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Hillbilly Hog Barbeque Competitors Appreciate Custom Designed Prizes for Their Culinary Efforts

BBQ Culinary Artists Practicing at BabyLand. They will be going home with Winners.

BBQ Culinary Artists Practicing at BabyLand. They will be going home with Winners.

Hillbilly Hog Barbeque Competitors Appreciate Custom Designed Prizes for Their Culinary Efforts

 Cleveland, Ga. — Unpredictable as the weather, distinctive as a fingerprint, the art of barbeque is fiercely competitive, but the overall goal is to make excellent barbeque with the mandate for Kansas City BBQ Society Competitors to have fun.

The four-acre front lawn in front of the white-columned Southern Style home of the Cabbage Patch Kids is the fall venue for Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival on Oct. 24 & 25th at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga.

There is no admission charge for this event which includes live performances, arts and crafts vendors, barbecue tasting, barbecue learning opportunities, rib eating contest, Piglet Playland, and more.

The autumn leaves, blazing in red, yellow and orange, are like flames heating coal and licking logs to coax them into flavorful smoke ready to penetrate beef briskets, chicken and pork butts. Professional, Backyard, and Kid Q competitors spend months experimenting with herbs and spices for secret rubs, and marinade to be massaged into competition approved meats. Sauces are conjured into mouthwatering concoctions to enhance the flavor of the delicately smoked meats. Positioned for presentation, the meat is clocked for entry, then, judged by former competitors with consistent criteria, but 65 judges with different tastebuds from as far away as Canada. For all their effort, the competitors are looking for points as well as prizes totaling over $11,000.

In addition to the purse prizes, Event coordinator Heather Sinyard, has worked with her committees to try and find interesting, custom-made or designed trophies reflecting the Georgia Mountains area for the culinary competitors.

Grand Prize winner in addition to cash will receive an individually, hand-sculpted, Little People, Kid, valued at $295. Personality created by hand-stitching, the adoptable baby is one of a kind, dressed in Chef’s hat and apron. A custom-designed, laser-burned wood trophy, with the 2014 event logo will be made by White County High School students, who are learning the trade. Wood density and resin content affect the precision cuts, which evaporate in a puff of smoke, like  wood flavoring barbeque. Previous years included a custom-designed trophy by Owens Welding.

Beth Mewborn of “J&B’s BBQ said, “We love the custom trophies! They’re even more fun, when they’re tied to something local made in the theme of the event.”

“With custom trophies, it’s like you’re getting a piece of artwork as well as an award. You can see a person’s craft, creativity and skill. It’s also a much better conversation piece than just say a “ball” type trophy. We have just won a Dale Wilson trophy…it’s hanging on a wall for display, not in a drawer,” said Herschell Fuller from the BBQ Team “Brothas From Anotha Motha.”

At the age of nine, Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., and first-time BabyLand visitor, wanted to win one of the Kids Q Prizes, which was a BabyLand Exclusive Cabbage Patch Kid in a chef’s hat and apron. Now eleven, Mackenzie made her dad, Ryan the “guinea pig” for the different barbeque recipes for two years. What started as a “stop” at BabyLand for the McCarty family has turned into an annual four-day trip to Cleveland, Ga. This year, mom, Brenda, signed up to be an arts and craft vendor.

“After attending several BBQ competitions around the state a few years ago, I quickly realized after talking to teams and other organizers that teams really appreciate unique, one of a kind trophies. I equate it to the fact that a BBQ Pit Master really is an artist. They appreciate the artistic effort in the one-of-a-kind trophies for these events,” said event coordinator Heather Sinyard.

Following is a schedule of activities for the two-day event. Attendees will have an opportunity to get pit passes to learn a little more about the art of barbequing, a cooking technique that throws out the control of an oven and thermostat to the wit and wisdom of the seasoned BBQ culinary artist.

