Join us for the second annual WV Coalfields Cookoff - West Virginia State KCBS BBQ State Championship & ATV Festival, hosted by the City of Welch, WV. BBQ, Bands, Vendors, and more promises lots of festival fun!

Click  here for our schedule of events.

 

BBQ Cook Teams will compete for almost $5000 in prize money and the WV State BBQ Championship title. 

 

Attendees can sink their teeth into some of the best BBQ from vendors throughout the region or participate in some taste testing from competitors. For grownups, the Beer Garden will be the perfect compliment to a thick, juicy bite of brisket. (Must be 21 and have ID).

 


Bring your ATV and enjoy the Hatfield-McCoy Trail, or ATV show or sit back in your favorite lawn chair and enjoy the mountain air, laced with the smell of BBQ and the music of Appalachia’s favorite musicians. 

 

WV Coalfields Cookoff offers more than just great food and good music.  Regional artisans will sell handmade crafts and the Kids Korner will have fun activities for kids of all ages.

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Tasting Tickets

Gates open at 10 am, Saturday, June 10.

Advanced purchase BBQ Tasting tickets are available online or at the City of Welch Office. We accept cash, check, or credit card. 

 

Advanced tasting ticket sales – $5 adult

Kids under 12 are free

 

At the gate – $10 adult

Kids under 12 are free

SPONSORS

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the City of Welch Coalfields Cookoff event.  Sponsorship of this event offers your business or organization maximum exposure to a large local and visiting audience.  Get social media and radio advertising and media exposure. 

 

Be part of this special event and commit to a sponsorship today!   Sponsorship commitments are requested on or before May 15, 2022, so we can plan inclusion of your logo and/or name in our materials.  Contact us to tailor a sponsorship based on your individual needs.

BBQ Teams

In addition to accumulating points for KCBS end of year awards, participating KCBS BBQ Teams compete to win cash prizes from the local organizer, the Town of Welch. The highest number of points accumulated in the KCBS contest are calculated and a Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and first through fifth place in each meat type will receive awards and cash prizes. The winner of this contest will be invited to go to the American Royal and will be entered in the Jack Daniels contest lotto. Teams will be judged by KCBS certified judges in the following categories, brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken.

BBQ JUDGES

Calling all KCBS Certified Barbecue Judges! WV Coalfields Cookoff has opened applications to join its Judging Team for the 2021 BBQ KCBS Pro Pitmasters. Contest dates is June 10-11 in Welch, WV. Judging will be held Saturday, June 11th, 2021.

WV Coalfields Cookoff only accepts judges that have taken a KCBS certification course and are KCBS members in good standing. We provide our teams with 100% certified judges.  More certified BBQ judging classes will be held in the future. Certified judges can apply here.

ATV's, Side-by-Sides, and Quads are welcomed in the City of Welch, WV.  With a connector trail to the Hatfield McCoy trail near the festival grounds, we invite you to attend, participate in our ATV contests (coolest ride, worst ride, and more, as well as, take a drive in the country. 

 

We are also looking for ATV related vendors!  Buckle up Baby!  Its gonna be quite a ride. 

We are seeking food vendors for the event. Use of an approx. 10' X 30' space (unless otherwise authorized) with an additional prep area as described above.  We hope you'll serve BBQ as part of your menu, but all types of food vendors will be welcomed.  The event will be limited to four food vendors.

 

Use of 20-amp electric are available on .  A water station is available onsite, and ice is available for purchase.  Fill out the vendor form here

 

All food concessions must comply with West Virginia Health Codes and state laws.

All Concession/Food vendors must have insurance before they will be admitted to the festival grounds to set up. You will need to have an active liability insurance policy and provide a certificate of coverage.

 

Please staple a copy to each event application that you are submitting.

BBQ

In addition to accumulating points for KCBS end of year awards, participating KCBS BBQ Teams compete to win cash prizes from the local organizer, the Town of Welch. The highest number of points accumulated in the KCBS contest are calculated and a Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, and first through fifth place in each meat type will receive awards and cash prizes. The winner of this contest will be invited to go to the American Royal and will be entered in the Jack Daniels contest lotto. Teams will be judged by KCBS certified judges in the following categories, brisket, ribs, pork, and chicken.

ATV Contests

ATV's, Side-by-Sides, and Quads are welcomed in the City of Welch, WV.  With a connector trail to the Hatfield McCoy trail near the festival grounds. We invite you to attend and participate in our ATV contests (BIG BOSS and UGLIEST ATV - Just click on the link below to complete the form. 

 

We are also looking for ATV related vendors!  Contact us for inquires. 

 Vendors

We are seeking food vendor applications for the event. Use of an approx. 30' X 30' space to accommodate your food trailer. We hope you'll serve BBQ as part of your menu, but all types of food vendors will be welcomed.  The event will be limited to four food vendors. Food vendors are selected by the City of Welch and will be selected by April 1st. 

 

Non Food Vendors are welcomed also!  Cost is $25 per table or $100 for a 20x30 (suitable to park a trailer).  Crafters, ATV accessories dealers, BBQ accessories dealers and more are a great fit for our event!

 

MUsic CONTESTS and MORE!

Got a band? Then its time to do battle.  Each band will get to play two songs for and compete for prizes and cash!  A panel judges will determine the best of the rest based on song selection, musicality and overall performance. A final music schedule will be released at a later date.

VOLUNTEERS

We want you!  Ask a friend to join you for a day of helping at the City of Welch Coalfields Cookoff Festival.  Some possible assignments include gate admission, attendee assistance, helping vendors set up and parking coordination.   Volunteers helping all day receive free admission, lunch, and a t-shirt!  

 

Volunteers must be 14 years or older. Volunteers wanting to take part in the City of Welch Coalfields Cookoff Festival should sign up using the volunteer form.

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