open to the public and costs only $10 to enter. The only rule is that the dessert must be Florida themed. 1st place will receive $50. Judging will take place at 1:30 p.m. March 16.
Willy's Wieners is sponsoring the annual hotdog eating contest at the Kowtown Festival where contestants will race to see who can finish the most hotdogs in two minutes. Two-time champion Craig Holland will be back to compete. Sign-up for the contest at Willy's Wieners located in Downtown Kissimmee.
Yuengling Lager will be available for purchase throughout the event as well as VIP area tickets for $15, which features Yuengling specialty beer and a private seating section in the shade next to the stage, meet the bands, etc.
The public is invited to sing Happy Birthday to Kissimmee at 2 p.m. and receive a complimentary piece of birthday cake courtesy of the Yum Yum Cupcake Truck.
For more information, call 407-846-4643 or visit www.kissimmeemainstreet.com. Those looking to compete or vend can find applications and forms on the Kissimmee Main Street website.
Kissimmee Main Street is a nationally accredited Main Street program that focuses on historic preservation with economic development to restore prosperity and vitality to downtown and neighborhood business districts.