11 Teams Participated and the public spoke!
Congrats to the winner Aporkalypse Now who had the most votes in the People’s Choice!
1st: Aporkalypse Now
2nd Hill High Country Store
3rd Place Checkered Flag 500
Tied for 4th Place : Old Virginia Smoke & Smokin’ Gnome
5th Place 2 Rhoadies BBQ
Tied for 6th Place Sauce This BBQ & Hogshiners
Tied for 7th Place Inked Pig and Rack Time
8th Place Hog-it-Up BBQ Team
Thank you to the public for voting and for all our teams for working hard!
We had fun taping the official Hogging Up Radio commercial in Winchester, airing on B105 , this year’s radio partner! Listen for this jingle for the next two weeks! This is take one…..so the final may be a bit different but we thought we’d give you a sneak peak! Thank you Michael Palmer for helping us out on this!
Bath Fitter of Winchester
Welcome back bath fitter woot woot. Fit your bath with a whole new look oh yeah!
S.S. Vape is in the house. They sell electronic cigarettes. Read more about them on their website !
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
Brian Buchanan; singer, songwriter and guitarist, is no stranger to country music. With countless appearances both locally and nationally, Brian has made several appearances on the Virginia Dreams Center Stage television show and is currently a performer on the Shenandoah Jamboree at Shenandoah Caverns. His style mixes classic country integrity with new and fresh arrangements and delivery. He cites the Statler Brothers, Faron Young, Don Williams, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Rodney Crowell, and Buck Owens as major influences in his style and songwriting. His new CD project, Around The Bend is a mix of new original material and classic country songs, all deeply rooted in the traditional country style.
Special Thanks to Ask Neal who provides our audio/visual/sound, he is a GOLD SPONSOR! This year, he’s going to have the sound wireless piped around the fairgrounds. Woot woot.
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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!
We’ve decided to direct mail some special post cards for Hogging Up Festival out to Virginia residents. We found that 50% of our patrons last year were directly targeted when we went door to door with cards. Many people saw or heard about it that Saturday when we were on the news or in the paper. Many people in the town said “We didn’t even hear about it” Over a thousand top secret post cards we designed will give a discount off admission this year. It will tell the residents what we are doing with the festival. We asked the residents if they don’t want the cards, to find someone in their circle of friends who can use them!
Targeted areas include Winchester are dropping now!
Maybe your town!
Be on the lookout! Ask your neighbors if they get one to give it to you if you think they won’t use it!
Everyone loves a discount!
We are excited this year to be working for the SPCA of Winchester this year. Last year you may have heard our main charity was CancerCare.org and we helped raise money for them in addition to helping 3 other local non profits in the process. Our decision is to mainstream our festival into more support for the local community of Clear Brook and Winchester for 2014. We are happy therefore to announce that we’ve taken the SPCA under our wing for our one of our core charities, who will be getting a percentage of the food sales. We hope you will spread the word and come out to our event, have some fun and eat some food to help us raise money for them this year. See other charities for 2014 HERE.
WHEN: June 27-29th 2014
WHERE: Frederick County Fairgrounds
Visit our friends at the SPCA:
Our goal was to bring people to the Frederick County Fairgrounds, revenue into Clear Brook, and to help 4 non profits in the process. (3 local, 1 national non profit. ) Friday we had a great start, until the rains came and wiped out some of our vendors products and tents. Saturday the Winchester Star, a few magazines and TV3 news showed up in addition to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Then the rains came and again our vendors went though chaos. By Sunday everyone was exhausted. It was a long and hot and rainy weekend, but we did what we set out to do. We raised awareness and did the best we could on a first year festival on a shoe string budget with no major sponsorships.
Many people complained they couldn’t taste samples although this was stated in the Winchester Star. In this case it’s not that our competitors didn’t want to give them, but the Frederick County Health department would have charged every competitor $40 and put them through a health inspection, just to hand you a piece of meat. Even out sauce guy who gave samples on crackers had to get one.
