Gallia County BBQ Festival to be held on September 12th

Category: Chamber & Member Events Created: Friday, 04 September 2015 15:35


It’s that time again! The Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the 2nd Annual Gallia County BBQ Festival on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in the Gallipolis City Park. Admission will be FREE. We will be having activities in the Park from 12:00-3:00 pm and you will be able to purchase BBQ sandwiches, Chips, Pop & Water.

We have 12 Teams competing with a combined score in Pork and Brisket for the “Michael Cockerham Grand Champion” Trophy.  The meat will be provided by “Rowdy’s Smokehouse” in Jackson, Ohio. The winner will receive $500 cash and a trophy! There will be a volunteer category (Teams are to provide their own meat for this contest) for “Rowdy’s Smokehouse Best Ribs” with a cash prize of $250 sponsored by “Rowdy’s Smokehouse”.

We will also be presenting the “Kenny ‘Smooth’ Siders II People’s Choice” Trophy from entry votes by attendees. Trophies sponsored by River City Leather.

The teams are:

  1. Backwoods Grillin’
  2. Barber Q
  3. Hillbilly Konk BBQ
  4. Fire House BBQ
  5. Chubby’s
  6. It’s Not Grandmaw’s BBQ
  7. Blue Line BBQ
  8. Holy Smokers
  9. The Dog House BBQ
  10. The Pig’s Blanket
  11. Silver Bridge Bruisers
  12. Bainbridge Meat Burner

The teams will turn-in their entries for Pork at 12:00 pm; Brisket at 12:30 pm; and Ribs at 1:00 pm. Judges will be scoring on appearance, taste and tenderness. The team with the highest combined score on Pork and Brisket will be declared the Grand Champion Winner of the $500 Cash Prize & a Trophy! A separate set of Judges will name the Best Ribs Winner for a cash prize of $250.

After the Contestants have turned in their samples for judging, they will donate the pork to the GCCVB.  We will have a tent set up and separate heating containers for each team.  At approximately 1:00 pm, we will start selling sandwiches to the public. We will also sell pop, water and chips sponsored by Tri-County Vending. You will receive a ticket when you purchase a sandwich to use to vote for the “People’s Choice” Award.  There will be containers to vote for your favorite team at the Information Tent.


The GCCVB has invited area Organizations to set up in the City Park during the BBQ Festival as a “Get to Know Your Community”.  These Organizations can sell things for fundraisers; give away prizes; membership drives; and informational awareness.  They cannot sell any food or drink items as that is part of our fundraising during this event. There is no charge to participate.  Spots will be first come, first serve. The Gallia County Farmers’ Market will also be set up during their normal hours.

From 12:00-3:00 pm, The Gallipolis Car Club will be having a “Cruise-In” on the State Street side of the City Park and there will be live music on the stage by “The Blue Z Band” and “Swampfoot” sponsored by D & Y Construction.  Free activities for the kids’ from 12:30-2:30 pm include Face Painting by Jody Rife sponsored by The Colony Club; Balloon Sculpting by Cowboy Mark Wood sponsored by OVB; and train rides sponsored by Jones-Ease Lawn Care & More. There will also be t-shirts for sale sponsored by Pleasant Valley Hospital.

If your Organization would like to set up or you would like to volunteer to help, we ask that you contact the GCCVB at 441 Second Avenue, Gallipolis; call 740-446-6882 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Gallia County Convention & Visitors Bureau would like to “Thank” our Sponsors, Volunteers and the Community for your Support, Encouragement and Participation in the upcoming 2nd Annual Gallia County BBQ Festival!