Smoke & Ale Fall Festival – Chelsea Community Fairground Oct. 12 & 13

October 12 & 13

Chelsea Community Fairgrounds, 20501 W. Old US 12, Chelsea, MI.

Presented by

Smokehouse 52 BBQ and Lehman & Scheffler Real Estate Services

Calling all BBQ and beer enthusiasts! Witness BBQ teams from across the region vie for their share of the $6,000 prize money and the “Champion at the Smoke & Ale Fall Festival” Title!

Enjoy Michigan’s renowned craft beers, local wines, live music, cornhole tournament, cornbread cook-off, food trucks and kid zone. Most activities will be held indoors, so it’ll be a fantastic time in any weather.

The beer festival features local Michigan ales and ciders that are sure to please the finest craft beer palates. Live music by Metro Soul Band, Billy Mack & The Juke Joint Junkies, Mo’ Easy, Root Doctors and Sharon Broyles sets the tone for this upbeat fall event, and a great kid zone to entertain the entire family.

The Cornhole Classic is a great event! Participate as a competitor and win cash prizes, or as a spectator. If you are interested in competing please register by going to the Chamber website: link to register

Bring your best savory or sweet cornbread and enter the Cornbread Cookoff. Registrants can pick complimentary boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix, take it home and bake up their best recipes. Bakers can enter the sweet and/or savory categories. Call 734-475-1145 to reserve your free cornbread mix. link to register

The BBQ contests are open to everyone – bring your best chicken, pork ribs, pork butt or shoulder, and beef brisket and enter the Friday Backyard BBQ contest or the Professional Master Series on Saturday. Both contests are sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). KCBS sanctions BBQ and Grilling competitions across the U.S. and promotes barbeque as America’s cuisine. It is the largest society of barbeque enthusiasts in the world.

Experience Michigan beers, ciders and wines from

Bell’s Brewery

Founder’s Brewing Co.

Dark Horse Brewing Co.

Arcadia Ales

Arbor Brewing

North Peak Brewing

Mountain Town Brewing Company

Sietsema Orchards

Witch’s Hat Brewing Co.

Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales

Sandhill Crane Vineyards

Brewery Vivant


Schedule of Events – Friday, October 12

5:00 p.m.          Backyard BBQ Competition – open to novice and experienced cooks. For a copy of rules and more information, email

5:00 – 10:00 p.m.          Enjoy food from Whiskey Jack’s BBQ, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Hotel Hickman, Awesome Dogs, Lakehouse Bakery, Thompson’s Pizza, Michigan craft beers and wine

6:00 -7:30 p.m.             Live music from Mo’ Easy

8:00 -9:30 p.m.             Live music from Billy Mack & The Juke Joint Johnnies


Schedule of Events – Saturday, October 13

12 noon – 10 p.m.          Enjoy Michigan craft beer and wine; food from Whiskey Jack’s BBQ, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Big Kahuna Burger, Awesome Dogs, Hotel Hickman, Girl Scouts Bake Sale, Lakehouse Bakery and Thompson’s Pizza.

12 noon – 2 p.m.           The Professional Master Series Sanctioned Contest entries and judging. KCBS scores entries based on blind tastings by a panel of judges and a nine-point scale. Register at Register

12 noon – 5 p.m.           -Indoor Cornhole Classic competition with prizes for 1st through 5th place. Cornhole is located next to the craft beer barn. Register

-The kid zone is open featuring: slime stations, ATA Martial Arts demonstration, bike skills course, rubber ducky pond, magic shows, corn hole, Ballet Chelsea dancers, balloon art and a visit from a princess.

12:30 and 1:30 p.m.      Dangerous Dan Pirate Magic Show in the kid zone

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.          Live music from Sharon Broyles on the hammered dulcimer

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.            Live music from the Blue Rays

3:00 – 4:30 p.m.            Meet a real princess in the kid zone

3:30 – 5 p.m.                 Cornbread cookoff awards

KCBS Professional Master Series Awards – over $6,000 in prizes

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.            Live music from Root Doctors

7:00-9:30 p.m.              Live music from Metro Soul Band


Visit: Smoke&Ale, email:,, or call (734) 475-1145 for more information.

Interested in volunteering? Email for details.

This event is a fundraiser for the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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