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Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival

  • Washakie Cunty Fairgrounds 502 15 Mile Road Worland, WY, 82401 United States (map)

15th Annual BBQ and Bluegrass Festival
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7:30am- 5K BBQ Bluegrass Run 
8:00am-9:30am Pancake Breakfast (between the white and green buildings)
8:00am – 4:00pm- Car Show
9:30am – Kids Q (in the middle of BBQ Park)

10:00am – Judges Check-in

11:00am- Kids Q Awards (on stage)
11:00am – 12:15pm Open Jam Session
12:00 Noon- Competition begins for cookers

12:30- 1:30pm- The Brothers Parker
1:45- 2:45- Blue Canyon Boys
2:30- 3:30pm- Peoples Choice sampling
3:00- 4:00pm- Woodbelly
4:15- 4:45pm- BBQ Awards (on stage)
5:00- 6:00pm The Brothers Parker
6:15-7:15pm- Blue Canyon Boys
7:30- 8:30pm- Woodbelly
Event closes Saturday at 10:00pm

Each year, the 3rd weekend in August, over 25 BBQ teams compete at our festival in Worland, Wyo. for prizes totaling $10,000! This event draws nearly 2000 spectators.

The Washakie County Fairgrounds is a large grassy area, surrounded by plenty of shade trees. Be sure to bring your lawn chairs. No pets are allowed at the festival. BBQ smoking is all that is allowed on the fairground property; please do not bring tobacco products.

All purchases at the BBQ Festival must be made with bone bucks which can be bought at the two onsite Pinnacle Bank locations. Bone Bucks are used in order to ensure vendors get paid appropriately. This also helps maintain free admission into the festival. If you have unused Bone Bucks, you can cash them back in, but at the festival only. No bone bucks will be cashed back in after the festival closes. You can also save unused Bone Bucks for use at the next years festival or donate them back.

Worland is located in the middle of the beautiful Big Horn Basin half way between Casper, Wyo. and Billings, Mont. Turn at the junction of State Highway 433, on Highway 16/20 and then follow to the fairgrounds. This friendly little town with a big heart invites you to not only attend our free festival, but to enjoy the other sights around the area. Taste mouthwatering BBQ while listening to fabulous Bluegrass musicians. Bring the family and enjoy tasty food while visiting with friends.

The Wyoming BBQ and Bluegrass Festival is a family-friendly event! That’s why we have our kid zone set up! Plenty of kid friendly activities such as bouncy toys, face painting, kiddie train, and dunking booth. A nominal fee may be charged for some of these activities. We even have a BBQ competition for the kiddos on Saturday morning.

The obstacle course is roughly 140 feet long and 15 feet wide. It includes a climbing wall and a slide at the end. All ages will be allowed on the obstacle course. A waiver will be required and must be signed by a parent or guardian if the participant is under 18. The top time for 16-years-old and above will receive a prize at the end of the day. Lanyards and water bottles will be handed out at the event.

There are many other fun activities going on during the BBQ and Bluegrass Festival!
Car Show: The Annual BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Car Show will be held Saturday from 8am – 4pm in the Fairgrounds parking arena.
Brewfest: The BBQ and Bluegrass Festival Brewfest will be held the Thursday prior to the big event. Adults 21 and over (with the purchase of a wrist band) can sample a variety of craft beers. Brats, pork sandwiches, water, lemonade, and Pepsi products are available for purchase. This is a family friendly event.
Kids Q: Kids can also show off their BBQ talents at the Kids Q on Saturday morning
Bluegrass 5K Walk & Run: This event is held on Saturday morning of the festival and will be located at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland. Registration begins at 7:30 am and the race begins at 8:00 am. Enjoy the pancake breakfast after the run.
Pancake Breakfast: There will be a breakfast served Saturday morning between the white and green building at the festival grounds.
People’s Choice Award: This event is held on Saturday afternoon. The Public may purchase tickets at the information booth to sample the meats. Tickets are $20 each. The Competitors will provide each public participant that has purchased a ticket a generous sampling of the BBQ meats they have cooked for the competition. The public will then vote for their favorite. It is optional for Competitors to compete in the ‘People’s Choice Award’.

Earlier Event: August 16
Later Event: August 17
The Brothers Parker