 

Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown & Fall Leaf Festival Schedule
Fri.-Oct. 24 Activity Cost
5 p.m. Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission
5-9 p.m. Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland  $5 for up to 2-day play armband
6-8 p.m. King of the Wing Challenge & Tasting Opportunity: Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms $5 armband to sample wings from participating BBQ teams. Vote for favorite. Armband available at entrance or Tasting Tent sponsored by United Community Bank
6-8 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
7 p.m. Family Friendly Outdoor Movie Free. Bring blanket/chair and cuddle up on lawn.
Sat-Oct. 25 Activity Cost
9:00 AM BabyLand General Hospital Opens: No admission charge. Wear Halloween costume, free prize drawings & Halloween treat bag for children 12 & under. Take picture with Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters.
10:00 AM Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission: Arts, crafts, merchandise vendors, musical entertainment
10:00 to 5 p.m. Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland $5 Armband for unlimited playing, games, cornbox & more
11:00 AM United Community Bank Music Stage 14 Roots
12:00 PM People’s Choice Tasting Tent $10 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Pulled pork samples from select participating teams, then vote. Average twenty 1 oz. samples.
12 p.m. Celebrity Rib Eating: White County Commission Chair Travis Turner; White County Sheriff’s Dept, TBD; Helen Police Chief Jim Couch; White County High School Principal John Osborne; Coach Dustin Proctor, Cleveland MMA; Chase Sanitation Owner, Travis Halbrook.
12-1 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Luke Latimer
1-5 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
1-3 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Ms. Lilly’s Singers, Sautee School of Dance & Spotlight Players
2-4 p.m. Kids Q Contest sponsored by BabyLand General Hospital and Southern BBQ Challenge Watch budding young pit masters as they whip up their best culinary creations using boneless, enter-cut pork chops
3-4 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Tallulah River Blue Grass Band
4:15 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Magician, Jay Ward (also several hours of balloon fun with kids before his performance)
5:00 PM BBQ Awards Who gets bragging rights to the title of Grand champion and a chunk of the $11,000 in prize money based on 65 Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges from throughout the Southeast

 

For official rules and applications visit Hillbillyhogbbq.com or contact Heather Sinyard at 706-809-0139 or heather@hillbillyhogbbq.com.

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About Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc./dba BabyLand General Hospital, Home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. (OAA) owner of the Cabbage Patch Kids brand, was founded in 1978 by Cabbage Patch Kids creator Xavier Roberts. It is a privately held corporation located in Cleveland, Georgia. Headquarters to the world famous Cabbage Patch Kids brand, the new BabyLand General® Hospital, a 70,000 sq. ft., Southern Style home is located in a rural, mountain community north of Atlanta. Daily welcoming the family of 128 million ‘Kids worldwide, BabyLand General also houses the Official Online Adoption Center. Investing in the future of the artist’s hometown and its people, OAA also manages a wide range of other projects, while continuing to deliver for over 36 years, the hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind, soft-sculpture art, once again called Little People® from the Cabbage Patch. www.cabbagepatchkids.com * @cpkusa * Cabbage Patch Kids Fan Page.

Cabbage Patch Kids Halloween Celebration

Trick or Treat at BabyLand General on Oct. 25.

Trick or Treat at BabyLand General on Oct. 25, 2014

Halloween can be safe and fun with the Cabbage Patch Kids at BabyLand General Hospital on Saturday, October 25, 2014. It’s free!

Wear your costume, then, Trick or Treat inside BabyLand General Hospital from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be hourly prize drawings, Halloween coloring pages, Candy Treat Bags and Cabbage Patch Kids Costume Characters. Make sure to vote for your favorite Scarecrow in Babyland’s first Scarecrow Competition.  All during the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival.

 

36th Annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration

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36th Annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration

 

Saturday November 22, Appalachian Christmas

Events with Santa

Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Saturday, November 22nd 8:00 a.m.

Pancake Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Monday, Dec. 22nd 9:00 a.m.

*Pancake Breakfast – Cost $10 per person. Reservations required.  Call (706) 865-2171 Ext. 0

 

Photos & Wishes with Santa

Photos with your own camera or Keepsake 5×7 Photo with Folder – Cost $10

   Saturday, November 22, 10 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 23,     1 PM – 4 PM

    Friday, November 28,    11 AM – 4 PM

Saturday, November 29,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 30,     1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 6,     1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 7,     1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 13,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14,    1 PM – 4 PM

Saturday, December 20,   11 AM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 21,    1 PM – 4 PM

Monday, December 22 1 PM-4 PM

Milk and Cookies with Mrs. Claus

Cost $5 per person.  Open seating.  BabyLand Ballroom

Saturday, November 22,   1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, November 30, 1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 7, 1 PM – 4 PM

Sunday, December 14, 1 PM – 4 PM

Monday, December 22, 1 PM – 4 PM

Santa with Cabbage Patch Kids

Cabbage Patch Kids want to find a good home for the Holidays.

