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.