Note: Wednesday is a PRIVATE event by invitation only. No tickets are sold, and no one is allowed in without the proper wristband. It is closed to the public and will take place from 5pm to 8pm.
Thursday: 4:30pm - 8:00pm
About the Main Event
The Chamber BBQ Cook-Off is our largest fundraiser of the year. Guests may purchase tickets in advance at any Panhandle Tickets outlet for $30 in advance, or they will be $40 at the gate. Ticket prices are all-inclusive, so guests can enjoy all they can eat barbecue plus both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, with live music from Velvet Funk.
Everyone must have a proper 21+ wristband in order to be served. Our volunteers at the gate will check for valid IDs and supply wristbands to those old enough to consume alcohol. Minors will be wearing a bright, solid, neon wristband and should not be given alcohol. If someone is asking for alcohol at your booth and they do not look to be 21+, please verify their ID just in case.
Everything is included with the ticket price. Nothing can be sold within the event grounds. Bartenders may bring a tip jar to put out where they are working, but since everything is included in the ticket price, guests may or may not actually tip.
Gates open at 5pm, so bartenders should be in place ready to serve at that time. The beer companies will have their own volunteers to replenish product at your stations, and the Chamber will have volunteers who will replenish ice as needed. Ice trailers will be on site for more ice if you need more between volunteer drop-offs, but please do not leave alcohol unattended. Alcohol will not be restocked after 730pm and the event ends at 8pm.
There will be several beer / beverage stations located near the BLUE stage area on the map below. There will also be two Coors booths in the YELLOW area of the event that you may be serving from, but all bartenders must check in through the gate marked with the RED box below to get your name badge, wristband, and further instructions on where you'll be working.
Below is a map of the event area. You can drive in through the main blue gate off of 10th or in the gate off of 3rd. We have an area designated for volunteer and judges parking based on availability, however you are encouraged to park anywhere you can find a spot. To park in the special volunteer lot, print out the parking pass and place it on your dash.
Event Security / Chamber Staff
There will be uniformed Amarillo Police Department Officers on the grounds walking the crowd and stationed in certain areas. There will be some located near the main entrance gate should you need police or medical assistance for you or a guest.
If you have questions or issues, please look for a Chamber Staff member with a red Chamber nametag on, or if it is urgent, you may call or text one of us at:
Lindsey - (806) 683-4901
Jason - (806) 626-4774
Penni - (806) 674-7334
VOLUNTEER CODE OF CONDUCT As a volunteer, you are a representative of the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce for this event.
Volunteers are expected to behave in a professional and courteous manner to all of the teams, patrons, staff members, and guests.
Volunteers are expected to arrive ready to work at the time of their shift. Please allow extra time for parking and making your way to the check-in area BEFORE your scheduled shift.
Volunteers must be 21 years of age.
Volunteers may not bring other guests with them to their shift.
Children are NOT allowed in the volunteer area or to be with you as you work.
Only the confirmed volunteers will be allowed to enter the event for free. All others must have a ticket purchased in advance for $30 or at the gate for $40.
Volunteers are allowed to enjoy the food and drinks at the event either BEFORE your shift, or AFTER your shift. Volunteers should not leave their assigned area for the duration of their shift. Please make sure bathroom breaks or walking through the event is done outside of your scheduled work time.