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The Southern Flame Festival is a family friendly event featuring barbecue cooked by competitive teams, music from nationally recognized bluegrass bands, dancing and all-day fun. Gates open at 10:30 AM. The Festival begins at 11:00 AM and runs until 8:00 PM. All day parking is $10 per car. Food and beverage tickets are available for purchase at $1 each. Using tickets, guests have their choice of barbecue taste samples from the cook teams, hamburgers, hot dogs, non-alcoholic beverages and beers. The Southern Flame Festival barbecue competition is sanctioned by the Southern BBQ Network (SBN). Awards are presented to the cook teams from 3:00 – 4:00 PM by judges who are accredited by the SBN. Award-winning Lonesome River Band headlines the event and plays from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. On stage from 12:00 – 2 PM is Common Ground, led by award-winning and Grammy nominated, Alan Bibey. The Southern Flame Festival benefits the Summerville Miracle League (SML), a non-profit organization with the sole mission of affording opportunities for all persons with special needs in the Dorchester County.