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Smokin' on Blackshear BBQ & Music Festival

Calling all South Georgia BBQ Pitmasters! Whether you rule the grill at home or on the competitive circuit, we’ve got the perfect event just for you. We’ve teamed up with the Georgia Barbecue Association to bring you South Georgian BBQ at it’s best, live music, food from across the state and a host of talented arts & crafts vendors.

April 20, 2024

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Free Festival Admission

Food Vendors

Food Vendors will be onsite offering Burgers, BBQ, Fried Oreos and more!


Arts & Crafts

Vendors will be onsite selling local arts & crafts goods.

Live Music

TBD Stay Tuned!

Event Sponsors

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, Cordele Crisp Tourism, Georgia AG Farm Credit, Labor Finders, Marvair

There will be two competitions going on simultaneously.

Cooking For Fun Competition

Amateur grill masters are welcome to enter our Cooking for Fun Competition. We’ll be judging Ribs, Pulled Pork and Pork Loin . Cook teams are not required to enter all categories.



Pro Cooking Competition

Pro BBQ Teams are eligible for a prize of up to $2,000 and compete in GBA competitions across the state of Georgia. Similar to amateur competition, the pro teams have the opportunity to be judged on Ribs, Pulled Pork and Pork Loin, but are not required to enter all categories.



Rules & Information

The person designated as Pitmaster in the GBA Competition must be GBA member in order to compete. Information of GBA membership can be found at www.bbqga.orgThe competition will be conducted following the rules of the Georgia Barbecue Association. To obtain a complete set of GBA rules go to

For questions or info contact:

Linda Hawkins

No member of a CFF team may have participated as a PITMASTER of a professional cook team in any barbecue event (sanctioned or unsanctioned) in the past.

Cook team sites are RV campground spaces which include water, 30 AMP electric and cable service. Sites will be reserved in order of application receipt.

Call for More Info Lake Blackshear Dining 800 459 1230

Want to be a vendor at our event?

We’re looking for a number of vendors to fill our roster during our festival weekend. We need local artists to rent space for selling their leatherworks, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, accessories and more. Likewise, we’re looking for a number of food vendors and food trucks to come in during the weekend festival. Space is sold in 10′ x 10′ increments so those needing additional space will want to register early so we can ensure side-by-side space accommodations.

Check out or vendor applications below.



Spaces are sold in 10′ x 10′ increments and can have electricity & water hookup if requested. Be sure to indicate if you are reserving more than one space. Set up begins at 7:00 a.m. Tables, chairs, or canopies will NOT be provided, so please remember to bring your own.

Make Reservations Today 229-276-1004

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