Jack Pearadin and Doug Nelsen found a 1.73-carat diamond after nearly a year of searching the park's field.
The Second Annual World Cheese Dip Championship will be held on Saturday, September 24 at War Memorial, the Southern Cheese Dip Academy announced today.
Last year's inaugural event at Dickey-Stephens was a hit, even though organizers ran out of chips early in the day. It raised more than $5,000 to Harmony Health Clinic, last year's non-profit beneficiary.
The Academy also today announced regional spin-offs at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in Southaven, Miss. near Memphis and the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville on September 3 and September 10, respectively.
Registration will begin soon via cheesedip.net.
For background, check out Gerard Matthews' cover story about the festival and its founder, Nick Rogers, last year.
See the full release on the jump.
Southern Cheese Dip Academy Announces Open Call for Competitors
2nd Annual World Cheese Dip Championship and two regional Cheese Dip Classics will now
accept online applications for participants
Little Rock — The Southern Cheese Dip Academy is proud to host the 2nd Annual World Cheese Dip Championship on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at its new location, AT&T Field at War Memorial Stadium
in Little Rock, AR. The competition will feature challengers from around the region who believe they can
craft this year’s championship cheese dip.
Online registration will soon be open to the general public at www.CheeseDip.net for both the Amateur and Professional divisions of the World Cheese Dip Championship and the Southern Cheese Dip Academy’s
regional Cheese Dip Classics.
The Mid-South Cheese Dip Classic will be held at the Snowden Grove Amphitheater in the Memphis suburb
of Southaven, MS, on Saturday, September 3, 2011, and the Northwest Arkansas Cheese Dip Classic will take place in Fayetteville, AR, on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at the Arkansas Music Pavilion.
“We wanted to make the process as easy and convenient as possible for everyone who has a serious interest in showcasing their recipe in one of the Southern Cheese Dip Academy’s competitions,” said Academy founder Nick Rogers. “Because of the tremendous attendance and the community’s generous support of last year’s World Cheese Dip Championship, we were able to donate $5,000.00 to our non-profit beneficiary, Harmony Health Clinic. We have created two new Cheese Dip Classics this year and will crown a new World Cheese Dip Champion on September 24, 2011.”
The Classics will feature both Amateur and Professional divisions, and the champions will be determined by a panel of local celebrities, politicians, and food critics through a series of blind tastings. Festival attendees will be encouraged to vote on the “People’s Champion.” Winners receive cash prizes, as well as hand- crafted trophies created exclusively for the WCDC by a local artist. The Professional Division winners from the Mid-South and Northwest Arkansas Classics receive free entry into the 2nd Annual World Cheese Dip Championship in Little Rock, AR and hotel accommodations for Championship Weekend. Proceeds from all Southern Cheese Dip Academy events benefit local non-profits designated within each host community.