Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championships


Thank you for your continued interest in Bloody Marys. We all know the importance of a good Bloody Mary. It cures the previous night, puts much needed sodium in your blood, and is always around for making a day buzz acceptable under any circumstance.

We also know that there can only be one “Best Bloody Mary in Nebraska”. No one seems to agree on who makes this Bloody Mary, but we’re pretty sure that the only reason we don’t know is because we haven’t been able to drink them all in the same day. That is about to change!

Last year we were able to determine a winner of the inaugural “Golden Celery Award” for the best Bloody Mary in the state. We also determined winners in a number of different categories including, Best of Omaha, Best of Lincoln, Best Individual, People’s Choice, Best Infused Vodka Bloody Mary, Best Presentation, and Best Garnish. 

Like any great sequel, this year the stakes are raised and the competition is increased. We’ve got a larger venue and anticipate larger crowds. So large that we moved the event to the Sunday of Arbor Day Weekend (after you plant a tree you need a drink, right?). We’ve had to change the judging because we are anticipating over 50 of Nebraska’s Best Bloody Mary’s.

So, do you think your Bloody Mary is the best? Sign up to compete!

To Enter – register online by clicking HERE!

Registration must be completed by April 20th.

Contest Rules:

Participants must be 21 years of age or older. 

Recipes should be prepared entirely on site.

If your recipe includes an infused vodka, let us know in advance!

Mixing begins at 11:00am and judging begins at noon. – Samples will be served from 11:30am – 2:00pm in 5oz plastic cups with ice (both provided).  

Each competitor must bring their own glass for the presentation category. 

All competitors are asked to be prepared and have at least 3 to 5 gallons of mix for the competition. 

All ingredients must be brought by the competitor (vodka will be provided).

1st Prize $500.00 and the Golden Celery Award

Other Categories: 

Best Bar 

Best Individual 

Best Omaha 

Best Lincoln 

Best Nebraska City 

Best Infused 

Best Presentation 

Best Garnish 

People’s Choice 

Event will happen rain or shine.

A portion of proceeds will go to the Nebraska Museum of Firefighting. 

Eat, Drink and be Mary!

Or, if you think you’re really just a better judge of other people’s talents then we still need you to help pick a winner.

When: Arbor Day Sunday – April 26th, 2015

Where: Fox Center – 424 Central Avenue,

Nebraska City, NE 68410

Time: 11AM – 2PM

If you have any questions please contact, Tim Pendrell,

Complete list of 2014 winners:

Golden Celery for Best in Nebraska

Bing’s Sports Bar, Nebraska City

Judge’s Runner-up for Best in Nebraska

Parker’s Smokehouse, Lincoln, Ashland, Nebraska City, NE

Best Individual

Rick Freshman, Nebraska City, NE

People’s Choice Runner-up for Best Overall

Rick Freshman, Nebraska City, NE

Best of Omaha

Jake’s Cigars and Spirits

Best of Lincoln

Jake’s Cigars and Spirits

Best Infused Vodka Bloody Mary

Arbor Day Farm’s Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodge & Conference Center for their Bacon Infused Vodka

Best Presentation

Parker’s Smokehouse, Lincoln, Ashland, Nebraska City, NE

Robin Gay, Nebraska City, NE

Best Garnish

Parker’s Smokehouse Smoked Rib

Robin Gay Deer Jerky