People were wondering what the admission covered. Our ads told everyone to go to http://www.hoggingup.com where you could pull the schedule and see the fees and what bands were playing what days. The $5 on Fri and Sun or $8 on Saturday had you the ability to hear several great bands that you may otherwise pay $10-$20 each to hear at some other venue. And free Cornhole, to see a real Blue Angels plane, etc etc. Nothing is free anymore. Putting on a festival, even if it’s small takes money.
We’ve heard the cries about the beer tent not being open, and the lack of local wines, but this task was given to the Local Winchester Exchange group who received 100% of the profits. It was their staffing needs we had to work around and like any volunteer group, it’s hard to find dedicated people and staffing on such long hours. You want more activities, more free things, more local wines, more food and more fun, and we hear you. Rome wasn’t built in a day.
This festival was dedicated to my mom, who passed for unknown reasons after beating cancer, and who took her broken hearted husband with her only 7 months later. They both would be proud, that I didn’t give up when the county made it hard, or when we couldn’t obtain key sponsors, and the community support didn’t come until the day of my festival. I carried on anyways. My mom taught me one thing, you can do anything you set your mind to and try to make a difference.
For you haters I can only assume MOST OF YOU don’t live in Clear Brook, or in the Winchester community. If you did, you’d never complain about spending $5 admission or $8 with a full day of bands all of which helps support local causes. Like the Clear Brook Volunteer fire department whose staff is dwindling an they had to pull from several stations to help us. Or, the Assembly of God church whose doing good for the young people in the community. Or supporting the Local Winchester Exchange whose money goes for many different causes in their community. Or eating at the food stands who were donating to CancerCare.org. CancerCare.org may just be helping someone you know get free counseling to deal with cancer, or find out advice on how to pay their uncovered insurance bills.
Truth is, we wanted your feedback, and we appreciate the positive feedback we received from our teams, judges, TV-News 3, Winchester Star and the Attorney General. We know we have a lot to work on. No one understands how much expense and work you have with a festival. From the bands to sound to ASCAP and BMI fees, dumpsters, grey water, port a johns, security, ice, fairground rental, permits, permits, permits, radio and print ads, and staffing………for us, we put in about $20K with the help of our family and friends manpower.
It was never about getting the money back or breaking even, which we didn’t and most first year festivals don’t. We knew this. Heck, we even hear about State Fairs and Big Bluegrass festivals having to restructure. For us, this was personal, it was about raising awareness, and money, and bringing something new to the very fairgrounds that no one has ever before.
That we did. ❤
Next year, will we do it? We’re not sure. If we do, we will need your help to make it a bigger and better event. In the meantime, life is too short. Give when you can.
We would like to thank:
Ask Neal for being the first to donate to Cancer Care and working on a shoestring budget.
Diehl Wilson for bringing his truck.
Col. Steven Blevins for lending us his plane.
MIK Woodworking for donating his time and expertise.
Mario Ordonez for putting up with me.
Eric Fargo for his fargo-tastic photos.
Around the Panhandle Magazine.
Steve Black for the electrical wizardry, ATM’s and his super cool vintage fire truck.
Pastor Stephanie for ignoring me freaking out on the walkie talkie.
The Assembly of God Church for their volunteering.
The Local Clear Brook Volunteer Fire Dept for staffing our mobile First Aid station.
Roger Engle for the counseling sessions and Gula for her encouragement.
Richard Leight for believing in us.
The Frederick County Fairgrounds for hosting our event.
Winc 92.5 FM and Barry for your support.
The Bone for rocking out our festival.
Z104.9 Today’s Fresh Country for playing us to the max.
Joe Boyd for the shout outs.
Danny & his Motorcycle gang for bringing it.
The Winchester Star for Jumping on Board.
NV Daily for the mentions.
The Attorney General of Virginia
TV-3 for coming out and doing a great job.
Jay Tibbs for dedicating the “all other duties as assigned” to my phone calls.
Ellen Murphy for coming out and judging.
John Riley for getting the country to change the vendor permits from $500 to $30.
Stoney Creek for working with us.
Circa-Blue Steve Harris who helped cross promote our event.