First Ever Scarecrow Contest-Details To Follow

Scarecrow Contest Details to follow.

Scarecrow Contest Details to follow.

Bringing in a good Fall Harvest is important at the Cabbage Patch at BabyLand General Hospital, because winter weather is unpredictable in the North Georgia Mountains. Though we have had fairly mild winters recently, we did experience one winter, 1981, when it was so cold Mother Cabbage was not able to deliver a Christmas Edition.

We invite you to pay tribute to the scarecrows, who silently stand in fields and gardens. No matter the weather they attempt to scare off crows and any other varmints ready to prey on ripening crops. Growing enough vegetables in season, then preserve the reserve for the future is a healthy farm to table way of life.

There is no entry fee in our first ever Scarecrow Contest with Cash and prizes totaling over $1,000. Scarecrow Display will begin Oct. 3 to 31, 2014. BabyLand Visitors will be the judges with winners and awards announced on Nov. 1. More details to follow. Contest entry forms and judging will be available at BabyLand.

Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown Schedule of Events

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Vendor & Contestant applications: www.hillbillyhogbbq.com

 

 Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown & Fall Leaf Festival Schedule – 
Friday-Oct. 24 Activity Cost
5 p.m. Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission
5-9 p.m. Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland  $5 for up to 2-day play armband
6-8 p.m. King of the Wing Challenge & Tasting Opportunity: Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms $5 armband to sample wings from participating BBQ teams. Vote for favorite. Armband available at entrance or Tasting Tent sponsored by United Community Bank
6-8 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
7 p.m. Family Friendly Outdoor Movie Free. Bring blanket/chair and cuddle up on lawn.
Sat-Oct. 25 Activity Cost
9:00 AM BabyLand General Hospital Opens: No admission charge. Wear Halloween costume, free prize drawings & Halloween treat bag for children 12 & under. Take picture with Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters.
10:00 AM Hillbilly Hog Gates Open Free Admission: Arts, crafts, merchandise vendors, musical entertainment
10:00 to 5 p.m.

 

10:00 a.m.

Piglet PlayLand Sponsored by McDonald’s & Zaxby’s of Cleveland

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$5 Armband for unlimited playing, games, cornbox & more

 

 

11:00 AM United Community Bank Music Stage 14 Roots
12:00 PM People’s Choice Tasting Tent $10 WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Pulled pork samples from select participating teams, then vote. Average twenty 1 oz. samples.
12 p.m. Celebrity Rib Eating: White County Commission Chair Travis Turner; White County Sheriff’s Dept. Detention Officer, Darius Dorsey; Helen Police Chief Jim Couch; White County High School Principal John Osborne; Coach Dustin Proctor, Cleveland MMA; Chase Sanitation Owner, Travis Halbrook; Helen Fire Chief, Lee Poteat.
12-1 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Luke Latimer
1-5 p.m. Pit Pass Tickets $5 armband for behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a BBQ Competition Team. Several teams agreed to bring through tours of BBQ enthusiasts to cook site and share some inside info, BBQ secrets & maybe, some BBQ.
1-3 p.m. United Community Bank Music Stage Ms. Lilly’s Singers, Sautee School of Dance & Spotlight Players
2-4 p.m. Kids Q Contest sponsored by BabyLand General Hospital and Southern BBQ Challenge Watch budding young pit masters as they whip up their best culinary creations using boneless, enter-cut pork chops
3-4 p.m.

4:15

United Community Bank Music Stage

United community Bank Music Stage

Tallulah River Blue Grass Band

Magician, Jay Ward (will also do balloon fun on the grounds before performance)

