Mesquite Gaming, owner of Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo and Casablanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa, announced recently an official partnership with the City of Mesquite to celebrate its 2016 Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days, May 4 – 8.

Mesquite Gaming has joined efforts with the City of Mesquite to celebrate the city’s heritage, traditions and down home weekend full of fun. A much-anticipated part of the event, the Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days BBQ Championship boasts one of the largest prize purses in the west at $40,000.

Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days events and activities include: 

Wednesday, May 4

  • Old Fashion Family Fun Night
  • Mesquite Days BBQ

Thursday, May 5

  • Mesquite Days Carnival
  • Mesquite Days Annual Founders Forum
  • Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days BBQ Championship

Friday, May 6

  • Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days BBQ Championship
  • Mesquite Days Carnival

Saturday, May 7

  • City of Mesquite Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast
  • Mesquite Days Carnival
  • Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days BBQ Championship

Sunday, May 8

  • Mesquite Days Carnival

The Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days BBQ Championship is free for attendees. Hundreds of grill masters from throughout the country are expected to flock to Mesquite for this competition.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the City of Mesquite on one of its greatest community events,” said Anthony Toti, Mesquite Gaming CEO. “This partnership enhances our ongoing efforts to bring multiple, family friendly events to our community and we’re excited about the opportunity to build on the BBQ, which holds such equity with both attendees and participants.”

The community event brings together families and friends of all ages to enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere with rides, 40 – 50 food/arts and crafts vendors. Just across the street from the carnival at the CasaBlanca Resort and Casino a world-class BBQ championship with more than 10,000 attendees and will feature a micro beer garden and 2-3 BBQ food vendors. Detailed information and event and activity schedules are available online at Mesquite Gaming will offer special hotel rates at both Casablanca Resort-Casino-Golf-Spa and Virgin River Hotel/Casino/Bingo.

“I am so excited about Mesquite Days this year. We have partnered with Mesquite Gaming and are combining Smokin’ in Mesquite and Mesquite Days into one community event. Smokin’ in Mesquite will be at the CasaBlanca Events Center and right across the street will be Mesquite Days in the Oasis Special Events parking lot. By working together, both events will be bigger and better for the community,” said City of Mesquite Mayor, Al Litman.

For up-to-the-minute information on Smokin’ Hot Mesquite Days:

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  • Follow the event on Twitter @CasablancaNV