Jordan McWhorter for being a lovely soul you are going big places remember me when you get there.
Dangerous Mood for your numerous performances and support.
Kirsten Sowers for being so wonderful and dedicating your Saturday to us.
Avey Music for bringing it.
Burnt Orange Band for jamming out.
Gary Smallwood I am your biggest fan. That Voice is amazing.
Scott Cruse for all the suggestions.
Reddy Ice for helping us end up at good pricing.
Johnny Blue for working with us on the pricing.
Ridge Runner Container for helping us with our limited budget.
Carlyle and Anderson for the Gator. LOVE YOU WILL>
Signscape for donating signs.
Signet Sign and Screenprinting for the Sponsorship.
Hatfield for backing us as always Nicks Sausage rocks.
Randy and Carol Bigler for helping us all the while and making my contest shine.
Mike and Michelle Lackey for donating time for the BBQ Demonstrations
Michelle Lackey for her dedication, input, help and for introducing me to StrawberryRitas.
Dan Hixon for donating time for the BBQ Demonstrations and his expertise input.
Grand Rental Station (Jeff) for the help with tables and chairs.
Theresa Gaines and Courtyard Marriott for the rates and prizes!
Grove’s Harley Davidson for the donations!
CiCi’s Pizza, Longhorn, K-Mart, Fred’s Tasty Licks and MIK Woodworking for product donations.
Carl and Candy Hill Campground for the cross promotion.
Suburban Propane for the gas to cook with.
The Hilton for the great rates.
Winchester Exchange for handling the libations.
John Bryant thanks for bringing big muscle guys.
Billy Keefer for all his help and raising up sponsor donations.
Our Wonderful BBQ Competitors, some of which gave back their winnings!
All of our Vendors & Special Guests.
Kathy Groves for the long talks.
My husband Wayne M. Schafer for investing all his Big Fat Daddy’s money in a final closing for my family and I to make our passed ones proud.
and those who came out to support our cause. ❤
We are now taking a much needed break!!!!
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 !
Never Stop Improving says Lowe’s, the one on 2200 S. Pleasant Valley Rd in Winchester was happy to hear about this contest and have thrown in a $50 Lowe’s Gift Card for the Best of the Panhandle award winner. The Best of the Panhandle will cover MD, VA, and WVA states, and we want to thank Lowe’s for helping with our contest!
Welcome Grand Slam BBQ from Warrenton, Virginia. Pitmaster Neil Pappalardo will be cooking with team members Anne, Emily (12) and Ryan (9). He will be smoking it up in Winchester to defend his home state title, and has the luck of youth on his side! Neil has been entered into the Best of the Panhandle contest!
(Benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County Va)
They will be giving out information about their festival, which takes place July 13th 🙂 Stop by their info tent and find out what great entertainment they have lined up! This year they feature Pat Travers Band!
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 **
Origami Owl Independent Designer Erin Knicely is going to join us at the Hogging Up Festival! She will be in the inside arts and crafts building! These creations are endless and you can build your own living lockets!
Check out more designs here on Facebook!
Or network with Erin at her Official Origami Owl website!
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!
Hot dog! We are so excited that Cornhole is coming to Hogging Up Festival in June thanks to our pal John from MIK Woodworking who will be setting up his handmade Cornhole boards for everyone to play, and even having a special Hogging Up Cornhole Tournament at the Hogging Up BBQ Festival (date TBA) !
But wait, there’s one in April if you don’t already know! It’s the 2nd annual one in Winchester April 6th at the Winchester Sportsplex. You can register here.
Hope to see you there!
And then back in June at Hogging Up!
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!
Happy New Year!
If you grabbed this issue of the KCBS BullSheet we are now listed as a State Championship in Winchester, Virginia. What are you waiting for ? Low priced registration forms are listed on our Event Forms Page. Come and join us at the Frederick County Fairground June 28-30th 2013.
Special Inquiries use this email: HoggingUpBBQFestival@verizon.net
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!
Hogging Up Vendor Forms are now available for arts, crafts, antiques, and business vendors! Please refer to our Event forms page to find them!