Swine and Dine takes first place in booth competition at World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Booths battle for bragging rights

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Food is only one part of the experience in Tom Lee Park.

The booth displays are the real crowd pleasers and this year's winners all uniquely showed off their Memphis pride.

In third place, Pork Illustrated centered on the sports side of the Bluff City.

"The Tigers, the Grizzlies, the Redbirds,” said Chris Kuntzman, Pork Illustrated.

They're all represented! Including an authentic Memphis Tigers football helmet.

Second place went to All Star Ten Pin Porkers, who made their booth sing with the faces of Memphis music.

"If it was Memphis, they're here,” said Chris Sutton, All Star Ten Pin Porkers.

Their booth display wasn't all about Justin Timberlake and Aretha Franklin.

It was about you, with a funky mirror and the words, "you are Memphis 200."

"Doesn't matter from what country, from where you're from, you step in that mirror and you are Memphis,” said Sutton.

The first place booth included some incredibly comprehensive Memphis history.

"Just about everything in Memphis is up there,” said Austin Brown, Swine and Dine.

Wrapped around the front of Swine and Dine's booth is a hand-painted, painstakingly detailed mural of the last 200 years in the Bluff City.

"It took about six to seven months to hand paint it,” said Brown.

To top it off, Swine and Dine included a recreation of the Zippin Pippin. It’s an all wood roller coaster from the Libertyland amusement park, with famous Memphians along for the ride.

Getting first place is a dream Austin Brown has had for years.

"I was shouting all last night ‘number one, number one’ hugging every person I could find,” said Brown.

Rest assured that the booths behind them are motivated to not let Swine and Dine ride on top for long.

"We definitely want to go for a win, we're coming back,” said Kuntzman.

"To drop down to second place has really just ignited a fire that we are going to come hard next year,” said Sutton.

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