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Thank you to the fine folks of West Virginia including book author Roger Engle from Martinsburg, and Vic Cox owner of Cox Camping, a business member of the Berkely-Morgan Chamber of commerce who sent letters into the Governor to see if we could get our proclamation for this event.
What is that you ask?
We do have a Certificate of Recognition in Virginia from their Governor, declaring our Hogging Up Virginia a State Championship as we help several non profits. This means as a State Championship, your winner of the KCBS contest can go onto getting exclusive invites (or be entered into a pool for an invite) at more prestigious contests. But only if they will accept such certificate. A Proclamation is preferred.
Why do you need it for West Virginia you ask?
Even though we are the only Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event in West Virginia for 2014, we can’t be dubbed “State Championship” until the Governor decides it as so. Strange, but true. Therefore if we don’t obtain the proclamation it will not be the best for our competitors.
Why the hold up?
Governors are very busy! They must review everything thoroughly. States like Iowa, Illinois, Colorado, California and Arizona have issued state wide proclamations for all KCBS sanctioned events automatically!
We look forward to proceeding forward and bringing you more updates, as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience.
History of the Area
They say Great Cacapon takes it’s name from the Cacapon river, which in Native American translation means “Medicine Water.” According to the history of the Castle of Berkeley Springs, Native Americans as far away as Canada made passage to this river to drink the water to cure ailments. Magic in it’s own right, the area is simply stunning and beautiful. It’s no wonder this was settlement to so many Native American tribes back in the 1700′s or before. History of the Delaware and Shawnee tribes among others are told in the “Battle of Great Cacapon” with George Washington in 1756.
Pronounced Kay-Kay-Pon, we’ve even seen it spelled Great Cacapehon in 1700′s history books, many accounts in Google Book Search. According to Wikipedia, “It was originally known as Cacapon Depot on the B&O Railroad mainline when a post office was established in 1848. “ The official name change did not occur until 1876, its name was changed to Great Cacapon to clear up some confusion with Little Cacapon and this area. As for population, last census put them on the map at 386.
Cox Camping at Great Cacapon is approximately 12 miles “up” or “down” the mountain depending on who you are asking from the center of Berkley Springs. You must follow the river and see the gorgeous views along the way including the Castle….sounds like a great place for a BBQ festival huh?
While You Visit…
. A quick trip to the Berkeley Springs and you can see George Washington’s bathtub and visit the rest of Cacapon State Park.
Ralf Brown has a huge gallery of Berkeley Springs photos here.
This part of the Appalachian mountains includes wondrous Prospect Peak, where you can look down and see the winding glory of the river, the Paw Paw tunnel and of course, visit the Castle which may be haunted!
Pic found on the official Castle page here.
There is even a Facebook page for people who like Great Cacapon!
You can view more photographs on Rhonda Donaldson’s Blog here.
Welcome to Dub V Pub ! Dub V Pub is a restaurant and sports bar located in lovely Martinsburg, West Virginia. They are helping promote our festival in the Martinsburg area and we can’t thank them enough. After all, Great Cacapon is almost neighbors, right? They have a saying in West Virginia that the country roads aren’t that long. So a hop, skip and a jump lands you right in the center of Martinsburg.
If you are looking for a cool place to hang out, check out this place with daily specials, great food and sporty atmosphere, dubbed a “Mountaineer Haven”, by the locals. Dub V Pub combines the best of both into a different kind of neighborhood gathering place. With five flat screen TV’s and live entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays how can you go wrong!
Check them out:
Address: 1544 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405
If you are looking to sponsor or help us promote our festival, click here for our Sponsor Kit!
If you are interested in performing at the Hogging Up WV Festival located in Great Cacapon, WV, at Cox Camping, on October 24-25th, here’s what you need to know.
WE WANT UNDISCOVERED PERFORMERS and SUPPORT LOCAL TALENT
FOR 2014 PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO OLD TIME APPALACHIAN MUSIC
BANJO, FIDDLE, TWANGY MUSIC? WE WANT YOU!
