Smoke n Pigz is in the house all the way fro Powhatan, VA , Pitmaster Kyle Crowder will be smokin’ it up for fame and glory folks. Find them on Facebook at Smok-N-Pigs
Let’s give a big HOGGING UP Welcome to LIfe is Good, but BBQ is Better, out of Purcellville, VA . Pitmaster Don Wallace will be grilling it up Virginia style with his pit crew: -competing for fame and glory at Hogging Up! Holding down their home state, we will see how they fare at the first ever Hogging Up KCBS competition! Check them out on Facebook
Welcome to Old Virginia Smoke BBQ Competition Team from Bristow, Virginia! Led by Pitmaster Lucas Darnell, Pitmaster. Teammies are: Kimberly Darnell, and Leigh Anne Terry ROOKIE TEAM OF 2013! They will be competing for fame and glory at the Hogging Up Festival and we’d like to give them a warm HOGGGGGGGGGGINGGGGGGG UP WELCOME!
Check out their website here!
For Immediate Release
Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival Returns to Virginia
Interactive BBQ Tour, Sample Tent , and Low Cost Kids Area Aims to Please
May 16, 2014
Clear Brook, VA – The Frederick County Fairgrounds again hosts the 2nd Annual Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival June 27-29th 2014. The event features a Kansas City Barbeque Society cookoff and help three non-profits including the Winchester/Frederick/Clarke SPCA, Clear Brook Assembly of God’s Youth Mission and the Winchester Exchange Club. Big Fat Daddy’s Organizer Wayne Schafer promises this year’s festival will be bigger and better. Schafer says, “We’ve worked really hard on making changes that the public will like. Our BBQ event will be more interactive this year.”
Friday night promises a two stop barbecue tour. Schafer indicates, “The BBQ tour is where these Professional teams will be giving lectures giving away free tips and tricks that the home barbecue guru can use. This is really interesting as the public gets to interact and ask questions. They normally don’t do this kind of thing, and I’d like to thank the teams for supporting our cause.” Featured artist is country performing artist Michael Palmer.
Saturday’s most anticipated change is the People’s Choice Sample Tasting Tent, from 11am-2pm (or when samples run out.) Schafer says, “We worked hard with the health department and the teams to make this work. Teams will be cooking pork and numbered samples sold to the public who will judge and cast their numeric vote into the It Works Official Voting Booth”. The day’s events include performers Cosette Gobat, Burnt Orange Band and Rule-G in addition to a three stop barbecue tour including the return of TLC’s Pitmasters TV Show Season 2 Stars 3 Eyz BBQ . During the day dozens of professional BBQ teams will compete for fame, glory, some as far away as Ohio. Prizes will be given to the public throughout the day at the Vacation Village / Massanutten tent, and one lucky couple will win dinner with Professional Team Hog-It-Up BBQ on Saturday night.
Sunday’s events include a Backyard BBQ Contest for Adults (15 and up) and Kids (8-14) which Schafer says “It’s a great idea for family bonding time bring your meat and grill and come out!” Entry is $20 per adult team entry and $10 per child team, with adults present to light fire and oversee activities. Performing artists Brian Buchanan and Gary Smallwood will be taking the stage in addition to Evel Speed Motor Sick’l Shop of Inwood hosting a Bike & Car Show. Additionally, there is a Certified BBQ Judge class being taught by the KCBS on Sunday on the fairgrounds. All registration information can be found on the website.
All three days promise tasty food, merchandise vendors and a kids zone. Schafer says, “Most of the kids activities are run by the church and will be donation based. Home Depot will bring their free Kid’s Workshop out on Saturday.” Some cost based rides for kids include a mini train, and a fee for pictures inside the Blue Angels Phantom F4 cockpit (it was grounded last year) and an adult mechanical bull ride. Admission to the event is $5 on Friday (4pm-9pm), $8 on Saturday (10am-9:30pm) and only $1 Sunday (11am-5pm). Kids under 12 are always free. The SPCA encourages donates cans of cat food, dog food, and kitty litter at the gate as well. For the samples, tasting tickets may be purchased Friday or Saturday while supplies last at the gate. Hatfield, CF Sauer, Carlyle & Anderson, and Marriott Courtyard Winchester are some of the businesses helping the event survive in addition to being named a 2014 Good Sam Event destination. Schafer indicates they are no major money sponsors, and they are in need. Organizers are currently planning a Hogging Up West Virginia to be held in Great Cacapon, WV in October 2014.
