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Sister Hazel to Perform at Fernandina’s Tailgate Classic

Sister Hazel to Perform at Fernandina's Tailgate ClassicKick off football season beach-style with Fernandina Beach’s Great Southern Tailgate Classic on August 21-22. Packed with live music and celebrating the best of football season in the South, the fun starts on Friday night and continues through Saturday, leading up to a performance by alternative rock favorite Sister Hazel.

Host hotel Residence Inn Amelia Island is offering a special package including two night’s stay in a spacious suite, two weekend event tickets ($50 value), free parking, free island shuttle & complimentary hot breakfast buffet. (Plus, just in case you need more time to tailgate, their new outdoor kitchen features two large grills alongside a fire pit, hot tub spa, and pool.)

You won’t want to miss:
-Friday night’s pep rally event kickoff featuring local bands and Colorado’s The Motet, a world-class improvisational funk band
-Saturday’s tailgate cooking demonstrations on the hour from 11am – 3pm
-The chance to earn points for your school by showing off your skills in Knockerball, cornhole, giant pong, dizzy punt, and other games
-Kid’s Zone activities for the younger fans and a Cool Zone for everyone
-Dancing on Saturday afternoon to the high-energy sounds of festival favorites Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band and New Orleans’ Dumpstaphunk
-Enjoying singer-songwriter Marc Broussard, a second-generation Louisiana musician known for his “Bayou Soul” style
-The team Spirit Pep Rally leading up to Sister Hazel taking the stage at 7:30 on Saturday night
-Tickets are on sale now, priced at $25 and good for the entire weekend. For more information and the full event schedule, visit greatsoutherntailgateclassic.com and the Great Southern Tailgate Classic Facebook page.

Friday – August 21, 2015
5:00pm – Gates open
5:30pm – 6:30pm – S.P.O.R.E. performs
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Rock-paper-scissors championships
7:00pm – 9:00pm – The Motet performs
9:00pm – Event concludes

Saturday – August 22, 2015
10am – Gates open
10:30am – 11:30am – Drumline showdown opening round
11:30am – 12:30pm – Rusty Shine performs
12:30pm – 1:00pm – Dizzy punt challenge
1:00pm – 2:30pm – Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band performs
2:30pm – 3:00pm – Drumline showdown finals
3:00pm – 4:30pm – Dumpstaphunk performs
5:00pm – Cornhole championships
5:00pm – 6:30pm – Marc Broussard performs
6:30pm – 7:30pm – Team spirit pep rally
7:30pm – 9:00pm – Sister Hazel performs
9:00pm – Event concludes

(Other fan interaction events to be held throughout the day. Stay tuned for updates for updates.)

For more about places to stay and activities to enjoy on Amelia Island, visit ameliaisland.com.

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Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff

Amelia Hotels Offer Discounts for Great Southern Tailgate CookoffAmelia Island, FL – Several of Amelia Island’s award-winning hotels, vacation rentals and inns have cooked up discounted room rates and unique packages for the upcoming Fifth Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, taking place August 22nd and 23rd. Visitors can take advantage of these specials to come enjoy the two-day cook-off event, which features free live entertainment, teams cooking up their best barbecue to win more than $20,000 in prize money and much more.

The following accommodations are offering discounts for the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off:

-Returning as the host hotel for the event, the Residence Inn by Marriot of Amelia Island is offering amazing rates and all the amenities you need for a fun weekend on the island. Enjoy rates as low as $109, as well as free transportation to and from the Cook-off all weekend, free full hot breakfast, and access to the hotel?s evening socials. Book online at www.residenceinnameliaisland.com/ or call 904-277-2440.

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-Amelia Hotel will be offering a DEAL rate for that weekend with rooms starting at $119 for standard rooms. Prices on other room types will vary, visit www.ameliahotel.com.

-Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, the only luxury resort within a two-minute walking distance of the event, is offering visitors with a 15 percent discount on all two or more night stays at the Lodge, during the Cook-off weekend. For reservations, call 904-277-4851, or visit www.elizabethpointelodge.com/.

-ERA Fernandina Beach Reality is offering a free night to guests who stay at least three nights (applies to stays that include either of the nights of Friday, Aug. 22 or Saturday, Aug. 23). This is valid for selected properties for any new reservations. Rates are subject to all applicable taxes and fees. www.fernandinabeachrealty.com/

-The Fairbanks House is offering a Cook-off package that includes 15 percent off three nights in any room, or a fourth night free, as well as free bottle of Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce and bag of Southern Slush Mix. Guests will also be treated to gourmet breakfasts and evening social hours with adult beverages and hors d’oeuvres. This offer is available for new bookings only, may not be combined with any other offers, and must be booked online. Mention code STC14 when making your reservation. www.fairbankshouse.com

-The Hoyt House Cook-off package includes two free tickets to the cook-off and 15 percent off any room. This offer is limited to a two-night minimum stay, and cannot be combined with any other special offer. www.hoythouse.com

-Omni Amelia Island Plantation is offering 15 percent off their best available rate during the Cook-off weekend. Call 888-261-6161 and reference the promotion code: cookoff. Reservations may also be confirmed online at www.omniameliaisland.com using the same promotion code.

-The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island welcomes summer with the launch of “Weekday Breakaway” package during the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, with $500 in resort credits. This offer is valid weekdays near the Cook-off event: August 17-19 and 24-28. Guests may reserve the three or more nights “Weekend Breakaway” now through August 28, 2014. For reservations, call 800-241-3333 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/ameliaisland.

beech-st-blues-band-fernandina-cookoff2014Don’t miss the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, serving up finger-licking-good barbeque with some of the top competitors in the country and live musical entertainment from five exciting bands including, The Dirt Floor Krackers, Swingin’ Medallions, RockIt Fly, and the local Beech Street Blues Band.

For more information about the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off, entertainment lineup and each of the accommodations offering discounts, visit www.gstailgatecookoff.com.

Contact each hotel for reservations and any restrictions.

About Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off
The 5th Annual Great Southern Tailgate Cook-off will fire up again on August 22nd and 23rd on Amelia Island. Barbeque cooking teams from across the country will compete for cash prizes, and of course, bragging rights. The cook-off is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and features professional and backyard barbeque competition teams. The cook-off features live musical entertainment, tasty food and beverage items and the VIP Pig Pub for an enhanced experience. The event is a fundraiser for the Gator Bowl Association and is held as Main Beach on Amelia Island, where the beach meets the brisket. Visit, gstailgatecookoff.com for more information.

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