Former Braves Player, John Rocker, and former Braves Coach, Leo Mazzone, will be in the VIP Tent!

Former Braves Player, John Rocker, and former Braves Coach, Leo Mazzone, will be available for meet and greet in the VIP section at the Whole Hawg BBQ Festival! VIP tickets can be purchased at the festival in front of the VIP section.

John Rocker

John Rocker<br />

John has been involved in sports since the age of 6. From 1989-1993 he was named to All-Region Football Team twice, All-Region Baseball Team three times, All-State Baseball Team twice, the GISA All-State Team once and was the GISA Player of the Year in 1993. To finish off his senior year, Rocker signed a baseball scholarship with The University of Georgia but politely declined in order to sign a professional contract with the Atlanta Braves. He remained with the Braves organization for nine and a half seasons and was the Braves closing pitcher for his final four years. John was forced to retire in 2005 due to a shoulder injury. Since his retirement from sports, John has focused on real estate development having developed over 700 multi-family, single family attached, condominium units, and residential lots totaling nearly $70 Million. In addition to his business endeavors, Rocker has been a radio analyst for several programs such as ESPN Radio in Chicago and Sports News Radio in New York.

John has been actively involved in Ultimate Team Up for the Wheelin’ Sportsmen in Alabama, The Georgia Transplant Foundation, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital and the United Sportsman Alliance. He has hosted children from the Ronald McDonald House to NASCAR races at the Atlanta Motor Speedway and sponsored a team in the Cos MS 150 bike ride to raise funds in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

John resides in Atlanta Georgia where he is a tireless, driving force behind Save Homeless Veterans and has been instrumental in getting the organization to where it is today. Rocker also wrote and published his memoirs, “Rocker: Scars and Strikes” in 2011 with the collaboration of celebrity biographer, J. Marshall Craig and publishing house, Mill City Press.

Leo Mazzone

Leo Mazzone is considered by many to be the best pitching coach in the game today. He was the long-time pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves and became pitching coach for the Baltimore Orioles following the 2005 season.

A southpaw, Mazzone was a minor league pitcher from 1967 to 1975 before becoming a coach. After retiring as a player, Mazzone was manager of the independent Corpus Christi Seagulls in the Gulf States League in 1976, and Lone Star League in 1977. He then moved to the independent Kinston Eagles of the Class A Carolina League during the 1978 season. Mazzone’s temper and vocabulary got him tossed out of several games that season. You could hear Mazzone’s loud and angry voice throughout the Eagles’ ballpark when he argued with umpires. Following the season, Kinston owner Ray Kuhlman, who knew Paul Snyder and others in the Atlanta Braves’ organization, recommended Mazzone for a job.

Atlanta hired Mazzone in 1979 and he has taken advantage of the opportunity to become a highly-successful coach. He was a coach with the Durham Bulls (1983- mid-1984), Sumter Braves (1986), Greenville Braves (1987), and Richmond Braves (1988- mid-1990) before he was named the pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves in June 1990. He was also a manager of Greenville for part of 1984 and was co-pitching coach in Atlanta with Johnny Sain in 1985.

His pitching staffs anchored 14 division winners in Atlanta. Among his pitchers’ accomplishments with the club are four ERA titles, six Cy Young Awards, and nine twenty game winners.

Following the 2005 season, Mazzone was pursued by the New York Yankees but instead chose to become pitching coach of the Orioles. In Baltimore, he joined manager Sam Perlozzo, a childhood friend of his from Westernport. Perlozzo even served as the best man in Mazzone’s wedding. As compensation for losing Mazzone, the Orioles sent minor leaguer Moises Hernandez to the Braves. When Perlozzo was fired in June, 2007, Mazzone said he would complete his contract with the team, as he understood that his best friend’s firing was just a part of the game. However following the 2007 season Mazzone was let go by the Orioles.


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Volunteer Information

All volunteers are to meet 15 before their scheduled times at Marietta Museum of History.

Marietta Museum of History
One Depot Street
Marietta, GA 30060

The Museum is located behind Hemmingways, in between the GWTW Museum and the Marietta Welcome Center (the depot). The door faces the railroad tracks. Volunteers may enter through the back door if the front door is unavailable.

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All Payments Must be Recieved by Thursday!

All Vendors must have payment in by Thursday, 9/26/2013. If payment has not been received, you will not be able to set up on Sunday.

All Electricity must be paid or you will not have any electricity.

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BBQ LAYOUT and SUNDAY LOAD Rules and Regulations

  • LAYOUT for BBQ Setup – click to Tent Set Up
  • Restaurant List – click to see Restaurant List Number
  • Rules and Regulations for Sunday-Food and Non-food Vendor Set Up – click to Rules and Regulations
  • Unloading Parking Pass – click to Rules and Regulations
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE 9/24/2013

    This layout has the option to change slightly on Saturday after the tent walk through is complete. No major changes will be made but we ask that all participants check back to confirm on Saturday.

    Unloading pass will be posted for download by Thursday.

    All final last minute requests that are suggested by the city staff and fire marshal will be posted by Thursday.

    Please bring the following with you………….
    -All items to clean up your area. Tarps or boxes are suggested in order to avoid grease on the pavement.
    -No cooking with grease on any sidewalk.
    -Bring your own electrical cords, brooms, and washing equipment for your area. If you leave without being checked out by onsite coordinators, you will not be asked to return for future events for this festival.
    -Be sure to have a fire extinguisher and please note the fire safety rules listed on our website.

    These MUST be followed or you will be asked to not return.

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    Health License DUE TODAY 9/23/13.

    All Health License Applications need to be turned in to either MaryClaire Andres or the Heath department by TODAY. You will not be allowed to participate without the license.

    If you do not have a Cobb County Temporary Health permit like the one listed under the VENDORS page, you will not be able to participate if you are selling any kind of food or open container. This also applies to carts, shaved iced, and lemonade stands.

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    Cottage Food License Requirements.

    It has been brought to our attention that some restaurants are being asked to have a copy of the Cottage Food License. If this happens, please call the Cobb County Douglas County Health Dept and ask to speak with Martin Little or Karen Gulley. They are aware of our event and will not require this to our knowledge.

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    VIP Tickets will be sold at the VIP Booth

    Tickets for the VIP Booth will be available for purchase at the VIP Booth on the the day of the festival. Tickets include 3 soft drinks, beer or sangria tickets, private tented area to rest and wind down, and BBQ Plate.

    VIP Tickets:
    Adult: $25.00
    Senior: $15.00

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