Mountain Brews and BBQ – New Event at Treasure Mountain Festival

Visitors to this year’s Treasure Mountain Festival in Franklin, West Virginia will have a new event to attend, the Mountain Brews and BBQ. The inaugural family friendly event will feature a BBQ competition , live music and craft brews from the Mountain State. The event is not an official part of the Treasure Mountain Festival – it is a separate event organized by Promote Pendleton, a community organization whose mission is to support economic development and tourism in the area. Kim Kirk, who organized the event with her husband, explained more.

“The festival is this Saturday, September 19th, from 4:00-9:00 pm. Highlights of the event include a BBQ competition that’s sanctioned by the Mid-Atlantic BBQ Association. We will have two live bands, The Traveling Hillbillies and The Hackens Boys performing onstage, and we also have Pendleton County’s first beer garden.

“It’s going to be held in the field adjacent to CMI. Colorado Mountain Industries is a local business in Franklin, WV. It’s actually located in the heart of all the festivities that will be happening during the Treasure Mountain Festival. So if you’re familiar with the town park, the fire department, the bowling alley – it all kind of happens in the same area.”

The event is free community event for all to attend – there is a fee for beer tastings, as well as tastings to judge the BBQ event, where contestants are vying for $1,000 and bragging rights as Grand Champion. All proceeds go towards a good cause.

“The entry for the festival is free, it’s a free community event that’s been made possible by all our generous sponsors. However, to purchase tickets to consume alcohol, the beer wristbands are $10 each. It’s a three tab system, so each tab is good for one drink. We also will have BBQ sampling tickets, for people to sample the People’s Choice entries, from the BBQ entrants that are competing. Those tickets are $5 each, and that gets festival attendees one sample from every team, and then they’ll be able to vote for their favorite.

“We have seven BBQ teams competing, and they’re traveling as far away as Charlesron and southwest Virginia. We also have a couple of local teams as well.

“We wanted to create a new experience while giving back to our community, and that’s one of the things that we’re excited most about the event. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Pendleton County Community Foundation, in support of the newly built Franklin Elementary School. We wanted to provide a new opportunity for people to enjoy new entertainment in the town, while participating and giving back to their community.”

For more information on the event and a full schedule, visit their webpage at www.,  or search for mtnbrewsbbq on Facebook.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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