Hog Jam 2012 – Results

Hog Jam 2012 Results

A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful fall day filled with the aroma of BBQ in the North Georgia Mountains on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Professional and backyard teams worked tirelessly through the evening  Friday and all day Saturday to compete for the thousands of dollars in prize money.

In its inaugural year, the Presenting Sponsor for Hog Jam 2012 was Forty Creek Whisky. All members of the BBQ teams, sponsors, judges, vendors, and board members of the sanctioning body, Georgia BBQ Association, enjoyed a Friday night welcome reception sponsored by Forty Creek Whisky and Kinetic Telecom Services. The reception featured hors’d oeuvres prepared by Chef Bill Minkert and the Copperhead Culinary Team as well as an open bar featuring Forty Creek Whisky. Live music by 12 Gauge Persuaders kept the teams up and dancing until it was time to get to the work they had come for – BBQ!

On Saturday, vendors lined the covered front porch of the Lodge, along with a large display set up by Harley Davidson of Cartersville, another event sponsor. Patrons were able to shop with vendors, enjoy a plate of BBQ donated by Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA and prepared by Smokey Q BBQ, Blairsville, GA and listen to live music by Modern Vinyl and Mike Watson Blues Band.

Over $6,000 in prize money was awarded to the best teams. Results were as follows:

Grand Champion – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Reserve Champion – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Professional Results:

Ribs – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Jethro’s Cooking Crew, Richland, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Bubba Grills, Haddock, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – The Pampered Pig, Blackshear, GA

Backyard Results:

Grand Champion – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Reserve Champion – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Ribs – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ribs – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Ribs – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pulled Pork – 1st place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Pulled Pork – 2nd place – Screaming Eagle BBQ, Tiger, GA

Pulled Pork – 3rd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 1st place – Wilbur’s Been Smokin’ Somthin’, Woodstock, GA

Pork Loin – 2nd place – Rollin Smoker, Cumming, GA

Pork Loin – 3rd place – Diggin Que, Rome, GA

Ancillary Results:

Sauce – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Brunswick Stew – Smokinwilly Squealers, Barney, GA

Wild Game – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

Dessert – Rufus Smokehouse BBQ, Stockbridge, GA

Bloody Mary – Onsite Ribs, Jackson, GA

The Lodge at Copperhead and the Georgia BBQ Association wish to thank the generous sponsors who made this event possible. Forty Creek Whisky, Kinetic Telecom Service, Lawbike.com, Harley Davidson of Cartersville, RUWebby, LLC, Straight Count Choppers, Biker Barn, Holiday Inn Express, Bi-Lo, Blairsville, GA, TH Griffith Agency, Inc., Visual Outdoor Advertising, Elder Financial Services – Nationwide Insurance, Mountain View RV Resort, Blairsville Cinema, and United Community Bank. Without your support this event would not have been possible, and we thank you!

Veteran’s Memorial Dedication Scheduled

3rd Anniversary celebration weekend for The Lodge at Copperhead April 7 – 8. The Lodge will be kicking off the 2012 season with their biggest event of the year, featuring

Installers for new flag pole

the dedication of their Veteran’s Memorial, Saturday April 7 at 2:00 pm. (Full details: http://www.thelodgeatcopperhead.com/index.cfm?Content=34&Menu=1)

Car and Bike Show registration starts at 10 am with the show beginning at Noon. Cash, and prizes awarded at 3pm. See The Lodge’s website calendar for more information and registration forms. Registration fee is $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show.

Other activities include: Live music by local favorite Modern Vinyl, Noon to 3 pm. At 6pm The Mike Watson Band takes The Porch. There will also be a benefit motorcycle treasure hunt, a DYNO machine by Woods Performance Tuning, and vendors to shop.

The weekend festivities continue on Sunday with an Easter sunrise service, and Easter brunch. Full menu is available here

3rd Annual “Heart Ball” – February 11, 2012

Join us for a magical evening of romance and fine dining. For the
third year in a row, Chef Brian Whitcomb delivers a five course meal you  won’t soon forget. Full bar and signature cocktails available. Dance the night away to the soulful sounds of Mike Watson Band.

Lodging packages with dinner, music, & chocolate
strawberries in your room available, starting at just $224. Use Promo
Code “BALL” – click here to make reservations.

Dinner only tickets available here, or call 706-835-7433.

