Ah, you can smell it already: That smokey harbinger that heralds the return of gridiron days and parking-lot gorging. Ready your antacids: The Great Southern Tailgate Cookoff is back to kick football season off the right way, with some of the best barbecue in the nation here in our own backyard. Five bucks earns you the right to sample and help decide who gets pit bragging rights and prize money. Beech Street Blues Band, Rockit Fly, Dirt Floor Krackers, The Bama Gamblers and Swingin’ Medallions perform. Local craft beers, too!