WSPA Channel 7 to Air "Hog Heaven: Inside the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival"

“HOG HEAVEN: INSIDE THE BLUE RIDGE BBQ FESTIVAL” will air on June 1 at 7:30pm on WSPA Channel 7. The show focuses on the cook teams and all the work that goes into competition barbecue. It also gives an overview of the entire two-day BBQ Festival which includes, in addition to the great food, music on two stages, a juried craft fair, and carnival rides and games for kids of all ages.

To create the show, a WSPA television crew followed a competition cook team, Bald Hawg BBQ of Simpsonville, SC, led by Andrew Cloer, for two weeks leading up to the 2015 festival and throughout last year’s competition process at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC, where the festival is held annually.

“I said yes right away when the WSPA people asked if we would be in the show,” Cloer said. “I knew it would be a lot of fun—and it really was.” He added that it got a little crowded around his small cooking site in the festival’s “Hog Heaven” where the competition cooking takes place.

The show’s executive producer, Kathryn Foessel, said that when the WSPA crew was in Hog Heaven, it was hard to ignore the many colorful characters that populate the cookers’ area. "We interviewed several teams and were amused by the names they came up with! From "Too Bad You're My Cousin" to "Pigs in Heat" we enjoyed getting to know the cookers and how they picked their names!

Other cookers on the show include: Rocky Top Barbecue (2015 Grand Champion from Jonesborough, Tennessee), Two Old Men and a Grill (2015 Governor’s Cup winner from Bessemer City, NC), Boonetown BBQ (2015 Whole Hog winner from Boone, NC), Pigs in Heat (Toccoa, GA), Hamoflague (Pigeon Forge, TN), Too Bad You're My Cousin (Greenville, SC), and 3 Blind Hogs (Greenville, SC), Piglet Enemy (Moore, SC) and Cook ‘em Horns (Greer, SC).

Eric McKaig, Festival Chairman, said his committee appreciates the partnership that has developed between the BBQ Festival and WSPA-TV. “They help us get the word out to the public in countless ways, but this show is unique,” he said. “So many people who come to the Festival have no idea about what goes on the cooker area—I’m guessing more of them will be visiting Hog Heaven this year.”

Ross Lytle, WSPA/WYCW Marketing Director, said association with the BBQ Festival has been good for the television station’s standing in the Western Carolinas. “This event is a recognizable, wholesome and worthwhile community endeavor, one that we can be proud to be a part of. And it’s a lot of fun, too,” he added.

The 2016 Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11, at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC. Up to 80 competition cook teams will be on hand, six of whom will be selling to the public as well as competing for the prizes. There will be a wide variety of other foods available, even including vegetarian choices. Food, music, carnival rides and crafts are available both days, and on Saturday only there will be a Classic Car Show with up to 200 beautifully restored/maintained vintage cars and trucks. Also on Saturday will be the grand finale fireworks spectacular!

Admission is FREE for EVERYONE on FRIDAY from 10am until 2 pm- guests come in free and can stay until closing. And it is FREE ALL DAY FRIDAY for Polk County and Landrum (zip code 29356) residents with ID showing home address. All other times admission is $8 for adults with children 12 and under ALWAYS FREE with accompanying adult. Active duty military are also ALWAYS FREE with current military ID.

After the show airs on June 1, it will be available for viewing via a link on the Festival’s website, where further details about all aspects of the event are available:

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