About the Kansas City Barbeque Society
The KCBS is the largest non-profit group dedicated to the art and joy of hardwood smoking, and sanctions several hundred contests each year. KCBS is the most respected judging and sanctioning body in America because of its blind judging process that uses a weighted scoring index to ensure a level playing field for all competitors. More information at http://www.kcbs.us
About Big Fat Daddy’s
Big Fat Daddy’s has been featured in such publications as Rachael Ray Magazine, Steven Raichlen’s BBQ USA, The New York Times and Saveur Magazine. Schafer is a Pitmaster by trade, and a lifetime member of the KCBS.
For more information or media inquiries please contact:
Wayne Schafer, Big Fat Daddy’s
300 Shady Lane Manchester, PA 17345
Office: (717) 793-2124 Cell: (410) 908-9241 BigFatDaddys@verizon.net
Special thanks to …Col. Steve A. Blevins …..formerly of Dream Photo, is bringing his Blue Angel plane to Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival. Col. Steve was grounded last year, but guess what folks, the AirShows are back! At this year’s Hogging Up Festival you can sit in the cockpit of his plane, taking your photo for a small fee, and the experience of a lifetime! Facebook
The SPCA of Winchester/Frederick/Clarke
Blaze Youth Mission / Assembly of God Church
Winchester Exchange Group
and brings out of state revenue to your town!
Come out and shop our vendors, eat our bbq, and see the bbq tours, kids zone , entertainment or car show!
Pavone Brothers is Back! We’d like to extend a huge Hogging Up welcome to Pitmaster Dave Pavone of Pavone Brothers BBQ Professional Competition Team. They will be defending Virginia’s honor , from Bristow, VA. Check out their blog at PavoneBrothersBBQ.Blogspot.com to find out the latest news and more about this great competition team!
Let’s give a Big Hogging Up Welcome to Mike and Michelle Lackey, Pitmasters of Hog-it-Up BBQ Team out of Bluemont, Virginia. They were our 1st place dessert winners last year, and for 2014 they are back with a vengeance. Additionally, they are a pit stop on our Saturday BBQ Tour, and a special tour stop for our VIPS (Find out about VIP’s here).
Pitmasters: Mike & Michelle Lackey
Representing: Bluemont, VA
The forms you have been waiting for are up. First come, first served. We have compiled a competitor packet for you, and you can find it on the EVENT FORMS page. It’s available in DOC or PDF so choose your poison.
Hope to see you there!
We are pleased to have finalized our second year prize pot totaling over $6900 in cash! Let’s not forget our wonderful sponsor gifts which we estimate a grand value of $7500.00! Oh goody, goodie see the breakdown here on the prize money page.
The forms are coming!
Sunday we’re having a backyard competition for adults and kids! This will be non-KCBS santioned but as close to KCBS guidelines as possible! Compete for fame and glory and bragging rights! If you think you want to enter the backyard competition, early bird rates are in effect until March 1, 2014.
Grab all the details here on the Backyard Page!
Hogging Up 2.0 Version
Bigger ~ Better ~ Improved
Back with a Vengeance.
Fear the Pig.
Stay Tuned for Details.
3 Eyz BBQ
3EyzBBQ took the Grand Champion title! Season two Pitmasters Stars were right here in Clear Brook cooking it up for fame and glory and headed up our BBQ tour to the public. Dan and crew were gracious enough to donate money back that they won to our charity cause and we can’t thank them enough for that.
What many people don’t realize is that our judges came from all over the country. Some as far as Indiana, New York, North Carolina, Florida and more. The KCBS uses a totally blind judging process!
Hello, what’s this? A local BBQ Team, right out of Winchester! Holding down the fort in Clear Brook let’s give a big HOGGING UP WELCOME to Bam Bam’s BBQ. Pitmaster John Lescalleet (known as Andy to his pals) , with Pit Crew Cindy Lescalleet and Dianne Breeden (and one more tbd…). They will be representing their home state, and home town, at the Hogging Up BBQ Festival !
I Aim to Smoke gets a big HOGGGGING UP welcome , as they will joining the KCBS Competition and are coming to us from Fredericksburg, Virginia. Pitmaster Aric Armstrong (MILITARY, woot woot!) with team members Brian Whitaker and Rebecca Armstrong will be joining us for game and glory! Check out more about this team on their blog, “BBQ STRONG”
Leave it up to MIK Woodworking to bring more excitement to the Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival at the Frederick County Fairgrounds the end of June. There will be a cornhole tournament Saturday June 29th, 2013 at 1:00 until around 4:30, it will be $20 per team of 2 to participate. You must register here to participate. There will be cash prizes.
