Latest Event Updates
Almost Heaven Hotel! We are pleased to announce our historic hotel is the The County Inn West Virginia as our host hotel in the center of Berkeley Springs, and full of rich history. It is only 12 miles from our event and our suggested choice for our guests. We personally recommend it!
The Inn is in front and has fancier suites, but if you just want a regular hotel room, there is a full hotel behind! There lies a variety of different level rooms waiting for you. By mentioning the “HOGGING UP GROUP RATE” you will get a discount on any room you choose. You will need to CALL to book the room and not use the online service.
How to Book, easy as 1-2-3:
1. Call: 304-258-1200
2. Mention: “Hogging Up Group Rate” , this applies to the weekend of October 24-25th.
3. Book your Room!
The Historic Country Inn has been under complete renovations! It’s history dates back to 1933, and is known for being a relaxing historic retreat (and spa!) What a great way to spend the weekend ! You can view more photos on their Facebook page!
Directions from the Inn and to the BBQ Festival:
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Thanks to Hatfield for supporting our Hogging Up efforts , did you know Big Fat Daddy’s exclusively uses Hatfield Pork, Sausage, and Ribs all summer long? So, here’s a shameless plug to make sure to check out Hatfield Quality Meats for all your BBQ needs. From professional competition to backyard barbecuing, they have something for everyone. Not only do they have a vast variety of products, but they offer great recipes on their website! Did you know they are also on social media?
Twitter – @Hatfield_Meats
KCBS teams: In case you didn’t hear, we do have the Governor’s blessing as in and Official Proclamation, and now having been named a State Championship. So, there you have it. Woot Woot.
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
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