2009 Smokin' at the Ocean Barbecue & Brewfest adds Carnival Rides and Safety Fair at Chinook Winds Casino Resort July 9-12

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#1 competitive eater in the world, Joey Chestnut, is scheduled to defend his title.

#1 Eater in the World Joey Chestnut is scheduled to compete.

Smokin' at the Ocean Barbecue & Brew Fest makes a triumphant return to Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City, Oregon, Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Vendors offering some of the best barbecue the Pacific Northwest has to offer and a vast selection of microbrews will keep attendees coming back for more. A live music showcase featuring regional talent is also set to entertain the crowd. And the return of the national pork rib eating contest rounds out a fun-packed family weekend. Admission is free.

The International Federation of Competitive Eating (IFOCE) sanctioned Rib Eating Championship boasts a top prize of $1500. Amateur eaters can earn a chance to compete against professional eaters by finishing in one of the top four spots from a field of fifteen in the regional amateur eating contest. Amateur eaters must register by 3:30pm on Saturday, July 11, and pay a $20 entry fee to compete. Amateur qualifiers will take on the 2008 Rib Eating Champion and #1 ranked IFOCE competitive eater, Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, and other top eaters like Erik "The Red" Denmark and Cameron "Consumption" McKirdy, from Seaside, Oregon on Sunday, July 12, at 3pm.

The competitive eating all begins with a media challenge Saturday at 2pm where Chinook Winds Casino Resort will donate to the chosen charity of the top three winners. A portion of the proceeds from Smokin' at the Ocean event will be donated to the Lincoln City Backpack program, which collects food for underprivileged school children.

If safety is what you are looking for, don't miss the Safety Fair Friday, July 10, from noon to 6pm in the parking area of Chinook Winds Casino Resort. The local D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) officer will share information regarding bike safety as well as providing fingerprinting kits to parents. The skateboard safety booth will be handing out helmets or elbow and knee pads from 2pm to 4pm while supplies last with a completed bingo card. The United States Forestry Service will be here with special guest Smokey the Bear. There will also be drawings every hour throughout the day.

This year Chinook Winds Casino Resort has added carnival rides for kids of all ages. The carnival hours are: 11am until 10pm Thursday, July 9; Noon until 10pm Friday July 10; 10am to 8pm Saturday July 11; 10am until 5pm Sunday July 12. Ticket prices are $3.50 each or 5 for $15. All rides take one ticket. There will be special Safety Fair coupons on Friday for $2.50 per ticket on Friday only.

There is no charge for admission to attend this family event. Event hours for Smokin' at the Ocean BBQ & Brewfest are Saturday, July 11, from 10am to 10pm and Sunday, July 12, from 10am to 5pm. More information on the International Federation of Competitive Eaters Association (IFOCE) can be found at http://www.ifoce.com . Go to http://www.chinookwindscasino.com for updated event information.

It all starts with family fun, as for the first time, Chinook Winds brings Carnival rides and attractions to Lincoln City.

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, July 9

  • Carnival Rides -- 11am-10pm

Friday, July 10

  • Carnival Rides -- Noon-10pm
  • Safety Fair -- Noon-6pm

Saturday, July 11

  • Barbecue and Brewfest -- 10am to 10pm
  • Carnival -- 10am-8pm
  • Water Brothers Band -- Noon-2pm
  • Media/Charity Rib Eating Contest -- 2pm

-Top 3 finishers earn donation to charity of their choice
-1st - $300, 2nd - $200, 3rd - $100, plus invitation to Rib Eating Finals on Sunday

  • IFOCE Qualifier for World Championship Rib Eating Contest -- 4pm

-Preliminary Rib Eating Contest - Top 4 finishers qualify for finals

  • Free Poker Walk - over $500 in cash and prizes -- 5pm-6pm
  • The Salmon River Band -- 6pm-8pm
  • The Highway 9 Band -- 8:30pm-10pm

Sunday, July 12

  • Barbecue and Brewfest -- 10am to 5pm
  • Carnival -- 10am-5pm
  • Virtual Ground -- Noon-1:30pm
  • IFOCE World Championship Rib Eating Contest (To consist of IFOCE active members and the 4 finalists from the amateur competition) -- 3 pm

-1st place: Trophy and $1,500
-2nd place: Trophy and $750
-3rd place: Trophy and $500

Chinook Winds Casino Resort offers 24-hour Las Vegas-style gaming, 18 hole golf course, headline entertainment from some of the industry's most legendary stars, three full service restaurants, secure childcare facility and arcade, and a 227 room ocean front hotel. Chinook Winds Casino Resort is located on the beach in Lincoln City, Oregon and is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. For more information please visit http://www.chinookwindscasino.com or call 1-888-CHINOOK (244-6665).

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