Menu:

Baby Lamb Chop served over Winter Mediterranean Cous Cous with a Balsamic Reduction

New England Clam Chowder served in a Sour Dough Boule

Chilled Waldorf Salad served on a bed of Butter Bibb

Choice of:
Ancho Chili Encrusted Tenderloin of Beef
served with a Roasted Yellow Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Pico, Fried
Panko Encrusted Garlic Potato Cake garnished with fresh Cilantro and Sea
Salt Potato Straws

or

Filet of Wild Caught Salmon stuffed with Spinach and Crab served over Texas Basmati Rice and Poached Baby Bok Choy and Leeks

Creme Caramel with a Caramel Cage

$49.95 per person, Reservations required.

Celebrating 4th of July – Mountain style

It’s a time honored tradition to celebrate the birthday of The United States of America on Independence Day, July 4th with outdoor events including music, great food & drinks, plus fireworks displays.  This year’s celebration at The Lodge at Copperhead was no exception.
The holiday weekend celebration held resort guests and regional visitors captive with non-stop activities with the restaurant dishing out award-winning entrees and beverages to fit the occasion.

Many resort guests opted for whitewater rafting, kayaking, boating, golfing, or running The Gauntlet, North Georgia newest riding/driving attraction.  Still others enjoyed their favorite frozen drinks pool side.  Just a matter of choice of the things to see and do to enjoy the holiday.

Weekend Highlights
1st Annual Battle of the Bands
Special thanks to Steering by Starlight, Neighborhood Watch, & The BacTracs Band for competing in our inaugural Battle of the Bands.  Congratulations to The BacTracs Band, the 1st Place Winner of 3 Gigs at The Lodge at Copperhead.  The judges ranked you highest in professionalism, tight harmony, well rehearsed, and authentic sound on cover and original selection. 

Stay tuned for the announcement of upcoming play dates at The Lodge at Copperhead, and don’t miss the opportunity to see this great band play at North Georgia’s finest live music venue.  We appreciate the veteran music industry judges for judging the competition.  We look forward to having you again for next year’s Battle of the Bands.   Outdoor entertainment sponsored by Lawbike.com, Biker 101 Magazine, Von Gogh Vodka, Yuengling, Garage 71 Radio, Elder Financial Services, Inc., Chattahoochee Biker Gear, and R&R Trikes & Accessories.

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Competition Heating up for Battle of the Bands

The competition is keen as bands audition for a spot to perform during the 2011 Battle of the Bands contest July 2nd, Noon-6 pm at The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, GA. Top bands are vying for the coveted 1st Place Award – 3 Gigs at North Georgia’s Premier Vacation Destination and Special Event Venue, The Lodge at Copperhead, Blairsville, Georgia.

The battle will begin with each band playing cover and original songs before a live audience and music industry professionals. Prizes will be awarded to the top three bands. First Place – 3 Gigs at The Lodge at Copperhead, 2nd Place – CASH, 3rd Place – Gift certificates will be awarded by North Georgia’s new riding-driving attraction, The Gauntlet, Biker Barn, LLC and Garage 71 Radio. The winner’s first performance will be at 7pm that evening.

Michelle Evans, Spokesperson for The Lodge at Copperhead said, “We are excited about the bands who have been selected to compete in this annual event.” “It will be a battle to the finish.” Adding, “Bands interested in competing should provide audition CD prior to the June 30th deadline.”

The 2011 Battle of the Bands line-up includes Big Pappy Hinds Band, Steering by Starlight, Bac Trac Band, Neighborhood Watch and more.  The Competition kicks-off the July 4th Weekend Celebration that includes great music by Mike Watson, pool party, fireworks display, comfort food with attitude and your favorite beverages. The holiday package – (2 or 3 night available) 3 night stays starting at just $275 plus taxes (Hotel) includes weekend entertainment. Reserve at website: Using PROMO Code “4th.”

The 2011 Battle of the Bands is open to the general public with FREE Admission.  The Lodge at Copperhead will have great food and your favorite beverages available at the event.  Gabriella’s Italian Icees and Missing Link Records will also be vending at the event.  The community is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the day.  No coolers please.  Admission to other musical events during the weekend is $5 per person or FREE when dining in the restaurant. For more information, call 706-835-7433.

The Lodge at Copperhead thanks the following sponsors for hosting musical events at the amphitheater: Chattahoochee R&R, Yuengling, Biker 101, Lawbike.com, Von Gogh Vodka BLUE, Garage 71 Radio and Elder Financial Services, Inc.

ABOUT THE RESORT: The Lodge at Copperhead, 171 Copperhead Parkway, Blairsville, GA is a destination resort offering lodging, casual fine dining, full service bar, special events, cabins and other amenities on the forty acre resort. Lodging reservations are available at website or by calling 706-835-7433.