The annual BBQ/Bluegrass Festival takes place each August in Worland, WY. They are the Wyoming State BBQ Championship sanctioned by KCBS. Each year 30+ BBQ cookers come from all the nation to compete for each year's prizes. Participants spend countless hours preparing and cooking favorite recipes for Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Ribs, and Chicken.
Worland is located in the middle of the beautiful Big Horn Basin half way between Casper, WY and Billings, MT. Turn at the junction of State Hwy 433, on HWY 16/20 and then take to the fairgrounds. The friendliest little town with a big heart invites you to attend the festival for FREE! Taste mouthwatering BBQ and listen to fabulous Bluegrass musicians. Bring the family and enjoy a tasty BBQ meal, visit with friends, make new ones, and wander around the other exhibits. The Festival is held at the Washakie County Fairgrounds on a grassy field, surrounded by shade trees. Enjoy the taste of mouth watering food from world-class chefs, and of course enjoy the music!
Bluegrass - First Class
Entertainment is what keeps the visitors at the event. The Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival is well known for great entertainers. In the early years the organizers had to go looking for entertainers to visit Worland but now that the event is so well known entertainers continually call the event committee to find out if they can be included. A nice problem to have, entertainers have included Claire Lynch (Tennessee), Kruger Brothers (Europe), Mountain Holler (Colorado), Sweet Sunny South (Colorado), Kenny & Amanda Smith (Tennessee), Northern Departure (Washington), Spring Creek (Colorado), Drivetrain (Georgia), Leftover Biscuits (Montana) & many others. Because of great attendance and community support the organizing committee decided to build a new top of the line festival stage that provides great sight lines and showcases the entertainment in the best possible way. An awesome sound is achieved by one of the best sound company’s available in Old Blue Sound. A new stage, top entertainment & high quality sound are the key ingredients in unbelievable FREE entertainment. Yes, FREE admission is another of the “Big Ideas” the original organizing committee decided upon. Unbelievable business and individual support allows the event to be free with the only thing folks have to pay for is food & drink.
Kids Play Area and Kids ‘Q’
In addition to the BBQ and entertainment the Wyoming State BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival also features other areas of interest such as a kid’s play area (including bouncy toys and Face Painting), Classic Car Show, Pancake Breakfast, Kids BBQ competition, People’s Choice competition and a “Jam Session” for anybody who just wants to play along with other enthusiasts. Future plans also include workshops led by entertainers for budding artists young and old.
Courtesy of the Worland BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival web site