Little Rock To Double-Dip Cheese Dip Championships in 2014

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013 12:00 am  

Some among you may have missed the announcement that the World Cheese Dip Championship, celebrated yearly in Little Rock since 2010, was going on hiatus this year.

But never fear, cheese dip aficionados, it appears there may be two cheese dip festivals in the city next year.

The presenters of the event since the first championship recently came to a parting of the ways.

Nick Rogers, who founded the championship four years ago, told Arkansas Business via email that his plan all along was to surrender control of the event once it was established.

“To that end, I left the festival in the equal care of two hands that had been there from the beginning — the Harmony Health Clinic and festival director John McClure. They indeed had some trouble aligning their visions for the event, to the extent that they ran out of time and had to cancel this fall’s festival. I was disappointed.”

Rogers said that he recently had given sole ownership and control to the Little Rock clinic, which was the championship’s charity beneficiary.

Eddie Pennell, the clinic’s director, said that Rogers had sold “the intellectual property of the Southern Cheese Dip Academy” to Harmony for $500. “He actually wanted less and we insisted on paying more,” Pennell said of Rogers. “He was willing to give it to us for $1 and we insisted on giving him $500.”

“Now we’ve gotten control of 100 percent of the event,” Pennell said. “We’re going to come back bigger and better next year. We’re sorry that we disappointed several thousand fans, that we’re not going to have it this fall. But we’ll make up for it next year.”

The Harmony Health Clinic, a free medical, dental and pharmacy clinic for the uninsured and low income in Pulaski County, has set Oct. 25, 2014, as the date for the next World Cheese Dip Championship, to be held on the grounds of the Clinton Library.

For his part, McClure said: “I want to keep everything on the up and up and not cause any hard feelings. But we just went our separate ways.”

On to the Bacon Bowl

Rogers praised McClure in his email, saying, “McClure is ambitious and full of ideas, so I’m sure his hands will be full with many other projects.”



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