The INTERSTATE BBQ FESTIVAL (a state championship event) has its permanent digs at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center just south of Hagerstown, MD

All KCBS BBQ COMPETITIONS: professional, backyard and kids

Friday night is not open to the public. Competition teams will be settling in, 

meeting, prepping, cooking, and competing.

Saturday's Main Event is open to the public from 11am - 6pm with Live Music, 

Cornhole & Other Games & more. See TICKETS page for entry details.

Proudly featuring regional beer and wine

Dozens of LOCAL restaurants, caterers, artists, crafters, and businesses

NESTLED between the beginnings of Spring and Memorial Day

A true family atmosphere (children 12 & under are free) with a HUGE KIDS ZONE

Over 2,500+ people attend annually

The Interstate BBQ Festival has several charitable partners who share in proceeds

The Interstate Festival Group has produced over 30 large regional festivals since 2014





* One KCBS certified event organizer executes the event
* Four KCBS National Representatives run the competitions
* Over 110 KCBS certified judges participate
* Over 90 KCBS Competition Teams compete
* Approved by the Governor as an official State Championship Event

* Over $15,000 in total prize money awarded each year!

We are honored to be able to bring an event of this magnitude to Hagerstown & Washington County, MD. By bringing in dozens of vendors, arranging for samples, offering beer and wine for sale, having kids 12 & under free with tons of activities, and so much more, we hope you will join us in this total celebration of BBQ in our own back yard!


About the Kansas City Barbeque Society
The Kansas City Barbeque Society, formed in 1986, is a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form. Their goal is to have barbeque recognized as America's Cuisine. KCBS is the world's largest organization of barbeque and grilling enthusiasts with over 14,000 members worldwide.

World Class BBQ, 10 BBQ Food Vendors, 50+ Vendors, & 90+ Pro & Backyard Competition BBQ Teams

Giddyup And Go!

The Interstate Festival Group professionally produces large, safe, fun events in and around Hagerstown, MD. Our events include the Interstate BBQ Festival, the Interstate Blues Fest, the Quad State Beer Fest, Fall Back Wine Fest, and ShamRocked!

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