*Keep in mind entry into the festival is $8 for adults, kids under 10 free !
We’d like to extend a huge Hogging Up welcome to Pitmaster Dave Pavone and teamies Jayne and Vince of the Pavone Brothers BBQ Professional Competition Team. They will be defending Virginia’s honor , from Bristow, VA.
The Checkered Flag 500 Competition BBQ Team is our newest addition to the Hogging Up festival and we’d like to give a big HOGGING UP WELCOME to Mark & Sharon Gibbs out of Fawn Grove, Pennsylvania. In case you didn’t know they were named the Rookie of the Year for 2012 by the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association ! You can connect with them on their Facebook Page or their Website!
Competitors : The Prize money has increased yet again from $5225 last update to to $5300 and special bonus gifts! The gifts alone are valued at over $500 already and adding up! Gifts are donated items from our partners and sponsors that are awarded in addition to prize money and trophies/plaques. For instance, Texas Brush has donated three brushes which will go to Grand Champion, Reserve Champion and our special “Best of the Panhandle Award”. Special sponsor prizes go to the Anything Butt and Dessert Winners. All 2nd place winners of the four main catergories will get a handmade cutting board from Winchester’s finest woodworker, MIK Woodworking.
**Subject to further increase at any time **
Let’s give a warm Hogging Up Welcome to the experts in gutter guards and leaf guards, right out of Haymarket, Virginia! We are talking about Gutter Pros! They will be onsite in their info tent giving out information on GutterGuards ! If you are tired of cleaning(or paying someone to clean) leaves and debris out of your gutters, maybe it’s time to talk to the professional who can help you with these issues! Check out their website at www.GutterProsAmerica.com
We’re giving a big Hogging Up Welcome to Nu Look Home Design! Check out their info booth at Hogging Up in Winchester, Virginia! These guys serve Maryland , Northern Virginia and Southern PA! As a leading roofing company based in Baltimore, Maryland, Nu Look Home Design is proud to be one of the top 500 remodelers in the USA, a member of The Better Business Bureau, the Maryland Home Improvement Commission, Angie’s List and backed by the Super Guarantee. Want to go green? Ask about their Greenline siding! Connect with them : Website Twitter Facebook
We’d like to thank Middletown’s iconic Wayside Theatre, who is ending up their 51st season and ready to start season 52! They have musicals, comedies and thrillers and have donated two lucky winners (attendeees) of Hogging Up Festival some great prizes. Each will get One Unlimited Pick -3 Season Subscription for the 2013-2014 (excluding the Christmas show) so they can watch and enjoy these wonderful plays!
We appreciate them supporting our cause! Wayside is one of the oldest operating theatres in Virginia, it’s property dates back to 1797. Famous contributors include Stacey Keach, Peter Boyle, Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon!
P.O. Box 260
7853 Main Street
Middletown, VA 22645
hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Friday
Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival has recently added attraction to our Family Fun Zone ….yep, family Fun Cars! These tiny cars are actually from New Zealand, and are fun cars for ages 3 to 93 (no joke!). They have gas powered engines and you can race Grandmom against Grandson! They are of course regulated so you can’t do the Audobahn but you can race your family and friends and zip around on the large track we’ll have at the Frederick County Fairgrounds in Winchester! Brought to us by Jack Levi and his Family Fun Cars all the way from Virginia Beach!
Thanks for helping us support our cause!
Let’s give a big “HOGGING UP “ welcome to Jon Wayne Waldron who is coming with his right hand man “Sam Adams” (for real) from Louisa, Virginia! BBQ Unplugged will be fighting for his home state of Virginia & the Panhandle award in this competition!
Pitmaster: Jon Wayne Waldron Team Member: Sam Adams
Representing: Louisa, VA
We’d like to give a big “hogging up” welcome to one of our barbecue competitors, who is just a stone’s throw away from Winchester….yep–neighboring town of Bluemont! Who would have thought there’s professional bbq gurus right in your own backyard Winchester?
Pitmasters: Mike & Michelle Lackey
Representing: Bluemont, VA
The coordinators would also like to extend a personal THANK YOU for all the kind suggestions and guidance they have received from the Lackey’s–they have spoken on behalf of competition teams and want to make sure we have our bases covered (basically no sucky goodie bags and lots of electric!) So thanks to them for speaking up and making a difference. You won’t find any real estate pens in our bags this year. Thanks to the Lackey’s we are glad they are joining us this year!
