750 Attend Small Campground's 'Que and Cruz'
The Small Country Campground in Louisa, Va., welcomed approximately 750 people to the Que and Cruz on July 20. Now in its sixth year, the event brings together barbecue lovers and classic car enthusiasts for a fun-filled day dedicated to helping two wonderful causes, The Rural Virginian, Charlottesville, reported.
Since its creation, the Que and Cruz has raised about $15,000 for the Zion Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department and the Small Country Children’s Christmas Fund. Bill Small, whose family owns the Small Country Campground, said his father started the fund to raise money for youth-related programs such as DARE.
This year, 45 teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region participated in the Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned event, which is a Virginia state championship. Teams were able to compete in four different categories: pork ribs, chicken, pork shoulder or Boston butt, and beef brisket. A grand champion and reserve champion were also selected as the overall winners. 3 Eyz BBQ of Maryland took home the top prize, followed by the Pavone Brothers of Fredericksburg.
“The winner of our contest qualifies for the Jack Daniels Invitational,” said Small, a volunteer fireman who has cooked barbecue competitively since 2003.
Due to health department regulations, the public was not allowed to sample the competitors’ creations, but several food vendors, including Mad Dog’s Grill, were on hand to sell their own barbecue, as well as corn dogs, funnel cakes, sno-cones, and kettle corn. Horton Vineyards offered wine tasting. Many craft vendors were also in attendance, selling items such as hair bows, purses, jewelry, and candles.
Attendees were treated to a day of live music beside Lake Ruth Ann, the campground’s popular fishing spot. Marc Ellis and the Last Call Band, Grindin’ Gears, and the Domino Effect all agreed to perform free of charge. The bands are from Louisa, Gordonsville and Richmond, respectively.
Hot rods and classic cars and trucks took part in the car competition. Prizes were awarded to the Top 25, best of show car, best of show truck, best paint, furthest distance traveled and club participation. Some of the vehicles which participated included a 1953 Ford F-150 Cobra from Bumpass, a 2005 SSR Corvette from Emporia and a 1949 Mercury Coupe nicknamed “Betty.” A pair of vintage dairy trucks, originally from Waynesboro, Pa., were also in attendance.
Small Country Campground plans to host the event again next year, but on a much smaller scale. Attendance levels haven’t been as high as anticipated, so they will likely have a backyard-style cookout.
“We’re going to do something next year, but it’s probably going to be a lot smaller,” said Small. “We’re just not getting the support from the community.”
More information about the Que and Cruz can be found at www.queandcruz.com.