West Virginia Governor Jim Justice declared a proclamation of the state’s first ever barbeque festival in honor of Labor Day weekend.
The new tradition was held at the Hollywood Casino in Charles Town and attracted more than 2,000 people. Over 40 teams from all across the East Coast competed for the best pulled pork. A portion of money raised will benefit three local nonprofits: Protection4Paws, Jefferson High School and Friends and, Fur Life Animal Rescue.
“It’s about the barbeque, but it’s also about giving back to the local community,” said Robert Immer, organizer of the Interstate Festival Group. “You have 40 total vendors if you count. They’re coming out here making money as well so it’s really important for everybody to have a good time, be successful and keep doing this for years to come.”
The event was sponsored by the casino and the Interstate Festival Group and includes a two-night comedy show featuring American comedian Sinbad.