5:00 PM BBQ Awards Who gets bragging rights to the title of Grand champion and a chunk of the $11,000 in prize money based on 65 Kansas City Barbeque Society Judges from throughout the Southeast
Presenting Partner BabyLand General Hospital
Whole Hawg Partner White County Georgia
King of the Wing Springer Mountain Farms
Sanitation & Recycling Chase Sanitation
Musical Stage United Community Bank
Divine Swine Media Partner Habersham EMC
Divine Swine Media Partner White County High School/Warrior TV – WTVN
Event Shuttle Partner Cool River Tubing
Partner Hotel Best Western River Inn Park & Conference Center
Ride for Your Community Jacky Jones Ford
Best Butts In Town Country In & Suites
Hawg Wild White County Farm Bureau
Hawg Wild Adams IGA
Hawg Wild Mountain Valley Community Bank
Hawg Wild Gunbroker.com
Hawg Wild Mully’s Nacoochee Grill
Hawg Wild Papa’s Pizza
Hawg Wild White County Farmers Exchange
Hawg Wild Huddle House
Hawg Wild North Georgia Roll Off Containers
Hawg Wild Southern Comfort
Piglet Playland Partner McDonald’s of Cleveland
Piglet Playland Partner Zaxby’s of Cleveland
This Little Piggy Partner Carl Free
This Little Piggy Partner Law Offices of Chad Knott
This Little Piggy Partner Bill Sutton Jr.
This Little Piggy Partner Bud Black
This Little Piggy Partner Circle H. Enterprises
This Little Piggy Partner White County Chamber of Commerce

BabyLand’s Fall Fest – Sept. 13, 2014

BabyLand’s Fall Fest is Cabbage Patch Kid Creator, Xavier Roberts, gift to the community. The artist entrepreneur presents a growing global family, a day full of fun, free, memorable activities with music and dancing with Cabbage Patch Kid Costume Characters and prize drawings from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia.

New this year is an Artistic Outdoor Scavenger Hunt. Based on a BabyLand Scavenger Hunt list, you observe the beautiful world around you and draw it as you see it. Art is a focus that Xavier wants to share with children of all ages. Art encourages creativity, imagination and discovery. There is joy in all colors, shapes and dimensions.

Be sure to sign and date your work of art. You will have the opportunity to display your artwork for the day or take it home to share your experiences at BabyLand with family and friends through your “treasured” sketches.

Welcome the Fall Season at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga.

Welcome the Fall Season at BabyLand General Hospital in Cleveland, Ga.

11-Year-Old Returns To BabyLand General For Barbeque Competition

Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand Oct. 24 & 25 to compete in Kids Q Barbeque  Competition.

Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand Oct. 24 & 25 to compete in Kids Q Barbeque Competition.

CLEVELAND, Ga. (Immediate Release 2014) – Eleven-year-old Mackenzie McCarty of Warminster, Pa., returns to BabyLand General® Hospital in the North Georgia Mountains, to compete in the Kids Q at the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown and Fall Leaf Festival, a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Event, Oct. 24 & 25, 2014.

At the age of nine, the competitive student and first-time BabyLand visitor, wanted to win one of the Kids Q Prizes, which was a BabyLand Exclusive Cabbage Patch Kid in a chef’s hat and apron. Her dad, Ryan has been the “guinea pig” for the different barbeque recipes for two years. What started as a “stop” at BabyLand for the McCarty family has turned into an annual four-day trip to Cleveland, Ga. This year, mom, Brenda, signed up to be an arts and craft vendor.

Brenda wants her own parents to come to the BBQ Throwdown at BabyLand, because it was her Mom, Karen, who made dad, Harry Gledhill, stand in line in 1983 for her first Cabbage Patch Kid, Adorie Elka. Cabbage Patch Kids became a part of this family’s history. Brenda was thrilled to discover there was a BabyLand General Hospital, home of the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Now, the Hillbilly Hog Barbecue has become an annual visit, they are hoping to come to other events and bring their friends.

The young, second-generation, Cabbage Patch Kid mom, Mackenzie, already busy with horseback riding, archery and taxidermy, now adds barbeque competitor to her list of acquired skills.

Trained in culinary arts and a KCBS Backyard BBQ competitor, Heather Sinyard, Event Organizer, is dedicated to the significance of getting young people involved in this competition. “At this stage it is a family commitment. Barbeque is more than just putting chicken or pork on a grill. Just like the adults, the young people have to consider barbecue flavors, charcoal heat, timing and presentation. From an educational standpoint it is a class in chemistry, business time management, culinary and artistic food styling. Just like the Guidelines for KCBS competitions, Kids Q is just fun!”

The Kid’s Q cooking competition is sponsored again this year by BabyLand General® Hospital. Each child competing will be provided with a grill from the Southern BBQ Challenge, prep area, and the meat they have to barbeque for judging. This year, the competition will be for the best pork chop. The kids are encouraged to use their creativity in their cooking method, seasoning and presentation for judging. All contestants will bring their own cooking utensils, cooking supplies and seasonings.

