West Virginia

Smokin’ Gnome First Team In

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smokin' gnome bbq1. Smokin’ Gnome BBQ

Pitmaster: Sal Gobat

Representing: Shippensburg, PA

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Here come the teams folks, see them cook it up for fame and glory and the prize purse at Hogging Up West Viginia! Welcome little gnomes!

He-Men Old Time Music Added To Entertainment

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The He-Men hail from the moutains of the Panhandle, from West Virginia and Maryland, playing Old Time Music that will rock your socks off. See them perform various times on Saturday October 25th 2014 at Cox Camping at the Hogging Up WV BBQ Festival.

Featured Lead Singer: Michael Columbus of “Cosmic Hillbilly”HeMen Michael Columbus

Vendors, Competitors and Performers Accepted Now for Hogging Up West Virginia

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WVFLYERApply early for West Virginia!


Performers – Final Line up July 5th , see our main page on how to submit your submission.

Competitors – Until Full

Vendors – Until Full


We’re busy working on Hogging Up Virginia, and this website is expected to come to life in mid July.


Hogging Up West Virginia Festival Blessing from Governor

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Governor Proclamation

We just love to flash our fancy schmancy Proclamation Around. This means we will be a Jack Daniels and American Royale qualifier for our Grand Champion. As for the festival itself, we’re trying hard to focus on the beauty of West Virginia with our Hogging UP BBQ Festival. We are approximately 12 miles outside of Berkeley Springs, nestled in a mountain. The beauty is worth the drive . We are including local talent and giving back to local charities, so we hope you West Virginians will come out and support our cause. We had a great time taking some promo shots at Cox Camping and talking to some of the locals.

Mountain Music

West Virginia BBQ Festival Deemed a State Championship

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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.

Great Cacapon Medicine Water Tourist Attractions

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Great Cacapon Wonders
Photograph courtesy of Rhonda Donaldson

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!

Castle of Berkeley Springs

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.


Event Location Pending Dates are Changing

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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.