On October 12-14, 2018, Indian Springs Camp, located in Kountze, Texas, will host the first annual Big Thicket Hogs & Strings Music Festival and BBQ Cook-off. The three-day event combines a BBQ cook-off with well-known pit masters, camping under the Big Thicket stars, and the company of like-minded souls, with a live-music lineup like you’ve never seen in Southeast Texas. All proceeds from this one-of-a-kind event benefit Indian Springs Camp, a 501(c)(3) serving adults and children with disabilities.
“The purpose of the event is to bring members of the community together on several levels,” says Ronnie Stockholm, Executive Director of Indian Springs Camp. “This is an event that centers on fellowship through music and food, but the greater purpose is to raise funds for an incredibly important program that provides our nation’s heroes with opportunities that may otherwise have been out of reach.”
On Saturday, October 13, from 10:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., cooking teams will compete to be named the Big Thicket Hogs & Strings BBQ Champion. The three categories being judged are: best pork ribs, pulled pork and “anything goes” pork category. Cook-off access is free to the public and open to all ages. To enter a BBQ dish, teams are encouraged to visit birdeasepro.com/bigthickethogsstrings. The entry fee is $50 per team and cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
As one of the primary pillars of the event, live music will be heard around every corner. Beginning on Friday night through Sunday morning, more than ten musical acts will grace the Hogs & Strings stages including Andrew Duhon, Carson Mchone, Adam & Chris Carroll, Cody Schaeffer, Sabine River Band, Bronco Jr., Spencer Marks, Lee Pelly, Thomas Teague and more. All concerts are included in the festival ticket price.
The Weekend Pass includes access into all events, including concerts; primitive campsite access for Friday and Saturday nights; and the Sunday Gospel Brunch for $85.00. A Day-Pass is available for Saturday, October 13, which includes access into the cook-off and all concerts for $10.00.
The coordination of the Big Thicket Hogs & Strings Festival would not be possible without the generous contributions made by event sponsors including the Penland Foundation, Giglio Distributing, Cheniere Energy, the Family of Ben & Julie Rogers, Steel Painters, Inc., Willifords Golf Carts, LJA Engineering Inc., Anderson Homes, Read Ice, and Jonnie On The Spot.
Indian Springs Camp is a 501(c)3 organization that offers outdoor programs for children, veterans, the physically challenged, and the underprivileged to provide them with an opportunity to experience life at-one with nature. The programs include a variety of activities and curriculum designed to be fun and educational while helping participants gain a fresh, new perspective on life.
In 1998 Indian Springs Camp expanded their curriculum to include a more challenging program for veterans and children with disabilities. Along with the assistance of the Texas Parks & Wildlife, the camp began hosting a hunting program for the individuals with disabilities who attend the camp. Beginning opening weekend of hunting season and continuing through the end of hunting season, the camp invites wounded veterans to hunt, an activity that becomes nearly impossible in a standard setting when having to contend with a disability. Indian Springs also hosts special hunts for children with disabilities. This is all accomplished through donations made by businesses and community members and serves as an opportunity to thank local veterans for their unselfish service and show children the importance of community and outdoor recreation.