We want your Uncle Stu who picks his banjo like a rock star but has never thought he was good enough to play anywhere. We want Aunt Jean who plays a mean fiddle and hasn’t ever taken it seriously. Record ‘em and send him to us. We are looking for Old Time Appalachian Music. People who can fiddle on a porch (this one) and get some people’s boots stomping. The music will be piped wireless through a gorgeous camp setting, literally. Country performers are welcome too, so long as don’t mind taking your guitar with you and walking around singing. Yes, that’s what we want.
You don’t need to be a national act or have a huge resume to apply to us, send us your “Press Kit” to this email which is really only this:
- Contact Info
- Sample of Music (Youtube, SoundCloud, etc.)
- Website or Facebook (you don’t have to have one.)
- Rates *
*This is a first year event. We aren’t hiring you if your rate is astronomical so don’t waste our time or yours applying. We work hard to promote you, and give you good press on our Facebook page, website and even the promoter’s Twitter account. We want small time talent not big national acts. Although we love music our gate rates can’t warrant larger more expensive acts. We will be looking for acts that are playing for inexpensive or free, and want to discover those undisovered gems hiding somewhere in the mountains. This is a great opportunity for Aunt Jean or Uncle Stu to be a star for a day.
Again, we are looking for Old Tyme music, and Country Music performers.
It was a hard decision just where to hold a BBQ festival in West Virginia. Our major issue was finding good spaces with water and electric for our competitors. We looked at places in Berkeley County and actually visited or talked to 12 of them from campgrounds to fairgrounds. The issues were lack of electricity some not set up right, or perhaps a bit too small. Some just didn’t feel right, or the people we talked to just didn’t sound like they were excited or be on board. That means a lot. We really liked Kathie’s Lazy A Campground and she would have been totally on board with us, but there was concern of possible flooding in parts in October as well as only so many electrical spaces. We could have worked around that but more importantly, this was the former location of Pickin’ in the Panhandle and did not want to be in any way confused with them.
Too big, too small, what do to? We pitched to some places who just weren’t interested in having anything to do with a BBQ event. We were so frustrated that we talked about giving up. If we could just keep looking and find the perfect place….
We then went into Berkly Springs (Morgan County) to check out one final place, our last attempt if you will… That is where we fell in love with Cox Camping’s 60-some acre property nestled at the bottom of the Appalachian Mountains. We told Vic Cox what we wanted to do , and he was on board since “hello.” He is going to be the guy who helps us KEEP a KCBS competition in West Virginia. This mean moving the event from our anticipated location of Berkeley County to Great Cacapon (pronounced by most locals as Kay-Kaye-Pin) ….so now what? Our concern since day one, was being confused with the former Pickin’ in the Panhandle if we kept the event in Berekely County. Moving it out of Berkeley County into the next town was a way to keep confusion down to a minimum. It just felt perfect.
Where is it going to be held?
Cox Camping 44 Cox Lane, Great Cacapon, WV 25422
(off of Milo School Rd.)
Directions: Click here.
Travel along a mountain, into a back road, past a few houses and then it seems, you are in almost heaven . Vic Cox started making his campground a reality in 1991, expanding it slowly he now has enough property that a first year festival can take a nice size chunk of the campground, and each year, can continue each year to expand and grow.
We will be using a completely different setting of a festival. We’ll be pickin’ on the porch with Old Tyme Music. Judges will be judging on a cottage covered porch. Visiting vendors, competitors and food vendors in the woods, this will be wild.
As we finalize details with planning and work on promotions with Vic, please check back for forms by April. We are very excited to be able to keep an event full of BBQ in West Virginia.
The good news is we’ve found the best location ever! Once we have it finalized the kinks we will announce it and go straight into planning and publicity mode.
The bad news (or maybe not so bad news for some of you) is we’ve had to change our dates , moving it back a few weeks. One, lack of suitable venues. Many locations are closed effective November 1st forcing us to rethink the second week in November dates. Two, a few weeks may just help us weather wise. Let’s hope anyways! Three, we think that these new dates October 24-25th 2014 are the dates of the JACK. We know the best will go to the Jack, but maybe for the rest of you, you’ll come and join us in lovely Almost Heaven WV grilling up some good que.
STAY TUNED for more information. We are working out the kinks now.