A week before cross-county rivals Cheraw and Chesterfield clash to kick off the high school football season, an annual tailgate tradition will return to downtown Cheraw.
The Cheraw Chamber of Commerce will host its yearly Big Thursday Tailgate on Thursday, Aug. 13 in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore parking lot between Second and Front streets.
Cheerleaders and dance teams are expected to perform at the tailgate party and pep rally. Players, parents and alumni will be decked out in school colors.
The afternoon event will feature a countywide cook-off, with grillmasters and bakers competing to claim top honors in the best ribs, best wings and best desserts categories.
Judges for the cook-off include Cheraw Police Chief Keith Thomas and state Reps. Pat Henegan and Richie Yow.
“We have already heard rumblings from the past years’ winners that they have been perfecting their recipes for this year’s challenge,” chamber staffers said in a newsletter announcing the event. “We encourage any and all new entries.”
Cost is $5 per category in addition to the Big Thursday Tailgate ticket price of $10 per vehicle.
The ticket price buys two parking spaces and admission for up to five people. Additional individuals will be admitted for $3, which can be paid in advance or at the gate.’
Chesterfield will host the season-opening rivalry matchup, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21.
The Cheraw Braves are ranked No. 7 in the High School Sports Report’s preseason poll for Class AA teams. Chesterfield’s Golden Rams came in 20th in the Class AA rankings.
Both teams ended the 2014 season with 6-5 overall records. Cheraw went 6-0 in the region while Chesterfield finished 3-3 in Class AA Region IV competition.
Big Thursday Tailgate tickets can be purchased at the Cheraw Chamber office, 221 Market St. For more information, call 843-537-7681.