You can’t have a BBQ & Music Festival in Winchester without having one of Winchester’s own TOP DOGS for a special appearance. Diehl Wilson’s big and purdy baby, also known as the VIRGINIA GIANT Monster Truck . He’ll be Hogging Up the Frederick County Fairgrounds with us for the weekend, displaying his truck , letting you take pictures, and …..maybe even giving YOU a ride!
Special thanks to the Virginia Giant for coming!
Ask Neal services the panhandle area for Audio Visual needs. He handles concerts, festivals, private events, charity events and special occasions. He handles logistics, lighting, video and sound to make your life easier. Thanks to Ask Neal for being part of this event! Use Ask Neal for your event, contact him today!
Looking for a Campground to stay in Winchester when coming to the Hogging Up BBQ & Music Festival ? Visit Candy Hill Campground. They have a pool, cabins you can rent and a beautiful picturesque setting.
And yes, you will feel like you are in Candy Land! This is normal. Do not be alarmed.
We are pleased to have Heather on behalf of Paparazzi Accessories joining the festival! Her great fashion accessories will be available to all, under $5! What a bargain!
Burnt Orange Band’s bio is now live on our website! Check out our bands page and read up on this Culpepper Virginia band as they will rock the house at the 2013 Hogging Up BBQ Festival.
Special thanks to Bill Flannery of Texas Brush who will be making some super cool Hogging Up Texas Brushes for our two top winners *Grand Champion and #Reserve Champion, and winner of the #Best of the Panhandle Award . We appreciate him donating them to our festival. This is in addition to any other prizes or trophies for these categories.
We love our Texas Brush, not only because it cleans your grill to a tee, but that it saves you money over using smaller grill brushes that get bent up and fall apart . Well, we used to have to replace our grill brushes every month and now we can just find satisfaction in walking so tall with such a big brush that doesn’t need replacing.
Here is our Texas Brush Review.
Please connect with Texas Brush and LIKE THEM ON FACEBOOK!
Twitter = @TexasBrush
Website = www.TexasBrush.com
Facebook = https://www.facebook.com/TexasBrush
This is a sponsor award and will be the best overall score out of all any team from Panhandle area. Panhandle teams are Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia teams.
Next year it is up to that state to defend it’s title.
Example : In other words, if a team from West Virginia wins best overall scores at the 2013 Hogging Up Festival, they have beat out Maryland and Virginia for 2013, and therefore this team representing West Virginia would be considered “Best of the Panhandle”. It would then be up to West Virginia in 2014 to defend their title against Maryland Virginia.
Who will this award go to? That remains to be seen.
Who do we want to win? Our hometown is Baltimore, Maryland. Our festival is in Winchester, Virginia and we have property in Gore, VA. Cindy’s family is from Morgantown, West Virginia. Therefore, it’s simple: it’s a darn tie and we’re routing for all of you.
Thanks, and Good luck!
P.S. Please stop by and LIKE Texas Brush on Facebook, Bill is donating some great brushes to the festival!
Cindy & Wayne
When he decides, we will then present a “Best of the Panhandle” special award
WEST VIRGINIA teams
Top overall score out of these 3 states will be deemed the winner of the “Best of the Panhandle” award. This is a special sponsor award prize, and we can’t wait to see who wins it!
Woot Woot! We are pleased to announce that Virginia Beach Vacations (Gold Key Resorts) has been added to our vendor list! They offer great vacation packages for the Virginia Beach area! Read more about them at Virginia Beach Vacations !
Band Bio: We are pleased to announce Dangerous Mood as our Staff Pick. This amazing young duo comprised of Trevor Davis (guitar and vocals) and Jordan McWhorter (vocals and keyboard) and they will win any crowd over. Both live in Winchester, Virginia and are in the process of recording their first CD. Their original music consists of a soulsy-blues folk all it’s own and for this festival Dangerous Mood will be also bringing some of their favorite Pasty Cline and Alison Kraus covers. You can see more about them on their website , or Facebook page! Tweet to them @Dangerous_Mood Website
They have a sound that really infuses old school blues with the folk/indie sound that is popular today.
The staff says, “Jordan’s amazing vocals will blow you away. Here them here. This duo is going places. We are lucky to have them play at our festival. Once they sell out stadiums, we may not be so lucky.”
