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About the Car Show and BBQ Competition

The SOWELA Flying Tigers Car Show and BBQ Competition is a fundraiser for the SOWELA Foundation to help provide Southwest Louisiana students with scholarship opportunities and enhancements at SOWELA Technical Community College. Whether you are a car show participant, attendee, or barbeque competitor, you play an important part in helping provide students with the opportunity to reach their educational and career goals.

If you’re attending the show

The show will be held at SOWELA Technical Community College on Saturday, September 21, 2019. The event runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission to the car show is free. BBQ tasting tickets are $5 per person.

Purchase Tickets Online

If you’re showcasing a vehicle at the show

All show vehicles should arrive at 8 a.m. the day of the event. For public safety reasons, we must close the car show vehicle gate at 8:45 a.m.

Register your Vehicle Online

If you’re competing in the BBQ Competition

Both novice and professional barbecuers are invited to compete in the BBQ competition for cash prizes and bragging rights. Award categories include ribs, BBQ chicken, brisket, and pulled meat. The competition is not sanctioned. Early bird registration is $90 for a team of five individuals if registered by September 15, 2019.

Register for the BBQ Competition


The car show is at SOWELA Technical Community College in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Take the Legion Street exit off Interstate 210 and head east on Senator J. Bennett Johnston Avenue.

Download the Campus Map (PDF)


The car show will take place rain or shine. Concrete parking is available and vehicles being showcased will also park on concrete. If the car show is cancelled due to lightning or other severe weather conditions, the event will not be rescheduled.


Alcoholic Beverages – Because the car show is conducted on College grounds, consumption of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited at all times. State regulations prohibit any exceptions to this policy.

Pets – No pets are allowed on the show grounds unless they are a Leader or Seeing Eye dog or other animals used for assistance by handicapped persons.

Bicycles – Bicycles are not allowed on show grounds.