Chillin and Grillin In The Glades was first started in 2013 as an amateur BBQ contest. With the help of the Town of Wise, The Wise Business Association, Wise County Tourism Office, and RTE 23 Music Festival this event has since evolved into a three day BBQ & Music Festival featuring a professional Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest to crown the Virginia State BBQ Champion.
Chillin and Grillin In The Glades has something for everyone to enjoy. There are activities that are a focused on children in the Kids Corner like face painting, carnival games, and fire truck rides. There will be a Cornhole Tournament for people to compete in for prizes. There is also the coveted crown of Miss BarbeCutie. This one of a kind beauty pageant is judged solely on attitude and spunk for ages 1 to 12 years old! There will be a food court stocked with regular festival fair and of course barbecue! And for those who care to enjoy an adult beverage there will be a beer garden where you can purchase drafts from Walling Distributing. You must be over 21 years of age with a photo ID to enter the beer garden.
People who enjoy outdoor concerts will really love the Big Glades venue in downtown Wise, Virginia. RTE 23 Music Festival and the Town of Wise have teamed up to provide three days worth of entertainment ranging from Southern Rock, Rhythm and Blues, Country, and everything in between. And if Barbecue is your passion, this is the event for you! Up to 30 Professional teams from all over the United States will be showcasing their particular brand of BBQ and their culinary skills in downtown Wise, Virginia as they compete for $7500 in prize money and the prestigious title of Virginia State Champion!.