“The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge” Kicks Off Today – Get the Scoop!

Kellie Pickler - photo 130723_Kellie_Pickl#16142EF currentCracker Barrel Old Country Store® and the Academy of Country Music announced today “The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge” leading up to the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music  Awards LIVE on CBS on Sunday, April 19, from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

On Saturday, April 18, country music artists and team captains Kellie Pickler and Thomas Rhett will direct their opposing teams to battle it out on Cracker Barrel’s giant checkerboard. The fun takes place onsite at the 2015 ACM Party for a Cause Festival: 50 Years of Music & Memories at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, leading up to the 50th ACM Awards.

Through a $35,000 donation from Cracker Barrel, ACM Lifting Lives® will donate $25,000 to the winning team’s charity and $10,000 to the losing team’s charity. Pickler, a USO tour vet, has selected the USO and Rhett has selected DAV as the benefiting charities. SiriusXM “The Highway” Satellite Radio personality Storme Warren will serve as host for the event.

“Music is as important to our country spirit as a home cooked meal,” said Chris Ciavarra, senior vice president of marketing for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.  “That’s why Cracker Barrel has partnered with the Academy of Country Music to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. We are excited about offering our fans everywhere an opportunity to connect with Cracker Barrel and the Academy by hosting both an online checkers tournament and an on-site celebrity game.”

Six Grand Prize Winners from the online Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge (which begins today), two participants selected by Cracker Barrel at a later date, 12 country music artists to be revealed later, a representative from the USO, a representative from DAV, and the two spouses of the team captains will be divided equally to create the two opposing teams. Each team member will be a “human playing checkers piece” and will follow directions given by the team captains.8a404d899375e6d2c5d1bbe7_186x186

Beginning today, Feb. 2, fans can enter “The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge” sweepstakes game* at CrackerBarrel.com.  The game will continue until March 23 when six Grand Prize Winners will be crowned. The six Grand Prize Winners will each win a trip for two to the ACM Awards at AT&T Stadium outside Dallas and a spot on the checkerboard to play in the ultimate Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Country Checkers Challenge with team captains Pickler and Rhett. All rules and regulations can be found at CrackerBarrel.com.

Additional details, including the names of the country music artists participating in the checkers game at ACM’s festival, will be revealed soon.

Juliet Schroder

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.