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The Southeast's best weekend anglers and some of the nation's top barbecuers will display their skills for the Bainbridge, Georgia community on October 16, 2010.American Bass Anglers is bringing duel events to Bainbridge, Georgia and Lake Seminole: the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series Regional Championship and is the fourth stop in the ABA barbecue cook-off. The bass tournament is the Regional Championship for anglers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia Mississippi and South Carolina. The anglers will begin their day launching out of the Earle May Boat Basin. Weigh in will be on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 & 17 at 3:00pm each day. The public is invited to this FREE event."These ABA barbecue events are a lot of fun", said Kevin Rake, Early Times Pro, "and if you haven't yet been to one, you just simply don't know what you are missing. They combine the Weekend Series bass tournament and the barbecue event, which is like a festival, and allows us anglers to weigh in front of a lot of bass fishing fans," concluded Rake."Bringing both a barbecue cook-off festival and the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series tournament to a location like Bainbridge will give a lot of exposure for two sports on the same weekend," said David Hagood, ABA vice president. "The Weekend Series anglers will be put on stage in front of a larger audience than they have experienced in the past, and the same is true for the barbecue teams.The barbecue cook-off is a growing sport and melds extremely well with ABA bass tournaments. The teams are mobile and set up outside to create an instant festival for the community. Bainbridge is rolling out the red carpet for the event, which both the barbecue teams, bass anglers and the community will enjoy.""The barbecue cook-off features the best barbecue competition teams from across the country," said Debra Talley, ABA national marketing director. "Barbecue teams will arrive in Bainbridge on Thursday and Friday, October 14 and 15, to prepare for the big day on Saturday, October 16. The pro-barbecue teams compete in four meat categories: Chicken, Ribs, Pork and Brisket. ABA also offers a Backyard Team category and those teams compete in only two meat categories -- Chicken and Ribs. All teams can also compete in the Sauce and Dessert categories."We are excited that the event in Bainbridge has been chosen as the Georgia State Barbecue Championship, as proclaimed by Gov. Sonny Perdue," Talley said. "For competitors, it means they are offered a birth into the Kansas City Royal Championship."Admission to the event is free and the public is invited to enjoy the festivities of the day and meet the barbecue teams and bass anglers. Vendors of all types will be showing their products -- from outdoor furniture to arts and crafts -- and of course there will be food vendors. The Battle of the Bands will kick off at 10 a.m. and motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to take part in the Legion Riders to raise funds for the Legacy Foundation - funding college tuition for children of fallen soldiers. The Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series weigh-in will be at 3 p.m., as well as the barbecue awards presentation which are taking place on 2 separate stages. Closing out the day will be the Battle of the Bands, with the winner being announced around 8 p.m.Barbecue information: For more information about competing as a professional barbecue or a backyard team visit www.ababbq.comBassmaster Weekend Series information: For more information about the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series visit www.weekendseries.comFor more information about Bainbridge, GA, Lake Seminole and the surrounding area, and all of the events for the BBQ Cook-off, visit the Bainbridge Convention & Visitors Bureau website at www.visitbainbridgega.com or call (229)-243-8555.The five-city tour will end with the Championship in Guntersville, AL on Nov. 6.