Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival Proclaimed NC State Barbecue Championship

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TRYON, N.C.—In a proclamation received last week, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory decreed that the Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival “shall be known as a North Carolina State Championship,” and June 10-11, 2016, “shall be ‘The Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival Days’ in North Carolina.” The proclamation urges all citizens to commend the observance.

The proclamation marks the Festival’s 23rd year as a North Carolina State Championship and the 23rd year the event will attract thousands of people to Harmon Field in Tryon where, from 10 am–11 pm on June 10 and 11, there will be live music, the best in regional crafts, family fun in “Kiddie Land” and the opportunity to dine on the best barbecue in the nation. On Saturday only, the 6th Annual Classic Car Show will fill up the soccer field, featuring up to 200 beautifully restored/maintained vintage cars and trucks, and a grand finale fireworks show will wrap up the festivities. Admission is only $8 per person at the gate, with no charge for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult. Active duty military (with valid military ID) are free any time. And, again this year EVERYONE gets in FREE on FRIDAY, from 10 am until 2 pm—get in free and stay until closing if desired.

As a special thank you to the people of Polk County and Landrum, who have supported the Festival over the years, FREE on FRIDAY will be extended for them for the full day. Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) residents get in FREE ALL DAY on FRIDAY just by showing ID that includes address!

Eric McKaig, chair of the Festival’s steering committee explained why the Governor’s proclamation is so important. “Each year around 90 or more of the best cookers in the country gather here to compete for more than $20,000 in titles, trophies and prizes. But the most coveted is the Governor’s Trophy, awarded to the highest scoring North Carolina team. That team will have earned the title ‘North Carolina State Champion,’ and be entitled to all the braggin’ rights that go with it,” McKaig said.

Festivalgoers can stroll right into “Hog Heaven” and see the cook teams in action. Then they can head to the main field to chow down on award-winning barbecue—as well as grilled corn-on-the-cob, fresh-squeezed lemonade and many more selections—and be treated to one of the region’s most consistently impressive line-ups of live music on two stages. Visit for the line-up and music schedule to be posted soon. In addition, the Festival’s “Kiddie Land” has rides, games and activities for kids of all ages. Craft lovers will want to make plenty of time to browse the “The Foothills Craft Fair,” with approximately 50 carefully selected artisans representing the region’s best.

Once again, on Saturday, there will be a Hawg Run that originates at the Harley-Davidson store in Greenville and ends at the Festival. This is a motorcycle “poker run” in which participants collect one card when they sign in, then pick up another three cards—one each at three stops along the route—and draw a final card upon arrival at the Festival. The top five-card stud hand wins a cash prize.

The Blue Ridge Barbecue & Music Festival is an event by the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from the Festival help support Chamber operations, and all additional proceeds go to the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to be returned to the community through distributions to a variety of charitable and civic programs. As always the Festival committee needs hundreds of volunteers and has begun its annual recruiting push. For further information and to volunteer, visit the website:, or call the Festival Office at 828-859-7427.

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