Great Cacapon, West Virginia, is an unincorporated town with only 386 residents according to the 2010 census. To some who have visited here this is reminiscent of a vast yet quiet Appalachian Mountain region. Traveling along Route 9 from Berkeley Springs, a quick glance over the guard rail reminds you just how high up in elevation you are, and how small the Cacapon River looks below you.
Known for it’s State Park and George Washington history, this area right outside Berkeley Springs is usually quiet by the end of October after the annual Apple Butter festival. Perhaps it won’t be now. ack off of Milo School Road, there lies a 60 plus acre campgrounds nestled at the foothills of the Applacians. Locals know this as Cox Camping campgrounds where owner Vic C. Cox, has built his camping empire.
There are confirmed reports he has finalized negotiations to host a West Virginia BBQ Festival on it’s site. Vic said, “Cox Camping has been home to small events before, but we are excited to work with this new event.”
Confirming with the coordinator of “Hogging Up BBQ Festival” , Cox Camping was chosen for October 24-25th of this year, and they are ironing out the details now. This is not to be confused with the annual Hogging Up festival in June in Clear Brook, Virginia, which includes music, vendors and barbecue run by the same guy- Wayne Schafer of Big Fat Daddy’s. That event is still happening.
Schafer says, “Hogging Up West Virginia will take place the last weekend of October in Great Cacapon, Morgan County, West Virginia. I can’t compare it to my one in June, because there we are at a fairgrounds for three days, and now we’ll be at a campgrounds for a day and a half. This will be a smaller magnitude gathering but our goal remains the same, to revolve the event around barbecue .”
A lifetime member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, Schafer’s festival is said to include a sanctioned Kansas City Barbecue Society contest and have a People’s Choice sample tent for the public, vendors, music and of course barbecue.
Schafer says, “I looked at twelve locations but nothing felt right. I am glad Vic stepped up to help us. He pretty much saved West Virginia from losing their only contest this year.”
West Virginia was previously home to a Kansas City Barbeque Society cookoff and music festival called Pickin’ in the Panhandle, but that was held in Berekely County, West Virginia. The Convention and Visitors Bureau had announced that the 2014 Pickin’ was cancelled and their Facebook page is no longer monitored according to a recent update. Although this event is not associated with Pickin’, it does keep a KCBS sanctioned contest in West Virginia for 2014 and those who love barbecue will be happy about that.