There are two age levels to compete in: the Mini Pit Masters, ages 6-10, and Junior Pit Masters, ages 11-15. Each child is required to have an adult supervise their activities during the contest and may assist with lighting fires, handling knives, etc., but cannot help with the actual food preparation or cooking. Each age level only has 12 spots available and they are already starting to fill up. Top cooks in each category will receive a $50 cash prize and an Exclusive Cabbage Patch Kid® from BabyLand General® Hospital. Second place in each category will also take home a $25 cash prize. All participants will receive a commemorative Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown souvenir.

This Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) Sanctioned competition brings Professional, Backyard and young people from 6 to 15 from all over the Southeast to compete in different categories with prizes totaling $11,000 to the competition in Cleveland, Ga. For the professional and backyard categories, 65 highly qualified KCBS judges come in from many different states, including some from as far away as Indiana and Kentucky. They award points based on appearance, taste and texture.

This competition at BabyLand is also part of the Southern BBQ Challenge (SBBQC), which means the possibility of winning an additional prize purse at the end of the year. This is an important event to those shooting for the Challenge Cup at the end of the year because the Hillbilly Hog BBQ Throwdown is a member contest in the SBBQC so all cook teams earn double points for competing in Cleveland.

The Throwdown will feature a professional KCBS competition including several teams featured on popular BBQ shows, a “King of the Grill”. In addition to the barbeque competition there is will be a People Choice Tasting tent, food vendors, rib eating contest, arts & crafts, corn box and more fun for the kids at BabyLand General® Hospital and in the Piglet Playland.

Parents or kids interested in the Kid’s Q can get more information, including the official rules and application by visiting the Throwdown website at hillbillyhogbbq.com and clicking on “Participant Forms & Info” tab or they can contact Heather Sinyard at 706-809-0139 or heather@hillbillyhogbbq.comHHBTD logo wo date

Toys R Us Hosts 10 Cabbage Patch Twinkle Toes Kids Sparkle Parties In Canada – Aug. 16, 2014

Cabbage Patch Twinkle Toes Kids

Sparkle Party

Saturday, August 16, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Toys“R”Us locations across Canada

Admission: FREE

WHO:

At the 10 Toys“R”Us stores, customers will have the opportunity to celebrate by having their photo taken and placed in a specially designed Cabbage Patch “Twinkle Toes” Kids frame. They can visit the decorating station to make their photo frame sparkle just like Skechers’ Twinkle Toes shoes!

 WHEN:

Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WHERE:

Toys“R”Us locations:

  • Cross Iron Mills, Alberta
  • Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
  • Laval, Quebec
  • Argyle, Orleans, London, Kitchener, Whitby, Barrie, and Sherway Gardens, Ontario.

WHAT ELSE:

$5-off coupon for all Cabbage Patch Twinkle Toes Kids at Toys“R”Us event locations.

For the very first time Cabbage Patch Kids partners with Skechers’ brand of Twinkle Toes shoes to get their twinkle on with their very own pair of light up shoes! Each CPK sized shoe lights up when tapped and is a miniature replica of the most popular Twinkle Toes styles!  To mark this fashion-forward occasion for the iconic toy brand, Toys“R”Us will host 10 celebration parties in flagship stores across Canada.

Like the originals, each Cabbage Patch Twinkle Toes Kid is one of a kind, just like real kids, and comes with removable fashions, a birth certificate and adoption papers with a unique name and birthday and the iconic baby powder scent that everyone loves and remembers.

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Cabbage Patch Kids Tea Party – August 16

Sip tea with the family at the Cabbage Patch Kids Tea Party. Reservations 706-865-2171, Ext. 0.

Sip tea with the family at the Cabbage Patch Kids Tea Party. Reservations 706-865-2171, Ext. 0.

Make reservations today to join the Cabbage Patch Kids and Little People for tea at BabyLand General Hospital on Saturday, Aug. 16th, 2014, at 2 p.m. Sip tea in the beautifully decorated BabyLand Ballroom. Cost is $12.

Sign Up For An Hour Cabbage Patch Kids Craft Class

IMG_1740Color a T-shirt in a fun art session that includes  the shirt, snack and a little souvenir. CHOOSE ONE DAY, Monday through Friday, July 7-18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am. The hour and a half session at BabyLand General Hospital is a perfect activity this summer for a family to do together in the Georgia Mountains. Cost is $15. Call for reservation 706-865-2171, Ext. 0.