This just in…We are pleased to share with you our official Proclamation from Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell Click to see the full size version—> ProclamationPDF
We just realized with the addition of our Dessert and Anything Butt Category, this increases total prize payouts (Prize List here) to $5200 cash plus trophies/awards. Woot Woot.Keep in mind our Dessert and Anything Butt will be Guest and VIP judged. This means, you have a better chance competing at Hogging Up than playing Lotto. More great news coming soon, stay tuned.
Find all forms on the Event Forms page!
Electric Generator and Better Pricing
We had to get things straight and map out the electric situation at the fairgrounds — originally having only a few spaces for the big rigs we thought about this, it’s going to be summer, and HOTTER than a pig’s nose with a fever. Most everyone is gonna want to have 30 or 50 amps, right? Our prices originally were higher towards big RVers, because we really didn’t want to have to bring in a generator.
Thanks to Mike Lackey’s advice (shout out to Bluemont’s own BBQ guy!) we’ve redone our application for better pricing to accommodate you big riggers. We will now be out pounding the sand and beating down the doors of some local businesses to help us bring in a generator for you guys.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE UP BY THE END OF THIS WEEKEND.
We’ve gotten things straight with the Governor’s office and hope to have our paper in hand soon.
And now we have figured out how many competitors we can accommodate we will be emailing the judges official updates, BY THIS WEEKEND. Judges, make sure you have BigFatDaddys@verizon.net on your safelist or if not, check your SPAM FOLDER! If I don’t hear back from you by mid next week, I’ll be calling you up!
Sound Proposals & Music Contracts
We are still negotiating with a sound person to work with our bands. We are interviewing everyone and want to go with the BEST who can accommodate such bands as Stoney Creek Bluegrass, Circa Blue, Dangerous Mood, Avey Music and Kirsten Sowers……..(and more). We also want to make sure it’s someone who can work with us each year.
To our lovely bands, thanks for your patience and suggestions.
Top Secret Local Charity & Backyard BBQ for Sunday
We have approached a local non profit to help us with this festival. Although we want to donate to nationwide cancer charity CancerCare, we ALSO want someone who is in the town of Winchester or Clear Brook to benefit from this too. Once we have this firmed up we will tell you who our partner is.
We’ve also decided on a local Backyard BBQ for Sunday, so applications for that will be posted THIS WEEKEND.
Special thanks for those of you who have helped with the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We know a few barbecue guys reading this have been there. We are from Baltimore and are sickened by what this has done to our neighbors in NJ and NY, many of whom are homeless or still without power.
More soon! Off to have a very busy HoggingUp Barbecue weekend!
Thanks for your patience.
Band Bio: Circa Blue is “Fresh Bluegrass Music” features tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements to keep audiences tapping their toes and dancing in their seats! Steve Harris plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Dave Harris plays bass and sings baritone and tenor vocals. Matt Hickman on Banjo, and Dave Webb on Mandolin (and vocals.) Their self-titled debut CD features 5 original tunes. Learn more at Circa Blue Official Website!
Please note: Competitor Applications will be offline while we tweak some things.
Stay tuned for more exciting details!
We updated the Competitor forms located on the Event Forms page. We have walked the fairground the other day to see where we would put the bands, the vendors, the barbecue competitors, the barbecue food vendors, the winery, the beer garden, the bull rider, the monster truck, and everything else we have planned. We wanted to make sure we had enough juice for the REALLY big boys with the BIG RV RIGS and make sure they would be able to access electricity. So we planned accordingly and are taking first come first serve on the big boy spots. There are three space sizes available. Take off an early bird discount if you apply by 1/10/13.
We are pleased to annonce that Hornby Publishing’s “Around the Panhandle” Magazine has come on as festival sponsor. Keeping the Panhandle area abreast of what to do, who to know, and where to go, this bi-monthly publication is full of useful information for anyone that lives in the Panhandle area. We are so pleased to have them on board and will have more news soon.
You can read excerpts online here at their website.
Like them on Facebook .
Follow them on Twitter
This just in, Carol and randy Bigler are our official Hogging Up KCBS Contest Reps! Combined their experience is priceless and we look forward to working with them on this BBQ / Bluegrass / Arts / Crafts/ Fun filled event!
What are we up to now? Lining up some bands for the Hogging Up event….stay tuned for more information
Hogging Up Vendor Forms are now available for arts, crafts, antiques, and business vendors! Please refer to our Event forms page to find them!